Re: VULCAN COOLANT LEAK KNOWLEDGE BASE
I have a 2007 Vulcan 1500 F1 Classic. Currently has 4,600 kilo (2400 miles) and I have had this leak since I bought it. I never drove much and originally there was not enough of a leak for them to find anything. The little riding I did do, I was always able to smell antifreeze but did notice on the crank case on the cylinder facing back of the bike a couple drops of glycol. I took it in for a service and to have the dealer to look and replace the faulty gasket. To my surprise, I received a call today that this gasket replacement was going to be a 14 to 15 hour job at $115. per hour. So, they stopped the work and only did the maintenance and called to break the news to me. Apparently they would have to pull the frame apart, pull the engine out and replace the back water gasket. Sine I hardly ride, of course I was very disappointed in have to spend up to 2k for what appeared to be maybe a $200 to $300 fix. I was tempted and still contemplating on buying a new bike but was really looking at something different and not a Kawasaki brand. I came home very disappointed and left the bike at the dealership. They are trying to get me to look at the 1700cc's (Nomad or Vaquero). While not getting much for a trade in was disappointing since low mileage and has never been outside other than during a ride (it sits in my garage). I started to search on the net and came across this forum. As I went through I have experienced exactly what each of you have posted. I am going to pick the bike up tomorrow (if it does not snow as they call for), and going to try and pull the fuel tank and see if I can get at those hoses. My other disappointment is that, as a dealer you would think they would be aware of this common issue of loose hoses. My question anyone is, if in fact it is not a loose clamp, would Barrs Leak work or is that a no no for bikes? I cant also see how it would take 14 hours to pull that all apart for an intake gasket but I am taking their word for it. I will try what has been explained on these links and hopefully this will save me a new bike. I will say, my wife and I have grown fond of the 2012 Honda Goldwing but that will depend on the success of the hose clamps. Thanks for any input or advice. I just find this disappointing!