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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Checking Coolant

My 2017 AT DCT owners manual says to check coolant level when the bike is cold. The Honda shop manual says to check it when the motor is hot? WTFO?

Anyone know what the real answer is? Check hot or cold????
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 05:52 PM
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Haynes Manual says nothing about temperature. engine running etc.

I've been looking at it cold, with the bike on the centre stand.

I'll have a look tomorrow, see if there is any discernible difference between the levels when hot and after its cooled down.

owners manual for my bike is copyright 2017. the shop manual dates back to 2015. i'll stick with the up to date advice. I reckon the most important aspect is being consistent in how you do the check.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 07:43 PM
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If you can see coolant in the overflow tank , thatís good 👍 When you remove the radiator cap & you can see coolant inside the radiator, hot or cold thatís good 👍 itís that easy 👍💯😎
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-22-2019, 08:23 AM
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Coolant expands into the overflow tank when the engine warms up and gets sucked back into the radiator as it cools. As long as there's enough airspace to take the extra hot coolant, and enough cold coolant so that it won't go empty when it cools back down, you're good.
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So basically common sense. Okay.
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