Ever wonder what will happen when you do not check on and change your coolant in your cooling system?
As coolant ages, the corrosion inhibitors break down. As they break down, a sludge starts to form in the low points of your cooling system, consisting of corroded metal. Calcium deposit also starts to build up This can play havoc with thermostats, water pumps and radiators, blocking flow or getting into moving parts. If this happens, you are likely to either overheat or blow a head gasket.
This is pretty much the same when you adding or topping up with tap water into your cooling system instead of coolant with pure distill water. Always only top up with ready mix coolant available at most motorcycle dealer and or distill water only. Your coolant must have it's anti-corrosion technology to protects the entire cooling system (hoses, water pump, aluminium and magnesium housing, radiator) and prevents the formation of deposits.
Why you should only use coolant in your system
1. It keeps your engine in optimal operating temperature.
2. It prevents overheating
3. It prevents calcium deposit from building up
4. It lubricate the system, pump and shaft.
You must be thinking are coolant really important to a bike's engine health? Yes it is as important as the engine oil in the engine. Imagine a engine that's unable to perform at it's optimal operation temperature and your engine working extra hard because of the heat. Coolant ensures stable performance in high speed riding, twisty turns up the hill and especially in traffic jams like Singapore road. In all these conditions there will be too much stress on the engine and engine gets heated very quickly. Always prepare to have a bottle of ready mix coolant with you when you are having a road trip or to your next track day as this will prevent all unnecessary problems.
A liquid cooling system uses water jacket / water passage around the cylinder to circulate coolant through.
Let's not fake it, when was last time you got your cooling system checked, flush and replace with new coolant? Although it may sounds like a hassle to do so and many people would rather save the coolant servicing schedule and do an oil change, the after effect of not taking care of this area will usually cost much more.
Although we recommend you to go thru your motorcycle manual or head to your preferred workshop to get your coolant flushed and change, here are some step to step guide from us
*** Disclaimer - we do not take any responsibility for any damages cause by this guide. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU TO CONSULT A TECHNICAL INCLINE PROFESSIONAL in regards to your coolant change.***
Make sure your engine is complete cool before you start, remove all external fairings / plastics that hinder your access to your over flow reservoir, radiator cap etc.
Open your overflow reservoir cap, unscrew your radiator cap but do not remove just slightly cap over
Prepare a funnel and bucket, unscrew the coolant drain hole most commonly found on the water pump and let flow. After complete re screw.
Prepare 1 part vinegar and 1 part distill water pour into cooling system and re cap the radiator cap. ( or pure distill water only if you are paranoid about vinegar in your system). Start your bike and let in run for 10mins and let your bike completely cool down again and repeat step 2 and 3 but do not re screw the coolant drain hole first.
Pour distill water into the system till you see fresh water coming out from the drain hole.
Add your ready mix coolant into the system. If you are using coolant concentrate, alway dilute your coolant with distill water only.
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