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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-17-2019, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Coolant: If/when to change?

There doesn't appear to be anything in the service interval checklist regarding changing coolant out. Says "check level", but that's about it.

For a bike dedicated to canyon riding, no track, no "wild-ass" extremes, what's the thinking on coolant life?
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Should be done when the valve clearances are done, as the mechs will need to detach/lower the radiator to do so, and WILL lose some fluid.

When I had the local dealer do the valve clearances on my '16 at 30k km, they ticked the "check level" of the coolant, but being pedantic I checked everything again when I got the bike home - the overflow bottle was empty, so I ended up draining and refilling the system myself.

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Incorrect. Coolant is lifetime according to BMW.
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Incorrect. Coolant is lifetime according to BMW.
according to BMW, they "checked" my coolant level. Maybe they did and couldnt give a **** it was empty. Maybe they didnt so lucky I did.
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according to BMW, they "checked" my coolant level. Maybe they did and couldnt give a **** it was empty. Maybe they didnt so lucky I did.
Checking the level is not replacing it though. Disengaging the rad mounts isn't losing any fluid either.
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Lifetime...check.
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Incorrect. Coolant is lifetime according to BMW.
Interesting, I could have sworn mine was done by the dealer at my 18,000mi service. I'll have to look at my receipt.
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Checking the level is not replacing it though. Disengaging the rad mounts isn't losing any fluid either.
then its a mystery why the overflow was ok before the service and empty after the service.
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then its a mystery why the overflow was ok before the service and empty after the service.
Maybe they needed the fluid out of your bike to top up someone else's bike
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