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Hi guys...

Can someone pls help me out...

Got a "HI" warning, temp went all the way up to 120 deg C...

Sent bike to dealer. Got told that coolant was empty so they filled it up.
Bike was running good for a day then same problem happened again...

Any ideas what the problem is???

Tried filling up the coolant to the max point myself...
But it "disappeared" after 20-30mins...
No leaking seen anywhere though...
Is it normal for the coolant to "disappear", evaporate, etc???

I'm really clueless...

And I am super confuse right now!
 

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Hi guys...

Can someone pls help me out...

Got a "HI" warning, temp went all the way up to 120 deg C...

Sent bike to dealer. Got told that coolant was empty so they filled it up.
Bike was running good for a day then same problem happened again...

Any ideas what the problem is???

Tried filling up the coolant to the max point myself...
But it "disappeared" after 20-30mins...
No leaking seen anywhere though...
Is it normal for the coolant to "disappear", evaporate, etc???

I'm really clueless...

And I am super confuse right now!
Probably you are running a bad radiator. There was a bunch of Multis that had bad radiator from factory.
When you got the warning check your radiator by touching it.If it bad, the half of the radiator should be cold.

Get your dealer to fix it under warranty.
 

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Hi guys...

Can someone pls help me out...

Got a "HI" warning, temp went all the way up to 120 deg C...

Sent bike to dealer. Got told that coolant was empty so they filled it up.
Bike was running good for a day then same problem happened again...

Any ideas what the problem is???

Tried filling up the coolant to the max point myself...
But it "disappeared" after 20-30mins...
No leaking seen anywhere though...
Is it normal for the coolant to "disappear", evaporate, etc???

I'm really clueless...

And I am super confuse right now!
read this (all the pages) and go to your dealer

http://www.ducati.ms/forums/44-multistrada/124501-white-smoke-exhaust-when-cold.html

probably one head is gone...

month, year and km of your bike?
 

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is it blowing smoke and or backfiring too? Check for wetness around the heads, barrels, and exhaust manifolds. ..
 

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I had exactly this problem about 14 months ago and it was the thermostat. Dealer replaced the thermostat and housing and all good since then.

The other option is the collapsed radiator syndrome or head gasket/porous head.

What year is your bike? I assume it is a 1200??
 

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2010... Done 9100+km on it...

Only abt a year and a bit old...
Didnt get the chance to check the radiators...
Ive sent the bike to the dealer but will prob have to wait a couple of days before they get back to me...

There was white smoke coming out of the exhaust when i started the bike...
 

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2010... Done 9100+km on it...

Only abt a year and a bit old...
Didnt get the chance to check the radiators...
Ive sent the bike to the dealer but will prob have to wait a couple of days before they get back to me...

There was white smoke coming out of the exhaust when i started the bike...
My bet is it's the good ol' porous head. Sounds like the same behaviour mine exhibited on the day it died. :(
 

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a collapsed radiator core doesnt necessarily explain the loss of coolant so quickly especially if there is no sign of leaking .... so guessing you have a blown head gasket or porus head that a few have experienced ( the coolant is exiting via the pipes )
 

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So... got my bike back...

Mechanical seal for the water pump broke...
So the coolant went straight into the engine...

Dealer flushed out everything... Engine oil was "mixed" with coolant... which explains the loss of power when i rode the bike...

Took it for a spin... bike seems to be running normally now...

So all good i guess! (cross fingers)
 

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So... got my bike back...

Mechanical seal for the water pump broke...
So the coolant went straight into the engine...

Dealer flushed out everything... Engine oil was "mixed" with coolant... which explains the loss of power when i rode the bike...

Took it for a spin... bike seems to be running normally now...

So all good i guess! (cross fingers)
Glad to hear it was fixed quickly....Just a heads up, you might consider a couple oil changes immediately as cheap insurance. Water mixed with the engine oil is extremely hard on engine bearings specifically. Also, the emulsion gets stuck everywhere inside the engine and is impossible to flush out 100% without disassembly. If measured, the moisture content of your oil would be high now because of this. The only solution for this is to change the oil a few times in fairly short order. This dilutes the moisture content back to a reasonable level. You could call it overkill, but it is reasonably cheap insurance against the possibility of shortened service life. Only my 2 cents:)
 
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Coolant in oil

TiDuc’s suggestion in more than just a good idea. Ask the dealer if they are willing to change the oil at a very short interval, something around 150K or less. The coolant is very hard on paper filters so a filter at each oil change is a must. If it were my bike I would change the oil and filter 2-3 times at slightly increased kilometers and check the little view window for clouding. After the last change ride the bike on a longer ride to get the engine good and warm to dissipate any remaining moisture.

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Thanks for the tips guys!

Bike's close to 10000km mark... Next service will be the 12000km mark...
Mechanic did mention I have a choice of not changing oils for the servicing but I think I'll change it just to be safe...

I think the mechanic didnt mention anything abt regular oil change cause the bike's still under warranty... Hmmm... Well he did mention that if i want to thrash the bike, better do it now while it's still under warranty...

And I've been riding the bike more often than before... Just to keep it "warm"...
 
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