Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Ohio, Dayton-Cincy area
Another Bike Temperature Question
Do our bikes have a slight potential to run the temperature gage close to the beginning of the red zone when setting in traffic on warm days? Last weekend, I was caught at a train crossing and watched the temperature gage rapidly move towards Hot (though didn't get there before we started moving). But, at the rate it was going, I had begun looking for places to pull over.
I had an overheat problem last year due to the fan switch being corroded, not making contact. Was sitting in stopped traffic, again, on an extremely hot summer day when it happened then. Cleaned up the contact, and now I can hear the fan run when the bike is shut off, so I assume it turns on when the bike is running. I have flushed and filled the radiator with quality antifreeze (50/50 mix) and refilled according to the procedures.
Couple of questions;
1) Do our bikes have another achillies heel as far as the cooling system doing its job when the bike is stopped?
2) I heard someone mention bleeding the thermostat to remove air. Not sure if I did that when refilling the radiator, but did it slowly, ran the bike and refilled. Do I need to remove the tank to bleed the thermostat?
3) Is it possible ait built up in the radiator system over time and a pocket of air that wasn't there last year now exists?
Sorry for the long post. But I know I come to the right place!
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