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Motorcycle Overheating | Causes |

9th December 2021
"A very common issue among riders traveling long distances is the overheating of the engine."

A very common issue among riders traveling long distances is the overheating of the engine.

You should not forget that an engine that runs too hot can damage the vehicle and threaten your safety.

There are different causes you must know about your overheating motorcycles.

Coolant leak

The major reason for overheating the engine might be the leaks in the coolant. Coolant removes the heat from the engine by carrying away the heat.

Always make sure that the coolant level is correct at all times. If the level of coolant is below the recommended level, immediately top it up by adding distilled water to avoid heating problems.

Fix the leak, if any, and continue riding to avoid overheating. 

Faulty radiators

Radiator fans are used to cool down the coolant in the radiator when the motorcycle is standstill and the coolant temperature exceeds. Improper functioning of the fan leads to consequences.

If the fan is damaged then, the coolant coming from the radiator to the engine is not cooled down and still carries heat.

Moreover, the engine will provide more heat to the coolant. The heat will remain with the engine components. Thus, causing overheating in the engine.

Riding at high speeds for a long time:

Riding at high speeds for a long time means keeping the engine highly active. When the engine is active for a long time will keep the pistons moving and the combustion of fuel takes place without a break.

Moreover, riding the motorcycle at too high an RPM continuously in a long ride can be one cause of overheating. The engine is constantly active and pushing its limit causing the overheat in your bike. 

Low oil level

we all have a really bad habit of usually leaving the oil refilling part to the mechanic or the service center without even bothering to check the type of oil used.

If your motorcycle is using mineral oil but you have a large capacity engine, it is a mismatch. Similarly, synthetic oil is not suitable for lower cc engines.

Moreover, poor quality or low levels of oil will not function as a good coolant that will carry away the heat.

This is especially true in air-coolant systems where oil is super-important for carrying away the heat from the frictional surfaces.

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