How to Add Coolant to a Kawasaki Vulcan 500

by Gregory Crews

Refilling the coolant is vital to the life of the engine of your Kawasaki Vulcan 500 motorcycle. The Vulcan motor runs similar to a car's engine and is capable of overheating without the proper amount of coolant flowing through the system. Adding coolant to the system is a quick and simple task that will keep your motorcycle running smoothly for many miles to come.To ensure proper flow, be sure to use a recommended coolant for your motorcycle. You may want to consult your owner's manual.

Adding Coolant to your Kawasaki Vulcan

Remove the side cover on the right-hand side of the motorcycle. This will require a torque bit. The panel is located directly under the seat.

Remove the top of the reservoir bottle. Locate the fill line on the reservoir.

Refill with coolant to the fill line. You can purchase the premix required at any parts house. It will be labeled for motorcycles.

Place the cap on the reservoir bottle. The cap will screw on.

Mount the side cover on the motorcycle. Tighten the screws until they are snug.


  • Be sure to ask your local parts house for a recommended coolant for your motorcycle.


  • Do not attempt to refill the coolant while the is hot; doing so could result in burns.

Items you will need

About the Author

Gregory Crews has been in the film industry for three years and has appeared in more than 38 major motion pictures and 16 television shows. He also writes detailed automotive tutorials. His expertise in the automotive industry has given him the skills to write detailed technical instructional articles.

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