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1Back to top Go down   Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) Empty Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) on Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:35 am

MartinW

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I normally change my coolant every two years, however I've had the suspicion that I could probably go longer. With that in mind I just bought a 50 strip container of Castrol coolant test strips. On special $10.00 off at Repco for $23.00. The bottle has two colour test charts on the side of the container. One shows percentage of Glycol the other shows corrosion protection. I did a test and both tests were at the top of the chart. So I'll leave it for another 12 months. 
Regards Martin.
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Matthew-Brisbane

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Never seen them before


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1986 K100 RS Motorsport
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2011 R1200 GS
    

3Back to top Go down   Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) Empty Re: Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) on Mon Apr 06, 2020 5:08 am

MartinW

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They've been around for a fair while. I just thought I'd give them a try and I think judging by the reading I got I can probably go 4 years plus. I do believe if you look around you can get them in a smaller quantity. They're only good for around two years and I'm unlikely to need 50 in those years. I should set up a testing service with the leftovers.
Regards Martin.


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4Back to top Go down   Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) Empty Re: Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) on Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:16 pm

Point-Seven-five

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Since a coolant change only costs me $6 every two years, it's not really a big deal. 

We also have a dehumidifier that runs in the summer creating massive amounts of free distilled water.


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Present:
1994 K75RT
1991 K100RS
1988 K100RS SE

Past:
1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

5Back to top Go down   Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) Empty Re: Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) on Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:28 pm

duck

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Most coolants last about five years these days. (As long as you use distilled water since tap water has impurities.)

I test mine by licking the radiator cap. Yummy. Twisted Evil


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
98 Taxi Cab K1200RS
14 K1600GT
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6Back to top Go down   Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) Empty Re: Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) on Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:21 pm

Two Wheels Better

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@duck wrote:I test mine by licking the radiator cap. Yummy. Twisted Evil
I changed a water pump in my Mum's VW Rabbit diesel on a cold January day with a layer of compacted snow all over the driveway. This was back when I was under 30 and could take the cold better than at age 60. Anywho, I cleaned up job done, tools away, fingers thawed, whikkey bottle open inside by the fire, too late to drive home 35 miles away, free dinner, but didn't notice the splash of old coolant now blended in with the packed down snow and ice beneath the car - but the free range, wandering chooks did before being put away for the night. 

Next morning, exclamations of unhappiness from Mum from the kitchen window. Did a fox sneak in at night? Nope, the yardbirds located that old coolant quick smart and had a good ol' peck at it. Damn near cleaned it all up. It sure cleaned them up, too. About four out of ten chooks dead, frozen. They did not go into the freezer as next Sunday's roast.


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Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, "What can I do to keep my life from going by so fast?" Then a voice comes to me that says, "Try slowing down at the corners." 

~Charlie Brown

1970 R60/5, '77 R75/7-R100, '85 K100'87 K75C, '87 K100RS, '93 K11-K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100-Mystic, '96 K1100RS, '98 K1200RS, '00 K1200RS, '02 K1200RS, '03 K1200GT, '04 R1150R'04 R1150RT, '05 K1200S, '06 K1200R, '07 K1200R, '09 K1300GT & 2013 R1200RT-Polizei  - Beemers owned still or sold.

    

7Back to top Go down   Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) Empty Re: Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) on Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:49 pm

Dai

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It's lethal to cats too.


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'83 K100 upgraded to K100RS spec, '87 K100RT
Others...
'78 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, '79 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,'93 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California
    

8Back to top Go down   Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) Empty Re: Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) on Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:01 pm

MartinW

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And husbands. As a few have had the misfortune to not find out until it was too late.
Regards Martin.


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9Back to top Go down   Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) Empty Re: Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) on Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:44 pm

Matthew-Brisbane

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And cane toads 

Left a bucket sitting out side the shed when I drained the radiator from the prang 

Bloody toads jump in dead the next day left them sitting for a little while longer and more jumped in 

after a couple of days the smell was gone and so was the toads


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1986 K100 RS Motorsport
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2011 R1200 GS
    

10Back to top Go down   Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) Empty Re: Coolant Test Strips (Castrol) on Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:43 am

indian036

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@Dai wrote:It's lethal to cats too.
Feral and unconfined domestic cats are the worst predators of small Australian native animals and birds, accounting for literally billions each year. So perhaps I should leave some out . . .

Bill


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1985 K100RT  VIN 0028991  My original Very Happy   (Historic rego)
1985 K100RT  VIN 0029036  BOB the Blue Old Bike  (Historic rego)
1990 K100LT  VIN 0190452  Work in progress
1984 K100RT  VIN 0023022  Work needing lots of progress

1986 K100RT  VIN 0090542  Work needing lots and lots of progress
1993 K1100LT  VIN 0183046  Work in progress
1993 K75S  VIN 0213045  Newest toy, slightly non-original
    

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