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post #1 of 8 Old 04-10-2011, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Leaking radiator hose

Hey all,

Yesterday in the parking lot at work I discovered that coolant was leaking onto my shoe - so when I woke up this morning I took the left side of the bike apart enough to get to the radiator and discovered that coolant is oozing out of the connection where the radiator inlet hose meets the radiator. I tried repositioning and tightening the clamp holding the hose there which seemed to work until the bike heated up, then same problem.

What is the best fix for this? just replace the hose with a new one and clamp? Is there some sort of sealant I should be using where the hose and the radiator meet?

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-10-2011, 10:59 AM
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No sealant. Tightening the clamp is usually the only thing required. Can you do some more? Check that the radiator stub is smooth and the hose isn't cracked.

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I had the same thing with an '07 Vee (same place and same clamp). I just tightened the clamp up and all was good.
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I third it - tightening the clamp helped me as well.

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Sometimes the clamps get worn out. Try a new clamp.

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Sometimes you have to just replace the hose -- after several times off and on for valve checks and whatnot, the hose gets too flattened and simply won't seal to the radiator any more.

One trick I've used to get home is to cut off a small amount of the hose (1/4" or less) so you can push it a bit further onto the fitting and put the clamp onto a "fresher" area of the hose.

Fresh hoses fit sooooooo nice, and they're less than $20 each.

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Radiator hose leak?

I have the same thing going on with my DL1000 & have ordered a manual. Any secret to getting the side covers off to get at the top hose calmp?
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