How to Do a Kawasaki KLR 650 Coolant Flush
Flushing the coolant in your Kawasaki KLR 650R will remove any contaminants that might damage seals and gaskets, or corrode other parts of the cooling system.
A well-maintained cooling system will be less prone to failures and last longer.
Coolant flushing a Kawasaki KLR 650R is one of the few maintenance tasks that requires you to take your motorcycle out for a run halfway through, so you get to have some fun while you're doing it!
Tools and Parts Needed: Kawasaki KLR 650 Coolant Flush
- 3/8 ratchet and extension
- 8mm,10mm sockets
- Philips screwdriver
Flush the Coolant on a Kawasaki KLR 650R
Step 1. Remove the bottom engine guard by taking off the four bolts that hold it in place.
Step 2. Drain the coolant from the radiator by first removing the radiator cap (located in front of the gas tank below the handlebars on the left side). Next, remove the coolant drain bolt and crush washer (located at the bottom of the water pump on the lower right side of the engine). Once the coolant has fully drained, reinstall the crush washer and drain bolt.
Step 3. Drain the coolant overflow reservoir by first removing the plastic cover in front of the reservoir. Then, remove the four reservoir mounting bolts and the feed pipe at the top of the reservoir. Tip the reservoir forward and drain out the remaining coolant. Inspect the reservoir for any debris or sediment. If necessary, completely remove the reservoir by also disconnecting the lower feed pipe and then thoroughly cleaning the reservoir.
Step 4. Refill the overflow reservoir with water (not coolant) to about a third of its capacity. Next, reconnect the pipe at the top and reinstall the reservoir into the frame.
Step 5. Flush the cooling system with water by refilling the radiator with water (again, not coolant), then running the engine for a few seconds. Check the water level in the radiator and top it off if necessary. Replace the radiator cap and run the engine for about 10 minutes.
Step 6. Drain the water from the radiator, as you did with the coolant in Step 2.
Step 7. Flush the cooling system with coolant flush. Different coolant flushes will have slightly varied mixture ratios, so follow the instructions on the bottle of your coolant flush. This step typically involves adding a mixture of water and coolant flush, then running the motorcycle for a longer period of time.
Step 8. Drain the water/coolant flush mixture from the radiator, as described in Step 2.
Step 9. Re-flush the cooling system with water by repeating Step 5.
Step 10. Drain the water from the radiator, as described in Step 2.
NOTE: At this point, inspect the drain bolt's crush washer. If the crush washer is showing signs of wear and has lost some of its "spring", now is a good time to replace it.
Step 11. Drain the coolant overflow reservoir and inspect it for debris, as described in Step 3.
Step 12. Refill the coolant overflow reservoir to the top fill mark with engine coolant. Reconnect the pipe at the top and reinstall the reservoir into the frame.
Step 13. Refill the radiator with engine coolant. Replace the radiator filler cap and run the engine for a couple of minutes.
Step 14. Check the coolant levels in the radiator and overflow reservoir, and top them off if necessary.
Step 15. Reinstall the plastic cover in front of the reservoir and the bottom engine guard and you're done.
Since you're already doing the important maintenance task of flushing out the coolant on your Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle, why stop there? Watch the video below and change the oil on your KLR650 while you're at it!