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Old Jun 11th, 2007, 12:11 am
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What Type Coolant?

I have the LT stripped down and was hoping to change the coolant out tomorrow(Monday). I didn't think ahead fast enough and wouldn't you know, my nearest dealer can't get the BMW brand until end of the week. Are there any other brands anyone would suggest? Could I find an appropriate type at the local auto store? Anything to look for or avoid? Thanks for the help. d.
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You can use a non-BMW coolant available at auto parts stores. You want to find one that has ethylene glycol based antifreeze and no nitrates or phosphates. 50:50 water to antifreeze ratio; you can mix your own (but make sure that you use distilled water, not tap water) or buy the premix. The BMW coolant contains ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, sebacic acid, sodium hydroxide, 2-ethylhexanoic acid, corrosion inhibitors, defoamers, silicates, and dyes, so don't worry if these are listed as components of a non-BMW product. If you are flushing the system you will need 3.93 qts for the radiator, coolant circuit, and reserve tank. Massaging that lower hose between the radiators will help burp out air bubbles. HTH.
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What Type Coolant?

Search for the post about coolant from 2 weeks ago, I believe that the coolant for the HD V-Rod meets the BMW specs.
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I believe you can find the same type of antifreeze at a BMW or Mercedes auto dealer.
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Yes, I made a special trip to the Gulf Coast BMW motorcycle dealer to get the OEM stuff for my first anti-freeze change.

The coolant is BMW branded automotive coolant. I passed several Houston area BMW automotive dealers on my way through rush hour traffic on the way to the cycle dealer.

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Thanks much for the respones. My dealer was out of the BMW brand, and would have to order it. I found a branded product that fit the bill perfectly at a local Mercedes/Volvo dealer. (Off the immediate subject here but); I'm really enjoying the Paul Sayegh maintainece videos. Very easy to understand for an intermediate mechanic like myself. I highly recomend the video to anyone who works by themselves and needs a little help. dwillie.
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