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Re: VULCAN COOLANT LEAK KNOWLEDGE BASE

same issue on my 06 1600 classic. Not visible but you sure can smell it. Will take the tank off when the weather gets nicer and have at this b*tch.


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I just did the 6,000 mile service on my 2004 Vulcan 500 yesterday. Though the reservoir never got low at all I've been smelling coolant since I bought it last month and could see a very small white trail down by the hose running from the bottom of the radiator to the water pump. I planned to replace that hose during the service. When I pulled the fuel tank off it was easy to see that the problem was actually at the hose to the coolant pipe in the top of #2 cylinder. The clamp just wasn't tight enough and the coolant was seeping out there. The spark plug area drain hole is right over the water pump so that's why the coolant was ending up down there. I went around and tightened all the clamps including the ones "hidden" by the fuel tank. After several test rides there is no more smell and everything is bone dry.

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I just did the 6,000 mile service on my 2004 Vulcan 500 yesterday. Though the reservoir never got low at all I've been smelling coolant since I bought it last month and could see a very small white trail down by the hose running from the bottom of the radiator to the water pump. I planned to replace that hose during the service. When I pulled the fuel tank off it was easy to see that the problem was actually at the hose to the coolant pipe in the top of #2 cylinder. The clamp just wasn't tight enough and the coolant was seeping out there. The spark plug area drain hole is right over the water pump so that's why the coolant was ending up down there. I went around and tightened all the clamps including the ones "hidden" by the fuel tank. After several test rides there is no more smell and everything is bone dry.

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Hey way to go Joe, you beat me to it. I will be doing mine as soon as I have a free moment to concentrate on getting the task done. I have bee procrastinating enough, so this week, I'll try and git er' done. I know the problem is just a few loose clamps, but I've been a little scared of removing the gas tank, but I'm now determined, it's gotta get done, and I must stop putting it off. I'll report back once it's fixed, and I'll try and post some play by play pictures as I do it, to help some other poor procrastinating sap with hope that it will help them out and give them the confidence to do it.
I'm also on the verge of replacing my motorcycle rear tire for a car tire, but that's another thread and discussion.
Thanks for posting the results you got. Welcome to the forum and safe roads.

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It took me less than 5 minutes to remove my tank for the very first time. One 8mm bolt on the instrument panel. Lift it up and disconnect the speedo and two electrical connectors and the panel is off. One 8mm bolt to remove the seat. Two vent hoses on the right side of the tank, one vacuum hose and the fuel supply hose on the left side, two 12mm bolts and off comes the tank. Easy as that. At least on my 500.

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Thanks Joe, I know once I do it, I'll be kicking myself for having waited so long....DOH !
On my 1500. the procedure is a little different than your 500, but basically the same.

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Help I too have a coolant leak but not from a hose, I wish it was that simple. I have a 95 vulcan 800 and I just noticed that I am leaking coolant from the pipe going from the top of the Right Engine Cover to the Crankcase. It's leaking from where it goes into the crankcase. It appears to be a seal issue but I am leary of taking off the cover (only way I can see to remove pipe) as I do not know what all I will need to replace if I do. I have the service manual but it is useless. It shows an exploded view, but no part numbers or descriptions or what needs sealant and so forth. Please help.
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Sorry Chaz, can't help you with your question, but I'm sure some of the more mechanical guru's here will chime in soon.
In the mean time, here is a thread that I added some pictures on how to tighten the rad hose clamps, and removing the gas tank.
http://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/fo...se-clamps.html

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I have the same issue with My Vulcan 900. I am noticing leakage from around the clamps. I have to find a way to loosen the tank, so that I can get in there and tighten the clamps. The owners manual is no real help. If any one knows how, please do share.
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I have the same issue with My Vulcan 900. I am noticing leakage from around the clamps. I have to find a way to loosen the tank, so that I can get in there and tighten the clamps. The owners manual is no real help. If any one knows how, please do share.
I'm not sure how to loosen and/or remove the tank on the 900. Post a question in the cruiser thread about "900 tank removal" or something like that, and I'll bet you get the help you need.

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