where does that whiff of antifreeze come from?

6 replies to this topic
  • Zapp22

Posted October 21, 2005 - 06:59 AM


01 BRP... where does the smell of antifreeze come from? I"m not losing much... takes a long time to hit a point where I need to add... no obvious drip, but I always smell it.

This is the ONLY thing the BRP has in common with my little DRZ400E....[well, and they both have two laced wheels]


  • JackAttack

Posted October 21, 2005 - 07:36 AM


If your bike is not uncorked, it is going to run hot.

It takes very little coolant overflow to make a big stink. It probably goes into your overflow tank, whiff, and then gets sucked back into the rads when the bike cools.


  • Zapp22

Posted October 21, 2005 - 06:06 PM


nope, I'm talking about cold start, first fireup on an UNcorked bike

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  • cholwerk

Posted October 21, 2005 - 09:09 PM


Leaking Head Gasket.

  • J_Daniels

Posted October 21, 2005 - 09:36 PM


There is a dye you can buy from the auto parts store, leaks show up under a black light. It would certainly be worth a try if you can't find the cause by wetness or residue build up.

  • Old_Man_Time

Posted October 22, 2005 - 05:50 AM


I suppose you have dealt with the obvious. Tightened all your hose clamps made sure the thermostat housing isn't leaking and installed a 1.6 or 1.8 radiator cap. Kawasaki makes the 1.6 radiator caps for the KX500 as an option and they fit the XR650R perfectly. Don't even keep that worthless 1.1 stock cap.

  • babbs

Posted October 22, 2005 - 08:47 AM


Head gasket

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