2-52 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
Periodic Maintenance Procedures
Coolant can be extremely hot and cause severe
burns, is toxic and very slippery. Do not remove
the radiator cap or attempt to change the coolant
when the engine is hot; allow it cool completely.
Immediately wipe any spilled coolant from tires,
frame, engine or other painted parts. Do not ingest
Remove the cross pipe (see Radiator Removal in the
Cooling System chapter).
Place a container [A] under the radiator, then remove the
hose [B] from the radiator.
Remove the fuel tank (see Fuel Tank Removal in the Fuel
System (DFI) chapter).
Remove the radiator cap [A] in two steps. First turn the
cap counterclockwise to the first stop. Then push and turn
it further in the same direction and remove the cap.
The coolant will drain from the radiator and engine.
Left Side Cover (see Left Side Cover Removal in the
Coolant Reserve Tank Bolts [A]
Remove the cap [B] and poor the coolant into a container.
Soft or distilled water must be used with the an-
tifreeze (see Specifications in this chapter) in the
If hard water is used in the system, it causes scale
accumulation in the water passages, and consider-
ably reduces the efficiency of the cooling system.