Coolant for a 2009 GL1800


Information and questions on GL1800 Goldwings (2001-Present)
  • Sponsored Links
User avatar
RoadDawg
Posts: 59
Joined: Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:50 am
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Motorcycle: 2012 GoldWing Air Bag

Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby RoadDawg » Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:08 pm



Hi everyone.

My coolant level is a little low (on the bottom line of the check stick) and I wanted to touch it up. I noticed the coolant in the bike is green.

I read in the manual that we should use a silicate free coolant, mixed 50/50 with water. I happen to have an undiluted container of DEX COOL anti freeze, SILICATE free, and it is orange.

This likely sounds like a dumb question, but would I have a problem putting this in with the existing anti freeze if I mix it 50/50....I am assuming the only difference is the color???

Thanks....

Ken



expplane
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:23 pm
Location: Monterey, Ca
Motorcycle: Goldwing 2008

Re: Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby expplane » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:07 pm

Why not just go to a Honda dealer and buy the Honda coolant? It ain't that expensive.
Wayne

User avatar
RoadDawg
Posts: 59
Joined: Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:50 am
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Motorcycle: 2012 GoldWing Air Bag

Re: Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby RoadDawg » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:49 am

Good point...I was just being lazy since the nearest Honda dealer is about a half hour drive away and I had the anti freeze. Thanks.

User avatar
thrasherg
Posts: 1839
Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:21 am
Location: Plano, TX
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800, 2005 Honda Shadow 750, 2008 Yamaha R6 with RG500 engine, CRF450X, CRF230, CRF250X, XR200, CR500

Re: Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby thrasherg » Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:43 am

I would take your wing for a 30 minute ride and go get the genuine Honda coolant.. You won't do any harm mixing the 2 types that you have together, but I am a bit anal and would get the honda stuff anyway!! :D

Gary

Red Ron
Posts: 297
Joined: Thu May 20, 2010 1:13 pm
Location: Prestonsburg, KY; Edgewater FL
Motorcycle: '08, '13 GL1800
Rear-Yoko Avid Envigor 195x55x16
Front-Battleaxe BT-45

Re: Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby Red Ron » Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:59 am

If you buy the kind that needs mixing it is really best if you can use distilled water.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:49 pm

Red Ron wrote:If you buy the kind that needs mixing it is really best if you can use distilled water.


Absolutely. When diluting the concentrated coolant, under no circumstances should you use anything other than distilled water, really - tap water or (even worse) spring water contains minerals that will be deposited as scale on the inside of your radiator and engine.

User avatar
themainviking
Posts: 2580
Joined: Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:59 pm
Location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 2009 GL1800 AD

Re: Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby themainviking » Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:28 am

As this wing is the first motorcycle I have ever owned that required coolant, I cannot speak about bikes, but I can speak about coolant. Never, never, never mix different colored coolants. At least that is what I am told about my diesel truck. The entire coolant system must be flushed, well, prior to using different colors. The components within the different colored types do not play well together, I am told. Ford voids warrantees as a result of mixing coolants in their diesel trucks. As the bike does not have the same small tight cooling fins as are on the oil cooler and EGR cooler of my truck, it may not make so much difference, but I for one would not be willing to find out.
It ain't about the destination - it's all about the journey

ImageImage

User avatar
tfdeputydawg
Posts: 898
Joined: Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:59 am
Location: Indianapolis, In.
Motorcycle: 06 Wing III/2010 Hannigan

Re: Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:56 am

To answer your question-Premixed at AutoZone.
Question about why not buy Honda Coolant-Cause it's to expensive.
If it's touching the "stick", it's OK but, you did say the bikes an 09. Probably time to change, not just top off?

snackpak
Posts: 43
Joined: Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:20 pm
Location: Motor City, Michigan
Motorcycle: 2008 GL1800

Re: Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby snackpak » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:00 am

Best to go get the honda coolant.

User avatar
cbx4evr
Posts: 1397
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:35 pm
Location: Edmonton, AB Canada
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500SE
2004 Kawasaki KLR 650
Solex 5000
1980 Honda CBX - sold :-(
1981 Honda CBX - sold :-(
Contact:

Re: Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:43 am

tfdeputydawg wrote:Question about why not buy Honda Coolant-Cause it's to expensive.



A water pump costs a lot more.

Buy the antifreeze at a Honda Auto dealership and it's cheaper. Some will even fill your own jug.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

docgood
Posts: 36
Joined: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:00 am
Location: Ilbilbie Queensland Australia
Motorcycle: 2009 GL1800 Goldwing

Re: Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby docgood » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:41 pm

The mainviking is so correct. Everything I have learned about coolants, particularly with my diesel trucks and tractors, points to DO
NOT MIX coolants ever, unless there has been a thorough flush. What is good for the donkey is good for the mule as they say so I would, and will be sticking to the Honda product. How much did you pay for your Wing? should answer your question. I also follow this rule with the brake fluid, I have no reasoning for this but just because it is man made and not a natural oil. Perhaps I could use some guidance here from the more experienced but I am certainly not doing the bike any harm with this proceedure.

comanche
Posts: 18
Joined: Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:20 pm
Location: Copperas Cove, Texas
Motorcycle: 2006 GL 1800P triked

Re: Coolant for a 2009 GL1800

Postby comanche » Sun May 01, 2011 12:30 pm

As someone said earlier, you have a 2009 bike and have not changed the coolant. I recommend flushing the system and adding new. Also, if you have not changed the brake and clutch fluids I would have that done at the same time.

My mom always said "Penny wise - pound foolish" meaning don't skimp on protecting your investment.




Return to “GL1800 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests