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Old May 8th, 2016, 08:43 PM   #1
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Checking coolant level

Are you meant to check the coolant with the bike on the side stand or level like when you check oil? The manual doesn't say either way for checking coolant but it does explicitly state the bike has to be level when checking oil. How do you guys do it?
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Old May 8th, 2016, 10:00 PM   #2
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With the bike level, I assume. In all reality it does not matter. Make sure the bottle is about 1/2 full and you're good to go.
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Old May 8th, 2016, 10:19 PM   #3
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I'm tempted to go with level too but the difference is not insignificant. If the coolant shows to be full with the bike upright, it drops down as much as 70% towards the MIN mark when you drop the bike onto the sidestand. Given that the temps over here are getting to 40C, I'd like the coolant to be at the correct level.
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Old May 8th, 2016, 10:47 PM   #4
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I'm tempted to go with level too but the difference is not insignificant. If the coolant shows to be full with the bike upright, it drops down as much as 70% towards the MIN mark when you drop the bike onto the sidestand. Given that the temps over here are getting to 40C, I'd like the coolant to be at the correct level.
If it's too low, it can be a problem. If it's too high, it will simply leak out when it gets really hot. Hope that helps.
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Old May 8th, 2016, 11:24 PM   #5
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So there is an overflow hose? I was under the impression that the cooling system was sealed which is why you shouldn't open a radiator cap when the engine is hot.
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Old May 8th, 2016, 11:55 PM   #6
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Measure the coolant level in the window when bike is level. If it is overfilled it will exit the overflow hose that is connected to the top of the coolant tank fill cap. The overflow hose drains on the left side of the bike along with other drain hoses like the gas tank overflow into the belly pan.
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Old May 9th, 2016, 12:32 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice guys. Wish the owners manual would be more specific on the coolant checking like it is with the oil checking instructions.
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So there is an overflow hose? I was under the impression that the cooling system was sealed which is why you shouldn't open a radiator cap when the engine is hot.
The radiator and plumbing is under pressure, but if that pressure gets too high (hot), it overcomes the spring on the radiator cap and flows into the overflow, which is vented to atmosphere.
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Old May 9th, 2016, 05:06 PM   #9
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Good info. This is my first water cooled bike!
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Old June 20th, 2017, 02:06 PM   #10
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Old thread but just checking something else in owner's manual.

Coolant. Ducati say to only use their branded coolant and NOT to dilute but to use it straight, 100%.

This sounds like pure BS to me. Can I top up my coolant res with a bit of distilled water as I've done on 20 liquid cooled bikes before? ... or is there something I need to buy at the dealer?

I normally (like the whole world) do a 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water.
Or ... 100% if using a pre-mixed coolant. I assume the Ducati product is just a high priced mix. Anyone know about this?

Thanks guys!

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