Kymco Xciting 250i - Owner's Manual > Coolant level inspection

Maintenance / Coolant level inspection

The reserve tank is under left floorboard. Check the coolant level through the inspection window 1 at the left side skirt while the engine is at the normal operating temperature, with the scooter in an upright position.

Coolant level inspection

Coolant level inspection

Coolant level inspection

If the coolant level is below the LOWER level mark 3, remove the left floor mat 4, remove the lid screw 5, the reserve tank lid 6, and then the reserve tank cap 7 to add coolant mixture until it reaches the upper level mark 2.

NOTE: If the reserve tank is empty, or if coolant loss is excessive during use, check for leaks, and see your KYMCO dealer immediately for repair.

Add coolant to the reserve tank only. Do not attempt to add coolant by removing the radiator cap. Coolant in the radiator is under pressure and is very hot and can cause serious burns.

Coolant replacement

The coolant in your scooter should be replaced by a KYMCO dealer, unless you have the proper tools, access to service data, and are technically qualified.

NOTE: Always add coolant to the reserve tank. Do not attempt to add coolant by removing the radiator cap.

Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you.

Always let the engine and radiator cool down before removing the radiator cap.

Coolant recommendation

It is your responsibility to have your scooter serviced so it has the proper type and amount of coolant in the cooling system and engine. The coolant must be in good condition and have the proper ratio of antifreeze and distilled water to prevent freezing, overheating, and corrosion. When servicing the coolant, you should arrange to use only high quality ethylene glycol antifreeze that contains corrosion protection inhibitors specifically formulated for use in aluminum engines (see the antifreeze container label).

A 50:50 solution of antifreeze and distilled water is required for the cooling system of your scooter. This coolant solution is recommended for most operating temperatures and provides good corrosion protection.

Use only low-mineral drinking water or distilled water as a part of the antifreeze solution. Water that is high in mineral content or salt may be harmful to the aluminum engine. Using coolant with silicate inhibitors may cause premature wear of water pump seals or blockage of radiator passages. Using tap water can cause engine damage.

If you are using your scooter in an environment where it will encounter freezing temperatures, you should have a higher concentration of antifreeze installed by your KYMCO dealer to provide additional protection against freezing the engine. This higher concentration should not exceed 60% antifreeze -to -distilled water.

During warmer times, bring the antifreeze ratio back to the standard ratio. A concentration of less than 40:60 (40% antifreeze) will not provide proper corrosion protection.

Front and rear suspension inspection

1. Check the fork assembly by squeezing the front brake lever and pump the fork up and down vigorously. Suspension action should be smooth, and there should be no fluid leakage.

2. Swing arm bearings should be checked by pushing hard against the side of the rear wheel while the scooter is on the center stand. Free play indicates worn bearings.

3. Carefully inspect all front and rear suspension fasteners for tightness.

NOTE: If you discover any irregularities during your suspension inspection, take your scooter to a KYMCO dealer immediately for service.

Side stand

Your scooter's side stand is not only necessary when you park, but it contains an important safety feature. This feature cutsoff the ignition if you try to ride the scooter when the side stand is down. Per the maintenance schedule, you should perform the following side stand inspection.

Physical inspection

Check the spring for damage or loss of tension. Check the metal stand itself to make sure it is not damaged or bent.

Check that the stand has free, smooth movement from the UP to the DOWN position.

Interlock function check:

Check the side stand ignition cut-off system:

1. Place the scooter on its center stand.

Physical inspection

2. Put the side stand up and start the engine.

Physical inspection

3. Lower the side stand. The engine should stop as you put the side stand down.

NOTE: If the side stand system does not operate as described, see your KYMCO dealer for service.

Brake lever adjusters

There is an adjuster on each brake lever. Each adjuster has four positions so that the released lever position can be adjusted to suit the rider's hands.

Brake lever adjusters

To adjust the distance of the lever from the handlebar grip, push the lever 1 forward and turn the adjuster knob 2 to align the number with the arrow mark 3 on the lever holder.

NOTE: The distance from the grip to the released lever is at its closest at number 4 and the furthest away at number 1.

Brake fluid

Brake fluid level inspection

With the scooter in an upright position, check the front and rear fluid level.

Brake fluid

The level should be above the lower level mark. If the level is at or below the lower level mark "L", check the brake pads for wear.

NOTE: Other checks - make sure there are no fluid leaks.

Check for deterioration or cracks in the hoses and fittings.

Worn brake pads should be replaced immediately. If the pads are not worn, have your brake system inspected for leaks. Do not ride your scooter unless the brakes are in perfect working order.

Brake fluid type: DOT 4 (from a sealed container)

Brake pad inspection

Brake pad wear on your scooter depends upon the severity of usage, the type of riding, and road conditions (generally, the pads will wear faster on wet and dirty roads). Inspect the pads at each regular maintenance interval.

Brake pad inspection

Front right/left brake pads

Check the cutout in each brake pad, the cutout should be visible, indicating that brake pad is not worn down to the brake rotor. If either pad is worn to the cutout, replace both pads as a set.

NOTE: See your KYMCO dealer for brake pad service.

Front right/left brake pads

Rear brake pads

Check the cutout in each brake pad. The cutout should be visible indicating that brake pad is not worn down to the brake rotor. If either pad is worn to the cutout, replace both pads as a set.

NOTE: See your KYMCO dealer for brake pad service.

Parking brake inspection

Xciting 500i and 500Ri models

Periodically inspect the parking brake function. Counting the number of notches that the parking brake's ratchet mechanism engages will help you determine if the parking brake requires service.

Parking brake inspection

1. Stop the engine and put the scooter on its center stand on level ground.

2. Pull the parking brake lever slowly and count the number of notches until the lever meets full resistance (the parking brake is engaged).

Standard lever stroke: 3 to 6 notches

NOTE: If adjustment is necessary, have the brake adjusted by your KYMCO dealer.

See also:

 Kymco Xciting 250i - Owner's Manual > Transmission fluid change

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 Kymco Xciting 250i - Owner's Manual > Battery

Your KYMCO scooter is equipped with a maintenance-free (sealed) type battery so it is not necessary to check the battery's electrolyte level or add distilled water. NOTE: If your battery seems weak and/or is leaking electrolyte (causing hard starting or other electrical troubles), contact your KYMCO dealer immediately .