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post #1 of 6 Old 08-04-2014, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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mixing coolant

was just reading a post on an a rider with a coolant leak due to different coolants being mixed. I thought all that stuff about different colors and types of coolants was over and just about everything mixed with every thing else. obviously I am wrong again (I am used to it). I added some to my bike on a recent road trip that said for GM and most Asian vehicles as I was not near a dealer. Hope I didn't do any damage. maybe some of the more knowledgeable folks can reassure me.
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anyone know this?
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No is the short answer. (for me, anyhow) The coolant I used said on the label that it could be mixed or is compatible with all other coolants. I took it at its word and have had no trouble so far, which is around 10,000 miles.
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Mine gets drained rather than just topped up, but I'll admit I've never considered flushing the last drops out with water.

Also no problems - so far.


Bet someone put concentrate in the bike. Thought it was premixed and forgot to dilute it, that's about the only way that'd happen.

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coolant leak due to different coolants being mixed
I don't think this was the cause of his leak.
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I thought all that stuff about different colors and types of coolants was over and just about everything mixed with every thing else.
It'll mix, but isn't optimal and may cause long term damage (Dex-cool uses plasticisers that are not good for certain gaskets, for example).

Our engines and radiators seem to live well with everything. In your case, how about doing a drain and refill including the expansion tank. I use Zerex Asian Engine antifreeze. Others use a universal antifreeze. Both are good for 5 years. Or a motorcycle specialty antifreeze is good, but check the label for the life of the corrosion inhibitors (usually 2 years or 5 years depending on the formulation).

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Add corrosion/ pump lubricant instead
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