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post #1 of 14 Old Oct 13th, 2006, 8:32 pm Thread Starter
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Which Fluid is Green?

Noticed dark green oil drops on garage floor this afternoon, directly under bike. Which fluid is green?
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Anti-freeze, I'd guess.

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Anti-freeze is light green... not exactly dark, but right in the middle of the bike, that would be my best guess too.

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You've got a problem because the coolant fluid should be blue. Some one has run regular stuff in there. Find the leak and replace it with the factory smurf water.
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You've got a problem because the coolant fluid should be blue. Some one has run regular stuff in there. Find the leak and replace it with the factory smurf water.
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What about tranny fluid? I havent changed mine yet but on my Harley's this stuff was almost pea green.

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You've got a problem because the coolant fluid should be blue. Some one has run regular stuff in there. Find the leak and replace it with the factory smurf water.
That brings up an interesting question: IF someone did run a non-compatible anti-freeze could the reaction between this and the original BLUE OEM BMW anti-freeze cause a leak?

Hmmmm.... stroking chin.

What year is your scoot, and maintenance history would be helpful.

Never seen green tranny fluid - but then again...


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That brings up an interesting question: IF someone did run a non-compatible anti-freeze could the reaction between this and the original BLUE OEM BMW anti-freeze cause a leak?

Hmmmm.... stroking chin.

What year is your scoot, and maintenance history would be helpful.

Never seen green tranny fluid - but then again...
Amsoil ran their engine oil a greenish/blueish color for a bit; however, once put in the engine, it doesn't take long to darken/blacken as it picks up the leftover old oil from the case galleys; so unless the engine oil wuz *just* changed, using Amsoil, his "green oil drops" shouldn't be from that source. The Amsoil tranny lube wuz a honey color, IIRC.

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You've got a problem because the coolant fluid should be blue. Some one has run regular stuff in there. Find the leak and replace it with the factory smurf water.

I was thinking my BMW coolant is blue as well

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I was thinking my BMW coolant is blue as well

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you know mine is dark blue (somewhat greenish) and the owners books don't specify what anti-freeze to use (or I could not find it). Does it have to be BMW coolant?
Check your coolant reservoir to see if it is low when cold.

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The smurf water has stuff not in it (I don't remember what) that the others do. The factory made a special blend for the components inside. I think it was something to do with the nitrades. I think your local robber has it for about $15 a gallon, so not bad but not good either. It's not something that you change all the time so not to bad of a cost.
Pull the lower hose on the pump and you will be able to drain the block and radiators. It's not a bad job at all. You should also fill it up with regular water and flush out the "evil" then fill with the good stuff. Happy Smurfing
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It could easily be some Prestone coolant, as this is a bright green color. The real test is not to taste as Grif suggests, but rather to smell it. If it smells sweet, it's Anti-Freeze! And it may not be all bad if someone has substituted something other than the BMW Coolant, as long as they were cognisant of the requirements that BMW has for the Coolant.

If it is Coolant, and you notice it when you first shut down in real hot weather, it may just be the expansion tank overflow. Especially if you have topped it off recently, as it may have gotten over-serviced. Just a thought.

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