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Old 09-09-2009, 05:56 PM   #1
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Coolant Change

I have a 2006 Kawi ZX636 I noticed that when I did a coolant change it didn't take the full amount (2.6L) I thought it would. The service manual says to just drain from the 2 drain bolts. I did that, but it seems like the coolant isn't all the way drained. Am I missing another part of the flushing out that isn't listed in the service manual?

Here's a picture from the manual about what to remove.
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Take lower radiator hose off, more coolant will come out. When I switched to engine ice it didn't seem like it helped a whole lot, in hindsite it was probably because I didn't get all the previous water/coolant out. The second time I changed coolant the bike seemed to run cooler, but that may have been due to tune and ceramic coated header and mid pipe.
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:06 PM   #3
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^^^^^ Also You will be fine just make sure to check your coolant level later to top it off in case air pockets find there way out.
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STUPID question, but did you open the cap while you were draining the fluid??
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:55 PM   #5
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Run it for a min till the thermostat opens. I bet it sucks up some more.
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yea, I let the bike run for a little and I did open the radiator cap a lil at first then open all the way. Which radiator hose would I remove?
Here's another diagram of the radiator hose portion.

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The lowest hose on the radiator.

Drain and fill, btw. During a flush you would run coolant/water mixture through the system when hot to force the remaining bit of coolant in the system out by overfilling w new stuff
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would it be bad to run continuous cool water from a hose through the radiator cap to flush out until it is clear coming out and then putting in the new coolant?
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It is best to distilled water to flush radiator out, and to mix with coolant if not using some type of pre-mix coolant.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:24 PM   #10
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now when flushing it out with the distilled water I'm assuming you should turn the bike on and let it circulate in and out as long as you are providing a continuous flush of water?

Thanks for the quick replies. I'm trying to be more mechanically inclined on my bike.
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now when flushing it out with the distilled water I'm assuming you should turn the bike on and let it circulate in and out as long as you are providing a continuous flush of water?

Thanks for the quick replies. I'm trying to be more mechanically inclined on my bike.
How I flushed mine (and i used the baby water?? someone told me that a long time ago and i stuck with it) was to drain the original as best as i could, fill it up and run it until the temp came up on the bike, drain again (you should notice its a funny color) and continue/repeat until its clean. You can also check the container your draining into for anything unusual. When i flushed mine it took two gallons of flushing before it was good. i also changed over to something that was allowed on the track. You can get it at cycle gear or check with your local parts/dealership.

DISCLAIMER!! I dont know if i did it CORRECTLY... im no mechanic. I also has a busted radiator hose so I was forced into doing it.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:01 PM   #12
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That sounds like a reasonable way of doing it. I'll have to try it when I do my change. Although, I'm a little hesitant in using coolant and seeing it being drained out, I'm not trying to be cheap, but would rather use the distilled water to flush it out until clear and then put in the collant. I have the pre mix in hand.

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