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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-16-2007, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Water Leaking?

So my 2006 ZX6r has been sitting under a cover in the snow for the last couple of days, and i finally had a chance to ride it yesterday, but it seemed to be running hot. I had a friend who was more mechanically inclined come over to check it out and he said that some tube connected to my radiator was leaking water/antifreeze. I trust this diagnoses but seeing as there was ice all over the rest of the bike, is it possible there is no leak and it was just melting?

Is there a way to check?

Is it possible that it was running hot because it was so cold?

I'd just like to be 100% before i get a mechanic involved.
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So my 2006 ZX6r has been sitting under a cover in the snow for the last couple of days, and i finally had a chance to ride it yesterday, but it seemed to be running hot. I had a friend who was more mechanically inclined come over to check it out and he said that some tube connected to my radiator was leaking water/antifreeze. I trust this diagnoses but seeing as there was ice all over the rest of the bike, is it possible there is no leak and it was just melting?

Is there a way to check?

Is it possible that it was running hot because it was so cold?

I'd just like to be 100% before i get a mechanic involved.
any color to it? Did it feel slick? But no it being cold wouldnt make it run hot, it would actually run cooler in cold weather.
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what was your coolant level at? was it low?
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what was your coolant level at? was it low?
I have no idea how to check.
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I have no idea how to check.
do you have an owners manual? i'm not sure on your model. prolly screw off your radiator cap and look in. i'm more fimiliar with hd's. wich are air cooled. i'm sure someone on here will be able to give ya some good instruction on how to check. good luck. if it's just a leaking tube, it shouldn't be too difficult to change.
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any color to it? Did it feel slick? But no it being cold wouldnt make it run hot, it would actually run cooler in cold weather.
Sometimes you cannot see the color... smell it... if it doesn't smell, taste it. Anti-freeze has a sweet taste too it... oil tastes like chit... water... hopefully you know what water tastes like...

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what was your coolant level at? was it low?


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I have no idea how to check.
There should be a clearish thingy on the inside of your fairings that has liquid in it... see if there's liquid in it.
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You can see the reservior here:

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yeap, nothing in the resivoir. Dealership coming to pick up the momentary POS on tuesday. And it finally stopped snowing oh, and the battery just quit on me. doubleyou tee eff
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how many degrees did it say on the thermostat?
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was it covered under warranty? hope so and good luck
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i think he bought it new, so it should be covered. even if he bought it used from the dealer, he hasn't had it for long. he just has to give em s**t about it. they should cover it. if its a hose like his mechanic friend says it is, im pretty sure they will.
it sucks b/c he just got the bike
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post #12 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-17-2007, 02:50 AM
 
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go to an automotive store and by the special dye you can put in your coolant then get a black light and run it past all your hose's if you find the electric colored dye coving a hose then you found your leak .... GOODLUCK BTW you hafta run the bike for a couple minutes to get the dye to run through the system

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how many degrees did it say on the thermostat?
I stopped it at 170, idling. Since the reservoir was empty didnt want to risk anything.
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oh i didnt know your reservoir was empty. so do u know if its covered under warranty yet?
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I havent even had a chance to actually ride the damn thing yet outside of the dealership cause all of the snow so the dealership is gonna take care of it, yea.
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good thing you ran it soon and didn't just let that thing hibernate...
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the cooling system is similar to cars. while the engine is cold, open up the radiator cap and check for coolant. also, if it is filled, the fan should turn on at around 210 F.

leaky tubes are easy to fix. either replace or re-tighten the hose clamps.
when the engine is hot, you can smell any coolant leak.

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Further, if its newer it should have green coolant. It shouldn't freeze so that should rule that out...

let us know what the dealer says.

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You can see the reservior here:

I wonder if there is a peephole to see the fluid level, as most riders aren't going to take off the fairing to check it.
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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-22-2007, 10:52 AM
 
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isn't 170 a bit cold? what is the operating temp on a ZX6R? my old one just had a hot or cold gauge... Make sure there is coolant and your next purchase should be a Manual. I'm sure you could even download one!
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