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New to biking? Getting hands-on with your motorcycle may be easier than you think

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Submitted by Visordown on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:55

DO YOU know how to check your bike's coolant level?

It's another task that's often neglected but only takes a few minutes.

Check your owner's manual to locate your bike's coolant expansion tank if it has one. High and low levels should be marked on the outside of the translucent tank. Alternatively, remove the radiator filler cap to check the level. Only do this when the engine is cold.

Changing the coolant altogether is also an easy job, taking about 30 minutes.

Locate the drain plug. It may be situated near the water pump. With the engine stone cold, remove it to drain the coolant. Always check the owner's manual to ensure you're following the correct procedure for your bike. 

Once the system's drained, replace the drain plug before making up a new batch of coolant using a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and de-ionised water.

Fill to the recommended level and squeeze radiator hoses to expel unwanted air.

Check the level again after your first test ride and top up if necessary.

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