Antifreeze getting lower and lower (???)

Discussion in 'Dakar champion (950/990)' started by eugeneorange, May 27, 2004.

  1. eugeneorange

    eugeneorange that's gonna leave a mark

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    I have about 500 mi on my "950S" (unfortunately all just street). The antifreeze was slightly above "MAX" mark (on the white plastic bottle) when I got the bike. After VERY easy 500 mi it is at slightly above "MIN" mark.
    I never overheated it or pushed it hard and there were no antifreeze leaks or spots under the bike. I don't think that's normal. I will tell my dealer when I take it in for the 600mi service. But I wonder my self, What could it be? What should be checked? What type of antifreeze does the 950 use?

    eugeneorange
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  2. barbasma

    barbasma 100% CAROTONE

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    don't worry.... it's normal adjustement at the first km... after the level stay on the line...

    pay attention if the bike goes down... the liquid goes out from the vent tube...

    refill with water for cooling system.... :thumb
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  3. woodsrider

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    Are you comparing coolant levels with the bike at the same operating temperature (e.g., cold)??
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  4. Doug Matson

    Doug Matson Long timer Supporter

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    Make sure you don't rely on just looking at the coolant is the overflow tank to check your coolant. Mine was fine in the tank, but the radiator was half full! So do your self a favor once in a while and look into the radiator.
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  5. Doug Matson

    Doug Matson Long timer Supporter

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    Why did this just post three times?
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  6. Doug Matson

    Doug Matson Long timer Supporter

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    Sorry for wate of space, (the rest of the story will be finished in a month I hope)
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  7. kkug

    kkug Been here awhile

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    I 100% agree with Doug. My bike was the same way.
    Pull the covers of and look in the radiator. TRUST ME!
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  8. eugeneorange

    eugeneorange that's gonna leave a mark

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    Thanks for the replies.
    What type/brand of coolant can I use?
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  9. Greg Minor

    Greg Minor The Trespasser

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    Hey Ken how did you like your M21's on the street
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  10. woodsrider

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    I like Engine Ice. I've always used it in my 450EXC, a hot-running motor. It is used "full strength"; no 50/50 dilution.
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  11. eugeneorange

    eugeneorange that's gonna leave a mark

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    Can Engine Ice be just added to the "stock" coolant, or do I need to flush the system when switching brands? The coolant in the overflow tank is now on or below the "MIN" mark. I have only 80 more miles to go before my 600mi service. Is it safe to ride it the 80 miles, then I'll have it done by the dealer.
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  12. Doug Matson

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    No don't just add Engine Ice, just add some water and if I was you I would have a look inside the radiator. When you switch to Ice they have to drain and flush the system. Have them agree to follow the instructions. If you have the time you should ask to watch the 600 mi service to learn about the bike.
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