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can coolant be added with out removing the fuel tank ? I took off the lower cover and the resevoir is empty.

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You can add to the coolant bottle, however, since that is empty, personally I'd remove the fuel tank, and physically check the radiator itself.
Probably a good time to change the coolant, if that's needed.

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can coolant be added with out removing the fuel tank ? I took off the lower cover and the resevoir is empty.
It is not really necessary to remove the tank. I just finished changing my coolant. All i did was take the bolt out at the rear of the fuel tank and slide the tank back until i could see the rad cap. I then used a piece of 2x4 to hold the tank up at the back and had my wife steady the tank just in case. Worked like a charm.

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use aluminium friendly stuff.
premix or you mix.

I use Engine Ice premix for motorcycles.
works better than normal AND less toxic to 2 and 4 legged critters.
Been told by some here it isn't as great for winter.......up north........where I DON'T live.

A weird thing about that stuff........
I got a hold of an old container of the stuff from a machine shop move and the plastic bottle ( heat and age) was so brittle that it broke while bringing it in to a friends house and the contents spilled all on the concrete.
That was a many months back and the black mold stain we get down here went away and hasn't been back yet where it spilled.



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According to the Owners Manual "Engine coolant is harmful or fatal if swallowed or inhaled"

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didn't say it was non toxic....just less so.
last longer to get treated.



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Somewhere I read that deionized water (not just distilled) mixed with conventional non-silica antifreeze is the same as engine ice.

I predict it won't be long before antifreeze as we know it will be banned.
Just a teaspoon causes kidney failure on dogs.

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Somewhere I read that deionized water (not just distilled) mixed with conventional non-silica antifreeze is the same as engine ice.

I predict it won't be long before antifreeze as we know it will be banned.
Just a teaspoon causes kidney failure on dogs.
A slow and very painful death.
Lost 2 cats to a woman who did it cause she didn't like dusty paw prints on he jap sports car so laid out a pan of water w/ it in on a hot day to poison every animal on the street.
A fine able act here, trouble is proving it.
Next door managed to save theirs ........mine not so.
Is why I try to use the less toxic products or more care and cleanup even for accidental spills.



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Sorry to hear about the cats, but the less toxic antifreeze does not work as well as the cat-killer variety.

I'd rather see a dead stray than have a dead C50.

As a biochemist I can tell you the difference in DIH2O vs Distilled H2O is almost negligible when using it in a motor that has metal parts. The second that water hits the engine, guess what, it's not distilled nor deionized anymore.

Why use a big word when a diminutive utterance would suffice?
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Just out of curiousity, what has higher heat transfer capability? Distilled water, drinking water or antifreeze?


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