Being able to change your motorcycle coolant should make up part of the maintenance that is undertaken yourself. However, this means knowing what type of coolant to choose. Using some information in respect of the vehicle and implementing some steps will allow you to follow a guide for choosing the right coolant.
In creating a guide to choosing the right motorcycle coolant, it is prudent to consider the purpose of it as part of this process. In addition to preventing the risk of overheating and freezing, coolants can also be used to prevent the risk of corrosion affecting the motorcycle. Keeping this in mind as well as the type of problem that can affect your motorcycle will help you to decide on the coolant.
Start by checking the user manual for the motorcycle, which is likely to outline a recommendation for the type of coolant that should be used in the motorcycle. It should also confirm what type of materials to avoid as some coolants contain additives that don’t agree with the motorcycle. It is also worthwhile taking note of the quantity of coolant that will be required to fill the tank to the necessary level, which will help you to ensure that you obtain the correct amount.
If you are prepared to do a little work, you can obtain motorcycle coolant in concentrated form and mix it yourself before inserting it into the motorcycle. Make sure that you follow the instructions and only use distilled water for this process to ensure that the motorcycle does not suffer damage from the build up of hard water deposits. You may find that obtaining the coolant in this form will be the cheaper option.
When you want a motorcycle coolant that will also reduce the risk of the motorcycle suffering corrosion, you will need one that contains silicate. Not every type of motorcycle will be suitable so you must ensure that you check the status of the vehicle prior to putting anything in the coolant tank. Silicate is an abrasive substance and can result in damage to other parts of the motorcycle if it is not used in the right way. Coolants that contain no silicates are known as organic-based and are the preferred type for many riders who do not require an anti-corrosive coolant.
Using a premixed coolant will provide convenience even if it is more expensive than concentrate. This type of coolant is widely available and can be found in long-life form, while others have a life expectancy of approximately twelve months.
Be aware that it is possible to switch from using one motorcycle coolant to another, but some work is necessary beforehand. To prevent the risk of the motorcycle suffering damage, it is necessary to completely flush the system to remove any traces of the old coolant. This is especially necessary when going from a silicate based coolant to a non-silicate based one or vice versa. The two can react when mixed and cause damage.