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Old 02-22-2009, 12:09 PM   #1
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coolant question

I just bought some engine ice. I know I need to drain my coolant out, but do I REALLY need to flush my system? I don't really know how, and don't have a BUNCH of time to do it.

Any answers? Or quick tips to what I need to do?
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Your going to need to flush it.

Pull the lowest hose and drain.
pull the radiator off and dump all the old stuff out, along with the resevoir, then run water through it and empty. Replace radiator and hoses and fill with distilled water. Run engine to let circulate. Remove hose again and drain. Once it looks like clear water coming out and it's done draining fill radiator and resevoir with the engine ice and should be good to go
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Thanks man.

As I don't have time to do that right now, can I just add some water in the resevoir now until I can flush the system and refill?
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I would make time, it only takes a few minutes
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I'm leaving for a ride in 30 minutes, and I have 1 bottle of Engine Ice. From what I read, 1 bottle isn't enough so I definitely don't want to drain and flush it right now and then find out when it's too late that one bottle isn't enough :-(

I'll just add some water for now, just to pump my resevoir above the MIN line for now, and tomorrow after work I'll buy another bottle, drain and flush and refill
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Really need to flush. It takes very little time. As said above, yank the lowest hose and let it all drain out (INTO A BUCKET NOT THE DRIVEWAY!!) and run a few gallons of water through it (pour in at radiator cap) (distilled water is BEST!!) (Do not let this water go into the street either, it must be disposed of properly) Hook the hose back and start filling up. FYI, dunno bout your bike but my R6 takes slightly more than an entire bottle of Engine Ice. It will just almost fill the radiator but nothing in the resivoir, you will need a bit more. Not positive, but engine ice may be able to mix with regular coolant just to get you through today if that's what you need. Or even some water.
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Really need to flush. It takes very little time. As said above, yank the lowest hose and let it all drain out (INTO A BUCKET NOT THE DRIVEWAY!!) and run a few gallons of water through it (pour in at radiator cap) (distilled water is BEST!!) (Do not let this water go into the street either, it must be disposed of properly) Hook the hose back and start filling up. FYI, dunno bout your bike but my R6 takes slightly more than an entire bottle of Engine Ice. It will just almost fill the radiator but nothing in the resivoir, you will need a bit more. Not positive, but engine ice may be able to mix with regular coolant just to get you through today if that's what you need. Or even some water.


Thats the thing, I'm going on a ride in 20 minutes and I only have one bottle of engine ice. I'll just leave it be for now and flush tomorrow when I get another bottle
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Resevoir marking low doesn't neccissarily mean the radiator is low, if i'm correct
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Jorge, were not meeting up till 1 but I assume your gonna do some riding beforehand. Anyways, I need to do this to my 10R. I'm ashamed to admit I still got the stock fluid

The reservoir marking is for the overflow.
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since you're in there what i do is just get some radiator cleaner i use prestone. yank lower hose and there should be a coolant drain on the water pump. take that bolt off to drain the engine. refill wit h prestone and distilled water. get it up to operating temp then drain again and go back in with engine ice. I recommend distilled water and not the hose cause of the minerals in tap water getting in your coolant system.
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Yeah that's what I thought. I'm still on the stock fluid too lol
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Yeah that's what I thought. I'm still on the stock fluid too lol
Your bike isn't an 04 though with 11k+ miles
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Your bike isn't an 04 though with 11k+ miles


No. But I do need an oil change
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Your bike isn't an 04 though with 11k+ miles
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Your bike isn't an 04 though with 11k+ miles
psh. my bike is an 08 with 13k+ miles.
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No. But I do need an oil change
HA! Well my oil is fresh so take that bishes!
Adam, kick a man while he's down
And Ryan, I guess what I was saying is that my coolant is FUKKING old
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HA! Well my oil is fresh so take that bishes!
Adam, kick a man while he's down
And Ryan, I guess what I was saying is that my coolant is FUKKING old


Well I did change my coolant when I did plugs @ 9k. But my oil is brand new
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