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Offline dboogie2288

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Coolant leak, any usual connie issues?
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:43:21 am »
I dont think I've ever noticed a wide array of complaints on coolant leaking. My 06 developed a leak recently, and its pretty major. Are there any known issues with the concours with leaking coolant? It's coming pretty freely, at the front of the bike, and no oil to match (so not the water pump). I've had some leaky coolant log rings before, but this is coming out pretty heavily, and only when the bike is running. I've got to tear into it here shortly, then I'll know more..just doing some research ahead of time.
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Re: Coolant leak, any usual connie issues?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2017, 12:27:48 pm »
The c-10s have a bit of propensity to have the coolant hose near the exhaust leak. As the bike is over ten years old, this may be a really good time to replace all hoses and O-rings ant thermostat. A fairly big job but it beats doing it in the middle of a trip or on the side of the road. Also a good time to send carbbies of to Shoodaben, either for the works or a freshen up.

When I replaced hoses(every 5-6 years}, I would wrap that hose near the exhaust with aluminum foil to help reject heat.
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Re: Coolant leak, any usual connie issues?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2017, 12:50:20 pm »
And still check that weep hole on the water pump just in case, the coolant side only seal could be leaking. That was a failure point for my second water pump.
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Re: Coolant leak, any usual connie issues?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2017, 01:09:37 pm »
The c-10s have a bit of propensity to have the coolant hose near the exhaust leak. As the bike is over ten years old, this may be a really good time to replace all hoses and O-rings ant thermostat. A fairly big job but it beats doing it in the middle of a trip or on the side of the road. Also a good time to send carbbies of to Shoodaben, either for the works or a freshen up.

When I replaced hoses(every 5-6 years}, I would wrap that hose near the exhaust with aluminum foil to help reject heat.

Hmm that's good to know. I was going to send in the carbs this winter anyhow. I guess I'll start taking off the plastic. I guess hoses, orings, tstat & gasket will be in her future. GRRRR I HATE COOLANT!!!  >:(
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Re: Coolant leak, any usual connie issues?
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 01:42:07 pm »
Reminder, make sure to tie wrap the coolant hose near front exhaust to the coolant tube to keep away from exhaust.
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Re: Coolant leak, any usual connie issues?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2017, 01:21:28 am »
While you're inspecting the cooling system, examine the lower metal pipes that the cooling hoses
connect to.  There's a bolt holding one in place on the engine end....  snug it up.   :-[      :great:
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