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ST1300 Coolant change
« on: May 23, 2014, 10:40:45 PM »
In layman's terms how do I change the coolant on my ST13?
And just so I can understand it all, KISS please
« Last Edit: May 23, 2014, 10:44:59 PM by JuST Peter »
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2014, 07:28:31 AM »
Watching with interest....  :popcorn
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 09:06:53 PM »
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2014, 09:12:28 PM »
good question mate, i did some googling for you, and didnt come up with much....
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2014, 10:44:16 PM »
In VERY basic terms:-

- Centre stand and engine cold
- all the side plastics off
- lots of containers underneath and rags close by
- leave the radiator cap on.....save the gush some what
- bottom hose off and allow to drain
- side screws out (between the engine pipes in the Pic)
- bottom hose back on
- remove and drain the res (some ice cubes rattled around in there can help knock the scales of coolant off)
- Cap off and fill with water and run bike for couple of minutes (i go to just the 3rd bar) then allow to cool
- repeat the drain/refill/side plugs until water is clear
- inspect hoses etc and replace side bolt washers
- fill with 50/50 premix....(Be sure it the right stuff) The red Nulon from Supercheap meets the criteria.
- fill radiator to not quiet full, leave cap off and run bike up to temp......few blats on the throttle to allow air
  To escape from top of radiator
- top up, cap on.....fill res to level, plastic back on and off for a short ride, re-check res level when cool.

  Mark the low/high level indicators with a black marking pen so you can see levels when on the bike with   only the small access cover off.




That's as condensed as I can go Peter, but hope it helps you decide weather to do the job yourself or not.....will take you a good few hours.....but with the long life coolant you won't need return for some time.


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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2014, 08:01:54 AM »
Great explanation with supporting photo of ST2UP  :thumbs

I also removed the radiator from the bike and flushed it out with a garden hose.
Its one extra procedure, but for peace of mind you can sometimes disloge shake extra crud that gets stuck in there.

Also a good time to replace your thermostat if the bike has > 60k as they have been know to fail.
I did my t-stat (which was working perfectly) at 50k.
If you order from the UK its not to expensive ($35) and don't forget to order the o-ring for it as well as the small crush washers for the engine drain bolts.

When its all assembled, you can now flush the cooling circuit with clean water (garden hose again) and drain completly prior to filling with pre-mix or 50/50 distilled water and coolant.

Hope this helps you.    :hatwave

also a note, dispose of the coolant safely as pets / animals have been known to have a taste of the coolant and can get sick or worse...   
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2014, 08:32:21 AM »
What a wonderful and simple explanation of how to change coolant.   Thanks  :beer
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2014, 10:21:55 AM »
Awesome wright up, thanks for sharing :hatwave
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2014, 11:13:37 AM »
or you can wimp out as I did and take it to a reliable Honda dealer and get the clutch, both brakes and coolant changed for $221.20 while you read motorcycle magazines for two hours.
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2014, 01:54:21 PM »
Haha biggles... a double negative ....the words " reliable, honda and dealer" no such thing in australia unfortunatly...
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2014, 02:05:44 PM »
Also i forgot to mention in my prev post...if u do decide to replace the t-stat ...keep the old working one, as a spare in your bike tool kit, for an emergency, as it can  be swapped out if needed, away from home
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2014, 03:06:47 PM »
Haha biggles... a double negative ....the words " reliable, honda and dealer" no such thing in australia unfort :'( unatly imho

Nah.  Like everything else, there are the good among the bad.  Brisbane Motorcycles in Bowen Hills have been good to me.  Very fair charging and timely service.  I know others who ride across town to have work done by them.  I've been very fortunate with the people I've had work on my bike and car.
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2014, 05:38:00 PM »

That's as condensed as I can go Peter, but hope it helps you decide weather to do the job yourself or not.....will take you a good few hours.....but with the long life coolant you won't need return for some time.


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Thanks Chris. It certainly looks daunting to say the least.

Oil changes I can do with not too much oil dripped all over my daughter's driveway :well, but this looks like a very different proposition.

I might have to do a Biggles here...
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2014, 06:29:13 AM »
You get the ingredients needed Peter and I can help you mid week, pending on my work roster   :think1

May be another member/s that may like to see how it is done, and assist  :think1

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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2016, 05:48:30 PM »
Hi guys,
I'm going to be doing the coolant change on the Blue BeaST soon and was wondering if there is a better coolant than the one recommended by ST2UP (The red Nulon from Supercheap) ?

I just thought there may have been a better product produced some time in the last 2 years (Original recommendation was back in 2014)


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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2018, 03:34:25 PM »
Just looking through what I need to do for the coolant change.

I don't see anything about draining the radiator. The 1100 has a drain hole/plug on the bottom of radiator to do this.

I've just ordered new sealing washers for the side bolts.

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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2018, 08:45:22 PM »
Before I dump the coolant I need to know where the low point is.

Image is of the current coolant level when motor is cold.

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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2018, 08:36:43 AM »
Alan, have you got the workshop manual, which contains full instructions for changing the coolant from Section 6.6?    You can download it from here    http://ozstoc.com/index.php?topic=407.0
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2018, 09:57:27 AM »
Alan, have you got the workshop manual, which contains full instructions for changing the coolant from Section 6.6?    You can download it from here    http://ozstoc.com/index.php?topic=407.0
I did check before but couldn't see anything to do with coolant level plus I only saw 1:6 and 3:15. That would be a first (for me) for a cooling system; no lower level on the reserve tank. Just fill to the top mark and the excess goes out the tube when it gets hot.
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2018, 01:24:56 AM »
Alan, have you got the workshop manual, which contains full instructions for changing the coolant from Section 6.6?    You can download it from here    http://ozstoc.com/index.php?topic=407.0
I did check before but couldn't see anything to do with coolant level plus I only saw 1:6 and 3:15. That would be a first (for me) for a cooling system; no lower level on the reserve tank. Just fill to the top mark and the excess goes out the tube when it gets hot.


 :blu13 For emptying coolant out of motor there is a small drain plug situated on the right side of motor in between the 2 header pipes OR behind the first one ( not 100% sure) but I remember finding it and have a printed pic from workshop manual.. will check tomorrow and let you all know for sure  :-[  :blu13left
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2018, 02:45:52 AM »

 :blu13 For emptying coolant out of motor there is a small drain plug situated on the right side of motor in between the 2 header pipes OR behind the first one ( not 100% sure) but I remember finding it and have a printed pic from workshop manual.. will check tomorrow and let you all know for sure  :-[  :blu13left

That's not a problem and there's one each side and I have almost everything I need for the coolant change.

I have some parts on order and after checking with the dealer today there is one item on back order so hoping it's in for next week.

 
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Re: ST1300 Coolant change
« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2018, 06:40:20 AM »
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