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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2012, 10:01 am Thread Starter
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Just bought myself K1300GT and very nervous about all the electronics.Does anyone know how to check the coolant if necessary. still waiting on my owner manual.

Also how can i get old of the service/maintenance manual.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2012, 12:51 pm
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You'll be disappointed when the owners manual arrives as it tells you pretty much nothing, coolant level isnt mentioned, just "Take the Bike to BMW if it overheats".

I have had a look in the reservoir before on the L/H side hidden behind the fairing panel a bit, as long as the coolant is near the top "When its cold", your good to go I reckon.

Service/Maintenance manuals are available from BMW on CD, and like everything else are a kings ransom, though probably worth it in the long run, as is a GS-911 Diagnostic tool, which for you should be cheaper as they are made in SA I believe, see link below.


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2012, 4:01 pm
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How to check coolant level

There's a vertical pin in the mouth of the overflow tank. If it's partially submerged, then the level okay. For details, see my answer to "coolant level check".

I've never had to add coolant myself, although I expect the level is corrected each time the shop checks the valves.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2012, 8:20 pm
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A valve check requires removing the radiator, which means draining and refilling it. So a valve check includes a full coolant drain and refill.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 2012, 9:58 am
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Read up here on all the fixes/maintenance/upgrades that these GTs require for long lasting service.

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