Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: North Central WV
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Add coolant to existing coolant?
So my friend has motorcycle experience and has a new great job and has been drooling over my V since the day I got her. He's debating between a V-strom and a Versys, so I took him up to an abandoned shopping mall last Friday to let him take my bike for a spin around the parking lot. I have NO IDEA what he was thinking, I guess he's been reading articles talking about the V-Strom having more power, he must have thought the Versys was slow or something. No idea.
He basically throttled up to ~30-40%, then dumped the clutch. He almooooost caught it, grabbed the clutch, but also grabbed a hand full of first gear. It threw him off in extremely slow motion, not before dislocating his wrist on the clutch hand because he wasn't about to let go of that clutch.
Seriously, wrecked at like 4mph. I lol'd at him. He was super embarrassed, apologetic, etc. I picked it up and checked it over, a few small scraches here and there but nothing of real importance, didn't even crack the turn signal.
After it was back up and I was checking HIM out, I noticed fluid on the ground, and then sniffed it to realize it was coolant where it had come out of the overflow line. It's not drastically low, but when it only holds like 1.4Q, losing a cup or so is significant, it also smelled a smidge hot when I got it home.
Anyway, I'm seeing that just about any of the toyota-like coolants will do fine to top it off, I'm just wondering if it's OK to add that directly to what's there, given that it's obviously different, or do I need to drain and refill?
Sorry for the long-ish post, I thought you'd have a giggle at my friends expense. We actually spent the next day kayak fishing for smallmouth bass, so I got to spend the day ribbing him about his sore wrist.