ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Orange Crush
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-27-2012, 03:48 AM   #1
alongat OP
Studly Adventurer
 
alongat's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Toronto, Canada
Oddometer: 895
Strange 950ADV coolant issue - need help please...

Hello everyone. I have recently bought a 2004 950ADV from my friend. Bike has 49,000km on it. One time when he and I did a ride when the bike was still his, after about 2 hours of highway, we got off the highway for a break and the 950ADV puked out some coolant out of the reservoir. It wasn't much, just a good size puddle and the overflow just stopped - we assumed it had been overfilled. We continued to ride for the next two days with no issues. I bought the bike and have ridden it a lot in different scenarios with no issues. Last week after a few hours on the highway, again, we stopped for a break and the bike puked out coolant (bright and green). The coolant reservoir indicated coolant in it toward the lower end of the range but it ran fine and did not run hot. I ignored it and we kept on for the rest of the day. On my way home, I hit some city traffic and toward the end of my city ride (about 20 minutes of stop and go (mostly stop), the bike ended up running hot enough to show all bars of temperature and flash a red light at me. No coolant on the ground this time. I finally got the bike home and noticed that the coolant reservoir was nearly empty. I am stumped - is there a coolant blockage somewhere? Is the coolant system somehow developing air pockets on these highway rides - enough to overflow the coolant reservoir and then run low when I need the coolant? The fan works - I can hear it kick in at the correct temperature range, the bike runs fine otherwise. Coolant pump failing? Blockages of some sort? I am not seeing any white smoke out of the exhaust so I assume I don't have any blown head gaskets or damaged water passages, etc...

Any ideas or previous experience similar to this? Please share - I really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance,
__________________
Toronto, Canada
KTM 1190 ADV
KTM 530 EXC-R
2005 Ducati 999R
And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach!
alongat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2012, 04:38 AM   #2
kingrj
Gnarly Adventurer
 
kingrj's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Oddometer: 379
Quote:
Originally Posted by alongat View Post
Hello everyone. I have recently bought a 2004 950ADV from my friend. Bike has 49,000km on it. One time when he and I did a ride when the bike was still his, after about 2 hours of highway, we got off the highway for a break and the 950ADV puked out some coolant out of the reservoir. It wasn't much, just a good size puddle and the overflow just stopped - we assumed it had been overfilled. We continued to ride for the next two days with no issues. I bought the bike and have ridden it a lot in different scenarios with no issues. Last week after a few hours on the highway, again, we stopped for a break and the bike puked out coolant (bright and green). The coolant reservoir indicated coolant in it toward the lower end of the range but it ran fine and did not run hot. I ignored it and we kept on for the rest of the day. On my way home, I hit some city traffic and toward the end of my city ride (about 20 minutes of stop and go (mostly stop), the bike ended up running hot enough to show all bars of temperature and flash a red light at me. No coolant on the ground this time. I finally got the bike home and noticed that the coolant reservoir was nearly empty. I am stumped - is there a coolant blockage somewhere? Is the coolant system somehow developing air pockets on these highway rides - enough to overflow the coolant reservoir and then run low when I need the coolant? The fan works - I can hear it kick in at the correct temperature range, the bike runs fine otherwise. Coolant pump failing? Blockages of some sort? I am not seeing any white smoke out of the exhaust so I assume I don't have any blown head gaskets or damaged water passages, etc...

Any ideas or previous experience similar to this? Please share - I really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance,
Mine did the same and I replaced the radiator cap which was defective and it solved the problem...The system needs to be pressurized..
kingrj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2012, 05:08 AM   #3
Deuce
Crazy Canuck
 
Deuce's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2001
Location: Vancouver Island, Bitchin' Columbia, Canada
Oddometer: 2,755
Rad cap for sure. Mine did the same thing. They get gummed up, rubber hardens and looses seal.
__________________
I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.
-- Winnie the Pooh
Deuce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2012, 05:49 AM   #4
alongat OP
Studly Adventurer
 
alongat's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Toronto, Canada
Oddometer: 895
Thanks guys - I don't think this leak is coming from the radiator area, I thought it is coming from the overflow tank hose but for the price of the rad cap, it sounds like it would make sense to start there.

Thanks again
__________________
Toronto, Canada
KTM 1190 ADV
KTM 530 EXC-R
2005 Ducati 999R
And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach!
alongat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2012, 05:55 AM   #5
Deuce
Crazy Canuck
 
Deuce's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2001
Location: Vancouver Island, Bitchin' Columbia, Canada
Oddometer: 2,755
Quote:
Originally Posted by alongat View Post
Thanks guys - I don't think this leak is coming from the radiator area, I thought it is coming from the overflow tank hose but for the price of the rad cap, it sounds like it would make sense to start there.

Thanks again
There is an overflow hose from your rad cap mount that goes into the overflow tank. When the rad cap fails to seal or your engine overheats the pressurized water flows through the hose into your overflow tank. That is why you don't see any seepage from the rad cap.

__________________
I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.
-- Winnie the Pooh
Deuce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2012, 01:57 PM   #6
alongat OP
Studly Adventurer
 
alongat's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Toronto, Canada
Oddometer: 895
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
There is an overflow hose from your rad cap mount that goes into the overflow tank. When the rad cap fails to seal or your engine overheats the pressurized water flows through the hose into your overflow tank. That is why you don't see any seepage from the rad cap.

Ah, perfect - makes sense. Thanks again guys
__________________
Toronto, Canada
KTM 1190 ADV
KTM 530 EXC-R
2005 Ducati 999R
And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach!
alongat is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 05:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014