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Old Sep 17th 2016, 11:48 AM   #1
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Oil in coolant reservoir?

Doing some work on the bike and happened to pop the coolant lid off and noticed this. Looks like a bit of oil? Bikes Around 4K miles or so. Did last oil change in march and oil looked clean. No milky color at all. Coolant hasn't been changed. Any ideas?
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Old Sep 17th 2016, 11:59 AM   #2
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Also it doesn't feel like oil or smell- but maybe it's cause it's so little? Has anyone seen rust right there? Seems to only be at the top? Possibly caused by the lid?
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Old Sep 17th 2016, 12:19 PM   #3
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Here's what I pulled out. Very liquid. Isn't thick by any means.


Dropped oil- oil is clean- no sign of water intrusion at all. Where's the smart people at? Haha
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Also curious about this. 1198 had a separate oil cooler and a radiator. 1199 looks like just a radiator on top and bottom... Whaaa?


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Yeah i'm pretty stumped. Oil was fine. Flushed the crap out of the radiators and reservoir. In the reservoir there was blue stuff coming out too? What color is the stock coolant? Someone had to of put water in this one. I did not and the guy before me only had it for 800 miles. So that makes 0 sense. Unless Ducati uses a very clear water like anti freeze lol
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I think the new bikes come with red coolant. That is most def contaminated. I think you can get oil in the water without cross contamination from probably a bunch of places. That really looks like oil. A guy in a town over had pretty much the same thing at least looks wise. It was a compromised o-ring gasket on the heat exchanger. Whatever it is, its not right.
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Thanks for the first place to look. I will pull the exchanger and try to see if I notice anything.
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Old bikes came with blue coolant the new coolant and replacement coolant is red.
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It's contaminated but if you want to see contaminants oil check out my blown head gasket thread.
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Old Sep 18th 2016, 04:20 AM   #10
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It's contaminated but if you want to see contaminants oil check out my blown head gasket thread.


Yeah. Nothing like that haha did you have water in your oil too? Or just full sludge in the radiator?
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