Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:04 am

Hooked
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Location: PA
 
Hooked
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Location: PA
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:04 am linkquote
Are you guys doing the coolant flush every two years as recommended? What is the best coolant to use if you're going to flush the system? Should I stick with the original stuff that comes in the scooters new or something else?
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:20 am

Member
Buddy 900
Joined: 02 Aug 2022
Posts: 21
Location: SoCal
 
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Buddy 900
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Location: SoCal
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:20 am linkquote
mankite wrote:
Are you guys doing the coolant flush every two years as recommended? What is the best coolant to use if you're going to flush the system? Should I stick with the original stuff that comes in the scooters new or something else?
Using Maxima coolant from Amazon for my motorcycle, scooter west also lists it for scooters
https://www.scooterwest.com/maxima-coolanol-ready-to-use-coolant-1-2-gallon-64-oz.html

Also been using Quicksilver synthetic oil and Quicksilver dot 4 brake fluid, more economical than Motul and some of the other big brands and it's made by Mercruiser, the Mercury boat engine gurus.
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:57 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:57 am linkquote
CaliforniaCruising wrote:
Also been using Quicksilver synthetic oil and Quicksilver dot 4 brake fluid, more economical than Motul and some of the other big brands and it's made by Mercruiser, the Mercury boat engine gurus.
Mercury makes brake fluid??
Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:12 pm

Molto Verboso
2018 Vespa 300 GTS Touring
Joined: 04 Oct 2015
Posts: 1150
Location: NYC
 
Molto Verboso
2018 Vespa 300 GTS Touring
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Location: NYC
Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:12 pm linkquote
If you doing the coolant flush then why not do it yearly. Cost of materials is low, your time and effort is costed out to zero.
I change engine oil twice a year once in Spring and then late in the fall. I do a coolant flush every year early in the spring along with a change of the spark plug.
Routine maintenance like air filter cleaning/coolant flush/ spark plug/ oil change etc if one is doing it themselves then the cost of the materials is relatively low and you get to keep your Vespa in tiptop shape or hope to do so.
Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:28 pm

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Buddy 900
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Location: SoCal
 
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Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:28 pm linkquote
fledermaus wrote:
Mercury makes brake fluid??
yes, that's why their boats can stop on a dime.
They also make gear oil
Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:15 pm

Enthusiast
2019 GTS300
Joined: 22 Apr 2021
Posts: 75
Location: Twin Cities, USA
 
Enthusiast
2019 GTS300
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Location: Twin Cities, USA
Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:15 pm linkquote
I change every two years. Coolanol works for me. Generating excess hazmat waste to change it more frequently just doesn't make sense (for me, YMMV).
Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:17 pm

Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 41203
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:17 pm linkquote
fledermaus wrote:
Mercury makes brake fluid??
No, they package and sell it at a vast mark-up! Used in their engine tilt and trim hydraulics. Ordinary DOT4 works just as well at 1/4 the price.
Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:47 pm

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Buddy 900
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Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:47 pm linkquote
jimc wrote:
No, they package and sell it at a vast mark-up! Used in their engine tilt and trim hydraulics. Ordinary DOT4 works just as well at 1/4 the price.
$7.19 USD for 12oz seems ok,
what are you paying?
Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:56 pm

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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:56 pm linkquote
I'm remembering UK Mercury prices from when I was back in the UK. Anything smelling of 'marine' there goes for twice the price - add a well-known name and it goes up even more.
Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:50 pm

Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 1716
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
 
Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
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Location: Lancaster, U.K.
Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:50 pm linkquote
baba12 wrote:
If you doing the coolant flush then why not do it yearly. Cost of materials is low, your time and effort is costed out to zero.
I change engine oil twice a year once in Spring and then late in the fall. I do a coolant flush every year early in the spring along with a change of the spark plug.
Routine maintenance like air filter cleaning/coolant flush/ spark plug/ oil change etc if one is doing it themselves then the cost of the materials is relatively low and you get to keep your Vespa in tiptop shape or hope to do so.
That's a great maintenance routine you have baba. I do my own wrenching and try to keep up with recommended schedules. I find that regular maintenance not only is good for your scooter, but therapeutic to know it's being looked after properly and to be able to check the general condition of your scooter whilst you're doing it.
Sat Aug 06, 2022 3:29 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sat Aug 06, 2022 3:29 am linkquote
jimc wrote:
No, they package and sell it at a vast mark-up! Used in their engine tilt and trim hydraulics. Ordinary DOT4 works just as well at 1/4 the price.
Ah, that makes a bit of sense, though not too well-versed on boat engines other than outboards. Maybe I should, living about 2 miles away from Mercury headquarters. It's like living in Pontaderra or something! Anyway, never saw a Brake Fluid Division building here, lol.
BTW, I think my last bottle of brake fluid was around $4 IIRC.
Sat Aug 06, 2022 8:59 am

Molto Verboso
2018 GTS 300 Touring Rosso Vignola, 2020 BV 350 Matte Green, 1956 VL3
Joined: 02 Aug 2012
Posts: 1114
Location: Herriman, Utah
 
Molto Verboso
2018 GTS 300 Touring Rosso Vignola, 2020 BV 350 Matte Green, 1956 VL3
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Posts: 1114
Location: Herriman, Utah
Sat Aug 06, 2022 8:59 am linkquote
I'm on a two year schedule for my GTS & BV. I'm not going to even attempt to do the brakes on my 2020 BV again. The rear is a bitch!
Sat Aug 06, 2022 1:27 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2006 GTS 250
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 9797
Location: KS USA
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2006 GTS 250
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Posts: 9797
Location: KS USA
Sat Aug 06, 2022 1:27 pm linkquote
I change my scooter coolant only when it's needed. I have this drop squeeze thingy that tells me what it's time to change.
Sat Aug 06, 2022 10:39 pm

Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
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Molto Verboso
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Location: Lancaster, U.K.
Sat Aug 06, 2022 10:39 pm linkquote
Max6200 wrote:
I change my scooter coolant only when it's needed. I have this drop squeeze thingy that tells me what it's time to change.
I use a calendar
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