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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-09-2010, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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checking coolant level

I have a 02 Vulcan 1500 classic and to check the coolant level I look at the reservoir on the side of the bike. My little brother called me recently and told me he had bought a 09 Vulcan 900 classic and was told to remove the gas tank to check this ,is this true.Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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I have a 02 Vulcan 1500 classic and to check the coolant level I look at the reservoir on the side of the bike. My little brother called me recently and told me he had bought a 09 Vulcan 900 classic and was told to remove the gas tank to check this ,is this true.Any advise would be greatly appreciated.


What you'e looking at is the coolant recovery reservoir. If you want to see how much coolant you have in the radiator, you need to look down the radiator filler neck. Unfortunately, you have to take the tank off for this. But if you have coolant in the tank, you're probably fine, as you fill the radiator with coolant from the recovery tank, not the radiator itself.

I hadn't checked my side recovery reservoir for a long time as I always look down the radiator neck when I have the tank off (been doing lots of carb work lately, cam chain tensioner extenders, air filter relocation, etc). It was empty when I checked it, though the radiator had plenty of liquid in it. So I filled it up to the full line. Next season I'll have the whole system flushed.

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Vulcan 500 LTD overheats and loss of power?

Hey fellows I have a Vulcan 500' LTD. It has recently started over heating (light comes on) after riding only minutes. It also jerks and it is a lose of power in 1st gear. I put antifreeze in the reserve still over heats and accelerates then stalls. Where should I start looking for my problem?
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Hey fellows I have a Vulcan 500' LTD. It has recently started over heating (light comes on) after riding only minutes. It also jerks and it is a lose of power in 1st gear. I put antifreeze in the reserve still over heats and accelerates then stalls. Where should I start looking for my problem?
I'd check the water pump first.

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Mustang Seat
Sissy bar, luggage rack,
light bar, 2" risers,
Isogrips, Fatbar crashbars,
offset hiway pegs, tank bib,
passenger floorboards,
new brake pedal, throttle lock,
Cobra Lowboy Shotgun pipes,
Baron's Big Air relocated right side,
tombstone tail light,forkbag,
detachable hard leather bags,
alarm, power port, clock,
and a cool cupholder
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Hey fellows I have a Vulcan 500' LTD. It has recently started over heating (light comes on) after riding only minutes. It also jerks and it is a lose of power in 1st gear. I put antifreeze in the reserve still over heats and accelerates then stalls. Where should I start looking for my problem?
Checking the basics first is a good place to start and the basics always start with a few questions:

1. Year
2. Mileage
3. Any aftermarket add-ons; pipes,etc.
4. Did the problem occur suddenly?

The water pump would be way down on my list of possible causes, just yet.

Also, it is best to start your own thread on a problem as they can be hard to keep track of when buried in another thread.

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