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I just bought the new Bajaj Dominar 400. When I got my bike the engine coolant level was almost half. After riding 200 plus Km the coolant level is just above the minimum marker and it has not lowered after that. I am planning a small trip around 300 km in this coming week after which it would be time for the first service. Do I need to refill the coolant before the journey or can I wait till the first service?

Image for the engine coolant level http://imgur.com/aXgWMFV

  • Did you find any change in engine oil color? – devst3r Feb 6 '17 at 12:38
  • You can also get it topped up from the nearest bajaj service center. It is a five minutes job and they do it for free. I would not trust on the coolant level too much since the bike is in run in period. I went to the service center when coolant touched minimum line. But when I reached service center I found it to be at the same level as yours. Probable difference in day time time temperature and evening time temperature plays a role. No harm in extra precautions. – Rajat Saini Oct 26 '17 at 9:40
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As long as the coolant does not drop below the minimum level, it will be fine.

Assuming this is a brand new bike, or the coolant was just changed, the cause of what you're describing is likely air in the system. When the fluid is drained air enters the system, and when it's refilled small pockets of air will remain in the system. In order to get them all out, you need to run the engine for a while. As the coolant circulates the air will rise to the top of the system and be pushed out into the reservoir. As the system cools and contracts, fresh coolant from the reservoir will be sucked in and the level in the reservoir goes down.

Again, if the level doesn't continue to drop and it's measuring above the minimum line when measured per the instructions in your owners manual, it will be fine. On the other hand, if it does continue to drop you need to find out where the coolant is going.

  • So I don't need to refill the coolant before the journey right? (It will be almost a 300 km journey) – Tysro Jan 25 '17 at 12:56
  • As long as you're checking it properly (bike probably has to be upright, check your owner's manual) there is nothing wrong with it right now. It's above the minimum line which is where it should be. Just keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't keep going down. – raydowe Jan 25 '17 at 14:03

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