Waterpump leak


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Waterpump leak

Postby fnickel » Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:11 pm



I've had the '92 1500 SE just over a year, 85,000 miles. When I first got it, it dripped coolant from the waterpump for about the first hour that it ran, but was totally drip free during the whole riding season. It had not been used for over a year before I got it. This winter in storage, there has been quite a puddle accumulating under the water pump. I think it would be a good idea to fix this. I don't want problems during riding season. Question is, do I need a whole new waterpump assembly, or do I need to just replace the O-rings and seals on either end of the water pump? Is there a way of determining which of these is the real required fix? Thanks for your help.



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Re: Waterpump leak

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:12 am

fnickel wrote:I've had the '92 1500 SE just over a year, 85,000 miles. When I first got it, it dripped coolant from the waterpump for about the first hour that it ran, but was totally drip free during the whole riding season. It had not been used for over a year before I got it. This winter in storage, there has been quite a puddle accumulating under the water pump. I think it would be a good idea to fix this. I don't want problems during riding season. Question is, do I need a whole new waterpump assembly, or do I need to just replace the O-rings and seals on either end of the water pump? Is there a way of determining which of these is the real required fix? Thanks for your help.


A lot of the time, in the cold off-season, you'll get a bit of leakage around the hose fittings near the pump.

Spray it down with a solvent, like brake cleaner, to get any grime and road grease off of there, and then dust the area with talcum powder. If it is leaking enough to create a puddle, the source of the leak should be readily apparent in the talcum powder within a few days.


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