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post #1 of 7 Old 10-19-2013, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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Hot But Not Overheating

So my 9er has starting to 'smell' like it has been running hot. Most of my riding is short distant, stop and start commuting.

Today I noticed that the paint in the sides of my radiator, specifically the right side near the top hose, is a little bubbly (like it has been running really hot) but only a little, nothing flaking off. Also my radiators hoses are quiet hot to touch after just a few minutes of riding. However the temp gauge never gets above half way.

I only have 14,000 kms so I didn't think I would it be due for a flush. The level was low so I topped it up (and in my worried state I over filled it! FML! But I will let it overflow and find its level).

So I was wondering if I have anything to worry about? Is it running hotter than others? Or am I simply paranoid (and I realise I may just be paranoid).

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-19-2013, 05:51 AM
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Did you top it up through the overflow tank or at the radiator cap under the tank? It sounds like you may have been really low and filling through the radiator cap is the only way to really get it full. Once you are sure it's full, I would look for leaks.

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Did you top it up through the overflow tank or at the radiator cap under the tank? It sounds like you may have been really low and filling through the radiator cap is the only way to really get it full. Once you are sure, it's full I would look for leaks.
Thanks for the reply Mike. I topped it up through the overflow. It's midnight here in Australia and i needed to go pick up my girlfriend.

I will top it up as you say in the next few days when I get the time. I keep a pretty close eye on my bike and haven't noticed any leaks at the hoses or anywhere else. But I will be extra vigilant now.

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I get that same thing sometimes... Usually it's just water from something, or a leaf, or a bug, or a dead bird ( this actually happened once)... Give it a good wash and scrub around the engine decent and I bet it'll go away

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I get that same thing sometimes... Usually it's just water from something, or a leaf, or a bug, or a dead bird ( this actually happened once)... Give it a good wash and scrub around the engine decent and I bet it'll go away
Thanks mate. I will do this. Usually she is always kept sparkling, but the weather recently means there hasn't been much point, so it hasn't been washed as much. It may indeed be contributing.

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yeah check coolant level at the filler neck under the tank.

Should just take the hour or so and do a proper drain and flush.

Also make sure the rad is clear of debris.

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Thanks mate. I will do this. Usually she is always kept sparkling, but the weather recently means there hasn't been much point, so it hasn't been washed as much. It may indeed be contributing.
Yeah stop send ya crap weather this way will ya???

I would doubt its a major, check water level to start with and that your fans are coming on when they should.

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