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Old 12-28-2012, 05:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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black coolant 03 800 edge

hi i have a 03 800 edge it seems to be running good for 50kms now, the heat gauge says it less than half way the temp light has not come on but feels hot to the touch cant hold your hand on the jugs just got the sled so dont know whats normal if you didnt see the coolant or lifted the hood you wouldnt know anything was wrong plugs look to be burning fine any ideas not sure whats in the coolant just looks black if it was and oring wouldnt it loose pressure overnight ? It holds pressure in the bottle all night and all the next day so thats my problem,thanks
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You shouldn't be able to hold your hand on the cylinders, the temp of those can get upwards of 180 degrees. 120 would be hot.

Black coolant would indicate contamination. I would drain and flush the old coolant and refill with a good quality ethylene glycol antifreeze, such as Prestone. 50/50 works, some guys go with 60/40 if they ride in really cold weather. 50/50 will protect down to -34F, which is colder than I would want to be out sledding.

You might want to pull the recoil starter assembly and take a look at the belt, too. The belt drives the water pump and the oil pump, so if it fails, your engine doesn't like it much. It's not difficult to replace, just hard to get to; that bolt on the bottom of the recoil assembly is a pain.

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