please help. - Honda RC51 Forum : RC51 Motorcycle Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-16-2009, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 73
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
please help.

ok, so my local shop does everything for me. to each his own. where the hell do i check/fill the coolant? thanks in advance...
TMFD is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-16-2009, 10:43 PM
Moderator
 
SubSailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sarasota, FL
Posts: 6,469
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Quoted: 89 Post(s)
Remove the left lower cowl and the coolant overflow tank is just under the frame spar.
Check the coolant level with the bike upright. Don't over fill.
To add coolant, you need to not only remove both lower cowls, but the upper cowl as well.

I have no idea why Honda put the radiator cap under the right-rear part of the upper cowl.
If they could just have moved the neck a few inches to the rear or made a cutout for access it would be no problem. But no.
Be sure and check your hose clamps to ensure they're snug, especially the left radiator hose clamp as it is notorious for leaking.
SubSailor is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-17-2009, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 73
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
wow. honda should just put a sign on most of their bikes that say DO NOT TOUCH. sounds like a 3 hour job just to check the coolant!

thanks sub, you're the best, man...
TMFD is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-17-2009, 11:40 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: moncton nb canada
Posts: 389
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yup, that's honda's way! make things difficult to get at!
suzuki is the opposite, everything is easy to get at. my 05 gsxr1000 doesn't even require fairing removal for oil filter changes!
finepooch is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-17-2009, 07:55 PM
Moderator
 
SubSailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sarasota, FL
Posts: 6,469
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Quoted: 89 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TMFD View Post
wow. honda should just put a sign on most of their bikes that say DO NOT TOUCH. sounds like a 3 hour job just to check the coolant!

thanks sub, you're the best, man...
Well ordinarily you'd only be checking the overflow tank level and topping it up for evaporation losses.
When the system cools down the negative pressure will suck the coolant in the overflow tank back into the radiator.
Usually about the only reason to pop the radiator cap is changing out the coolant (every two years for ethylene glycol) or replacing after disassembling the system, or topping up the system after fixing leaks.
SubSailor is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-13-2009, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 73
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ok, i'm revisiting this topic. a few months ago i thought i had a left side coolant leak so i took it to the shop. thankfully the owner and techs are friends so i trust them when they said no leaks, everything is snug. they changed the coolant out and refilled.

i noticed earlier today after a ride that there are dried flecks and splatters of what looks like coolant on the lower left side fairing and exhaust pipe. it's a light blue/white/chalky kind of color. could this just be overflow coming out of the little hose that hangs below the fairing, like a venting process or something? i don't like that hose hanging under my fairing so i put it inside the fairing facing to the rear.

any ideas would be appreciated.
TMFD is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-13-2009, 02:27 PM
Moderator
 
SubSailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sarasota, FL
Posts: 6,469
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Quoted: 89 Post(s)
Same thing happened to me a while back as the overflow tank was a bit overfilled.
So I keep it around the middle of the HI-LO marks.
Also make sure the reservoir cap is fully closed around the neck.
SubSailor is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 73
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
reservoir was overfilled!

thanks sub.
TMFD is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2009, 10:33 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: moncton nb canada
Posts: 389
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sub Sailor Strikes Again!
finepooch is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Honda RC51 Forum : RC51 Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome