View Full Version : coolant problem
12-18-2007, 05:09 PM
hey guys, sorry if this is in the wrong thread, but if i can get help on this, i'd need it ASAP
at the beginning of the season, i totally forgot to check the coolant. when i finally did, all that was there was in the line. i filled up the bottle to max, than ran it. then i filled it some more, i thought that was to max, but i guess i was over, so i expected a leak a little bit.
well, sure enough it got all over the top of the engine and down the manifold and stuff, so that was a mess to clean
about 2 weeks later, i look and i'm below min again. is that just b/c its coming out of the pressure valve (right in front of the engine) or do i have another leak?
thanks for any feedback and help you guys can give me. i've attached a pic of the engine area so you guys can kinda see.
12-18-2007, 06:29 PM
oh, i'll clarify, just in case theres any confusion.
the little red topped bottle near the steering column, right next to the oil, is the coolant bottle.
the line runs from there to the cooling "tower", or where that valve is.
12-18-2007, 10:18 PM
Sounds like you may have a small leak, my vmax will leak out the over flow sometimes if its rotated the wrong way may just be something little like that.
12-19-2007, 07:45 AM
This should be in the tech area, but, does the cap leak? I had to replace the cap on my 500 (488 Liquid) Indy, solved the problem. It doesn't look like it leaks, and least mine didn't, but it didn't keep the system pressurized like it should have, and leaked out around the cap itself. If you had coolant on the top of the motor, that is the first place I would look. I think they are about $12-$15.
12-19-2007, 06:20 PM
that's what i was thinking, it does seem to be leaking out of there, so i'll hafta look into a new cap.
i know this should be in the tech area, but i posted it here so more people would see it faster, cuz i'd like to get this cleared up ASAP so i can stop worrying about my coolant levels, lol
if you'd like to remove this thread, go ahead.
12-20-2007, 07:28 AM
Funny thing, I just noticed the same thing on my 92 500 yesterday. I'll need to be replacing mine as well.
12-20-2007, 08:01 AM
I would dry it off and run it for a bit, keep an eye on the bottle seams also as you might have hairline fractures in it. When it heats up they expand and thus leak...
The other thing I wanted to mention when you say you wanted to get more attention by posting in the general thread, not that I care that it was posted there. Anyhow I always hit the New Posts button next to Calendar when I log on as it will list every thread that has been updated. Pretty nice new feature as I don't have to click thru them if its new its on there and I see them all.... Any ways just thought I would mention that in case you haven't tried that button yet.:D
12-20-2007, 11:00 AM
it is also possiball that when you forgot to check it it was low enough to get a air bubble in the system. so when you filled the tank up and top it of the air bubble had to find its way out and pushed all the antifreeze out of the tank. just keep an eye on it you may not have any problems at all. its also good to check your fluids before you ride each trip.
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