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Radiator problem or something else on 426F???

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I have an 2001 YZ426F and I fill up my radiator with 50-50 coolant/distilled water before I start my bike. I then start it and let it warm up for about 10 minutes. At about the ten minute mark I get dripping and steam/smoke coming from a little white tude under the skid plate. After it runs and idols for another 10-15 minutes almost all my coolant is gone. Why is this happening and what do I need to do in order to fix it??? Thanks guys

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Your bike will overheat rather quickly and spew coolant from overflow tube when sitting at idle. Fill it and ride it and see if it still does it. If your radiator is completely full to the top it will spew a little coolant once warm then stop when fluid level drops in radiator since there is no overflow resovoir

Or if you want to let it idle you can set up a fan blowing across radiator

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You cannot expect your engine to idle for more than two minutes, tops, without boiling over. While idling, there is no air flowing over the radiators, so they cannot perform their cooling function. Take the fan off your car and let it idle for 10 minutes, see what happens.

The behavior you describe sounds normal.

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....I then start it and let it warm up for about 10 minutes....

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You cannot expect your engine to idle for more than two minutes, tops, without boiling over....The behavior you describe sounds normal.

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OK, my only worry was that I would go on a long ride and my bike would leak out all the fluid from my overflow white-ish hose. Thanks guys.

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OK, my only worry was that I would go on a long ride and my bike would leak out all the fluid....

Only if you ride it for more than ten minutes at idle while sitting still!naughty.gif

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OK, my only worry was that I would go on a long ride and my bike would leak out all the fluid from my overflow white-ish hose. Thanks guys.

Make sure your not still losing coolant while riding as well. You may have a blown head gasket. 10 minutes it definitly too long to let it sit and idle though.

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