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Old 05-09-2013, 03:06 AM
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So I changed my oil for the first time the other day with the kit I got at the dealer, I noticed after it that the oil level is about a quarter of the way up the safe line. Is that okay? Or should I add oil to the top of the safe fill range? and if I should is there another kind of oil that I can use to top it off? It says two quarts in the manual for oil capacity but then it says add oil to top of safe fill range, and they only give you two with the kit. I don't want to go out to the dealer if I can grab something at the auto store that will work. Thanks
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:53 AM
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Just wondering if you are screwing the dip stick all the way back in when checking the oil level? Hate to see you over fill it! Any brand name "Full Synthetic" oil will work. I use Mobil 1 0W40.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:40 AM
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If you are checking the oil on a cold engine, I would not expect it to come all the way up to the top (full) line. I'd say that halfway between the lines would be more appropriate.


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Old 05-09-2013, 07:21 AM
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Yes I am checking it with the dip stick screwed in, I've checked it cold and after running and it seems to be the same, its within the safe range,I just wasn't sure if it should be at the top.thanks for the info! Another question is what type of coolant can I use? My coolant level is just below the low line so I want to add some, but I don't want to put the wrong kind in. Thanks guys
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:32 AM
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Coolant is just standard green auto coolant mixed at 50/50 or 60/40.

As is it just below the cold line on the overflow catch?


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Old 05-09-2013, 07:59 AM
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Yes, it is just below the low line were you add the coolant, not sure if its a big deal just wondering. It was almost at the top when I got it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:23 AM
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When the machine is cold, it should be at that low line, but it's not a big deal right now.

If you have any coolant in there right now, it means your system is completely full.

As your machine gets to operating temp, the coolant expands in volume. Your radiator cap is design to hold a certain amount of pressure in the systems. Usually it's around 14-16 pounds of pressure. I'm sure your heard of caps that have different ratings. Because every cap has a vent or hole in the top, and when that pressure in your system is reached, it pushes the spring and gasket back, allowing the coolant to leave your radiator and flow into that external catch container. If you look at that container after your machine is hot, you'll see it's more full than before you started it. As the machine cools down after being hot, the coolant contracts, and vacuum pressure is created that pulls coolant out of that catch and puts it back into the radiator.

If you fill thy container up when the machine is cold, the next time you ride it, you'll notice it pukeing coolant out because that catch can is too full as it fills even more from the hot expanded coolant from the engine.

Didn't know how much you knew about that, but it's a common question and I'm sure somebody down the road will find that Info useful.


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I knew about the expansion but thanks for clearing that up for me, that's just my over caution because its my first new machine thanks to everyone for the info, you guys always save me money and time trying to figure this stuff out on my own.
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If you buy coolant that isn't premixed make sure to use "DISTILLED" water to mix with it.
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Yes agreed, use distilled water if its not premixed


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