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Old 03-19-2011, 11:13 AM
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Question Coolant Leaking Issue

I just got my bike out of storage because the temperature finally soared above 45 (Upstate, NY). When I rolled it out I noticed a small (half dollar sized) pool of coolant of the floor. Upon further investigation I noticed that my coolant level was low and there, indeed was a leak just beyond the coolant tank. NOT being tech savvy I am not sure if this is an "easy" fix (new clamps or hose) or something I should take to a shop. Also, can I pour in some coolant and ride to repair shop or should I have it towed there? Any insight would be amazing!

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Old 03-19-2011, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by RyanTeeter View Post
I just got my bike out of storage because the temperature finally soared above 45 (Upstate, NY). When I rolled it out I noticed a small (half dollar sized) pool of coolant of the floor. Upon further investigation I noticed that my coolant level was low and there, indeed was a leak just beyond the coolant tank. NOT being tech savvy I am not sure if this is an "easy" fix (new clamps or hose) or something I should take to a shop. Also, can I pour in some coolant and ride to repair shop or should I have it towed there? Any insight would be amazing!

PS: Any Northeast Riders on here?

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If the leak is slow, fill it up and you can ride it to the shop... 1/2 dollar size from a long time in storage isn't much. Fill it up, turn it on, and then as it warms up and the pressure increases make sure that it's not squirting out fast anywhere.

Fill it up in the cap on the radiator on the right side of your bike... that coolant tank is an overflow, and may not give a good indication of the level of coolant that you have if it's been in storage.

If it were me, I'd try to find the leak first... It may just be a loose hose clamp, or even a disconnect overfill hose (one of the little ones that goes into your "coolant tank")

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