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help please..

Postby oldwinger83 » Tue May 03, 2011 5:06 am



can i add antifreeze to overflow resavoir? do i check full line cold or hot? do i check oil cold or hot? please help this is my first wing and am totaly lost? 1983 GL 1100 Goldwing



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Re: help please..anti freeze

Postby ryland » Tue May 03, 2011 7:08 am

hi i had a gl 1200 you cannot fill the rad with the over flow you have to put it in the rad itself it will not draw from the overflow i had this problem with mine

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Re: help please..

Postby thrasherg » Tue May 03, 2011 10:49 am

You can add antifreeze to the overflow tank as there should always be some coolant in that tank, however you will not fill up the radiator by adding coolant to the overflow tank. If you are trying to check the coolant level or add coolant, you must remove the radiator filler cap and add coolant directly to the radiator, then put the cap back on.
To check the oil level, it should be done with the oil cold, as with all liquids, they expand as they get hot and the dipstick in the engine (or the sight glass) was calibrated for a level motorcycle (On it's center stand) with cold engine oil.
Same goes for checking the coolant, make sure the engine is cold, if it is hot and you remove the filler cap, you risk to get a lot of very hot coolant in the face and all over you, it will hurt!! Check coolant and oil levels when they are cold and the bike is on it's center stand.
I like to actually start my engine for a few seconds to get oil distributed all over the engine then stop it (The oil hasn't really got hot by this time) and then check the level.. I always maintain it is good to have a little extra oil!!
When adding oil, make sure it is an oil for motorbikes (of the correct grade), or if using regular oil that it does not have friction modifiers or it could mess up your clutch.

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Re: help please..

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 03, 2011 3:54 pm

Actually, on the 1100, the manual says the engine should be at operating temperature (and running is fine) to check the coolant. The radiator itself is not opened, coolant is just added to the reservoir, which is not pressurized.

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Re: help please..

Postby thrasherg » Tue May 03, 2011 3:59 pm

I don't see how adding coolant to the reservoir will top up the cooling system? Excuse my ignorance. I have always been told to remove the pressure cap from the radiator and check the level inside the radiator? I understand if the system gets too hot the coolant will expand and the pressure cap will release the excess coolant into the tank, but I can't see how coolant gets back into the radiator, the cap is a one way valve?
You definitely do not want to be opening the radiator cap when the engine is hot (Unless you are very careful) to check the coolant level IMO.

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Re: help please..

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 04, 2011 9:12 pm

The cap isn't a one way valve - that's the trick. Otherwise you'd have one mighty vacuum in there once it cooled off.

When it's hot, the coolant expands and moves into the reservoir. When it cools off, the coolant contracts, and the vacuum draws coolant back into the system from the reservoir. If it's leaking out somewhere, it will start drawing more out of the reservoir than it is putting into it, and the level in the reservoir will go down.




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