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    Default How straightforward is an ST's Coolant change?

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    Anyone know of a coolant change write up for a ST or is it pretty straight forward?

    Iíve read here not to try the drain plug because it can twist and break, disconnect the hose instead.

    Any other doís and doníts? Are there bleeders on the 998ís? Any fluid better than others or just go by the manual?

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    My memory fails me, but I think the 998 used a different coolant than 1330. Would think tho, that if you give the bike a good flush, you could use a long term fluid. I use Dex-cool for topping off as my dealer tec said that is, essentially, what BRP uses.
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    The drain plug is not necessarily a 'Don't'. We have found that some come off easily. And it is less work than pulling a hose. We apply PB Blaster, let it sit a bit and GENTLY turn. It's easy to know how much pressure is safely applied. Sometimes the plug comes right out and you're golden! If it doesn't, no harm. It's not like it will snap off in your hand with no warning. Applying reasonable pressure will not hurt anything.

    Otherwise, it's a pretty straight forward event. Fill the reservoir to the 'Cold' line and shake the Spyder. Rocking it back and forth helps dislodge air before you start. Put more coolant in if necessary to bring it back to the 'Cold' line.

    Let it idle at first so that any cavitation is not damaging. Get it to operating temperature watching coolant level. Top it off and go riding for a few miles. Come back and check coolant level again. You should be Good to Go!

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    Be sure to NOT mix colors of coolant. Flush/Rinse Thoroughly & repeat every 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BajaRon View Post
    The drain plug is not necessarily a 'Don't'. We have found that some come off easily. And it is less work than pulling a hose. We apply PB Blaster, let it sit a bit and GENTLY turn. It's easy to know how much pressure is safely applied. Sometimes the plug comes right out and you're golden! If it doesn't, no harm. It's not like it will snap off in your hand with no warning. Applying reasonable pressure will not hurt anything.

    Otherwise, it's a pretty straight forward event. Fill the reservoir to the 'Cold' line and shake the Spyder. Rocking it back and forth helps dislodge air before you start. Put more coolant in if necessary to bring it back to the 'Cold' line.

    Let it idle at first so that any cavitation is not damaging. Get it to operating temperature watching coolant level. Top it off and go riding for a few miles. Come back and check coolant level again. You should be Good to Go!

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    Thank you, so pretty straight forward.

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