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    How do I check Coolant Level CBF1000FA-B 2011
    on: 13 June, 2023, 11:11:18 am
    13 June, 2023, 11:11:18 am
    How do I check Coolant Level of my CBF1000FA-B 2011?

    I have had a look at the Coolant pages in the manual (in my manual pages 47 and 48) and when I went to try and actually look at "The coolant reserve tank" I can just about see the UPPER level mark on the coolant reserve tank but cannot see the LOWER level mark and can't see any fluid in the plastic tank. I was hoping to not have to remove the side covers (Page 72 in my manual) just so that I can check the coolant level.

    I am thinking of just topping up with a little distilled water -  around 100ml or can I risk more than that - what is the reserve tank capacity 500ml or less?
    In the hope that if the fluid level gets up nearer to the UPPER level I might be able to see it?
    When I take off the cap and put my finger in it doesnt feel totally dry (and I could try using something dry as a dip-stick to see how far down the water level actually is?)

    Any advice or help would be gratefully received

    Thanks
    Steve

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    Re: How do I check Coolant Level CBF1000FA-B 2011
    Reply #1 on: 13 June, 2023, 11:36:43 am
    13 June, 2023, 11:36:43 am
    I use TRIPLE QX Red (Concentrate) Antifreeze/Coolant from Euro Car Parts, the red coolant is very easy to see inside the plastic expansion tank and is a higher specification, 5 year protection, coolant than the reassuringly expensive offering from Honda.

    The lower level mark is about 1" below the upper level mark, an inspection lamp or torch is your best friend here. If you're struggling to see the coolant level inside the expansion tank shine your best friend (inspection lamp/torch) through from the opposite side.

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    Re: How do I check Coolant Level CBF1000FA-B 2011
    Reply #2 on: 13 June, 2023, 02:26:35 pm
    13 June, 2023, 02:26:35 pm
    Thanks @Art
    I have topped up with some nice red coolant and I can see the fluid level   :001:
    I think the reason I couldnt see it before was becuase there was none/very little in the coolant reserve tank
    I'll keep an eye on it for the next few rides and top up again if needed.

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    Re: How do I check Coolant Level CBF1000FA-B 2011
    Reply #3 on: 13 June, 2023, 03:38:12 pm
    13 June, 2023, 03:38:12 pm
    Happy days.

    If it needs topping up too often check the water pump for leaks, there's a small bypass hole on the underside that can drip a little which can be normal but if it drips too much it is because the mechanical seal has failed and needs replacing. There's also the drain plug copper sealing washer to check, if the drain plugs been out and in a couple of times it may have become compressed and in need of annealing or replacing.

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    Re: How do I check Coolant Level CBF1000FA-B 2011
    Reply #4 on: 13 June, 2023, 03:48:13 pm
    13 June, 2023, 03:48:13 pm
    Cheers Art , I'll keep an eye on it and the water pump.
    The drain plug washer was dripping very occasionally so got replaced at the last service and its been perfect ever since.
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