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Old 02-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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Help H2O pump out in Desert

I am in the desert and my h20 pump is out. Lost oil pressure. Pull oil filter and got pressure back. Question, how far can I safely ride the bike? Do I send someone for the truck? 70 miles away or do I finish the ride? I'm roadside so quick responses are needed. Thanks
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:13 PM   #2
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From everything I have read on this issue you can pull the oil filter like you did and ride. Yes your oil will be contaminated with trace amounts of water so you would not want to leave it that way but the engine will get lubrication so you could ride.

I would be gentle and get out of the boondocks where you have other options.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:34 PM   #3
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From everything I have read on this issue you can pull the oil filter like you did and ride. Yes your oil will be contaminated with trace amounts of water so you would not want to leave it that way but the engine will get lubrication so you could ride.

I would be gentle and get out of the boondocks where you have other options.
+1, change oil asap...and pump seal when you can.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:54 PM   #4
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Wow....3 minute response time. I know we can do better..
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:14 PM   #5
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Wow....3 minute response time. I know we can do better..
Wait until we get outsourced !!

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Old 02-24-2013, 01:46 AM   #6
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Run it with the radiator cap off if you can. No coolant pressure so it wont blow past the seal.

But dont do it if dirt can get in.

And coolant will evaporate as it is no longer a closed system, so check it a few times a day.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:44 AM   #7
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Run it with the radiator cap off if you can. No coolant pressure so it wont blow past the seal.

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Wouldn't the engine speed over the water pump make a very significant quantity of coolant to come out?

I see your point about the pressure relief over the worn seal, yet i'm curious about side effects of such improving solution and if they're tolerable or not.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:33 PM   #8
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Done it on the trail with enduro bikes.e.g. low tech radiator repairs that can hold water but not stand pressure.
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Wouldn't the engine speed over the water pump make a very significant quantity of coolant to come out?

I see your point about the pressure relief over the worn seal, yet i'm curious about side effects of such improving solution and if they're tolerable or not.
Relieves the pressure but you need water, i.e. keep topping up. The steaming loss is counter intuitive, as the coolant boils its actually removing more heat from the engine due to latent heat.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:31 AM   #10
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Thanks for getting back to me. So I pulled the oil filter, topped off the oil, made sure I had plenty of coolant and rode the piss out of her. She's fine. From now on I will be stashing a stainless oil filter somewhere on the bike for emergency use. I will continue to run the paper ones as they are a good indicator that your water pump is going.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:48 AM   #11
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Thanks for getting back to me. So I pulled the oil filter, topped off the oil, made sure I had plenty of coolant and rode the piss out of her. She's fine. From now on I will be stashing a stainless oil filter somewhere on the bike for emergency use. I will continue to run the paper ones as they are a good indicator that your water pump is going.
I love this site!!!! +1 on the stainless filter for emergencies, that is my routine as well. Nice job everyone!!!!,
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