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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-16-2016, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Level 4, coolant change

I recently purchased a used 2010 goldwing level 4, 25,000 miles. I have been changing easy items, plugs (gap was 0.48, out of the recommended range)rear tire, rear diff and engine oil. Not because they needed it but wanted to start fresh. I'm looking for some videos or guidance on flushing procedure and changing out the coolant.
1. How do you get under the right side panel to even check it? It's not like the other level bikes where you can open the right pocket and remove a few screws.
2. Where is the drain plug?

I've searched the web and couldn't find any videos on it.
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I don't think there is any coolant out there that isn't rated for 100,000 miles. So, why bother? I would just check the level in the jug and go with that one. But if you just feel the need, be careful of the type of coolant you use and never just use tap water.

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But if you go to WWW.Cheapcycleparts.com you can look at an exploded view of the cooling system and can see how it is all routed and put together

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I am going to use one with out any silica in it rated for the Goldwing. I want to at least take a look at it to see how it looks. I don't feel comfortable not knowing. It appears to be green in color by looking in the hole of the overflow bottle. I thought the factory coolant was blue in color?

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I looked at the brake down at WWW.Cheapcycleparts.com but I don't see where the drain is on it.

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The drain is on the page in the parts fiche marked water pipe. You first have to remove the lower front cowl. You will see the canister and the drain is up behind the canister. It's a good idea to buy the copper washer for the drain bolt. These are one time washers.
You should be able to remove the right fairing pocket to get to the radiator cap.
You may have to remove the right side fairing strip to access the bolts that hold it in place.
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It appears to be labeled "joint drain" #19 and "sealing washer" part #22 and #28 is the plug correct?

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It appears to be labeled "joint drain" #19 and "sealing washer" part #22 and #28 is the plug correct?
Yes, you'll only need #22 though. The bolt can be reused.
One more thing, when you remove the drain bolt, the water may not come out. Use a stiff piece of wire to clear the drain hole. If the antifreeze has never been changed, there may be some residual "crud" blocking the hole.

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I will have to take off the front and take a look to see if I can locate the drain. I will get the seal ordered and not attempt it until it arrives. Thanks for the help.

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I do remember reading somewhere that a wire may be needed to remove the buildup in the drain. I hope I don't need it but will be prepared.

If anyone else has any additional tips it would be appreciated. I don't want to start into this project and get stuck half way through.

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