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Old Dec 16th 2017, 01:29 PM   #1
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Just curious

Not wanting to inflame the senior members who have bashed me for tyrying to get to the bottom of the water leak issues.
Recently i tabled a document wherein the factory added a page to new models in the owners manual saying a small water leak is normal.
My dealer locally has agreed to replace my water pump but with no guarantee that it will cure the leak?
How many of you 1299 riders are having this small leak they admit is normal ?

Reason I ask I'm concerned that with the dealer striping back my bike to fit a new water pump am I not asking for more trouble? E.g.: oil leaks or other trouble going fwd?

What should I do leave it and embrace it or get it done? my warranty expired yesterday and I negotiated that they will do the repair early in February when I return back to SA

Now I'm wondering if I should let it be and just top up the expansion tank periodically

Serious non sarcastic advise would be most welcome
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Old Dec 16th 2017, 01:32 PM   #2
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Just under 3k miles and fairly hard ridden. Never any leak. Iím meticulous with my post ride care so I definitely would have noticed.
If itís minimal and not requiring frequent coolant top ups Iíd leave it.
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Old Dec 16th 2017, 02:22 PM   #3
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Should not have an oil leak, coolant could happen on hot days or hard use. Mine has light spatter on trackdays, nothing on traffic use. Depends what type of seals are used really
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Old Dec 16th 2017, 02:31 PM   #4
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Honestly mate, had a 899, 959, 1199, 1299 and now a 16 R. I did have oil leak with the 1199 oil covers covered under warranty. I don't think any type of water leak from a bike should be tolerated. Not safe. There shouldn't be any "safe" amount on a motorcycle. Some do leak unfortunately and I believe the dealer should cover it completely.
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Old Dec 16th 2017, 02:53 PM   #5
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There is not denying that some leak coolant, and from various places. Both my Panigales suffered from a sort of coolant leak. My R got bad enough for me to do something about it as it showed up around the hoses, and occasionally from the weep hole. Funny thing is that the harder I ride, the less it leaked. At the end of the day, its your bike, and up to you to request fix if you don't think it is right. As they have clarified the weephole leak, I think that they should be willing to fix any leak beyond just a little seep from the weephole, during the warranty period, which is a scant 2 years from in service date. My extended warranty covers my water pump and radiator until mid 2020. This affords a level of comfort not to worry about the cooling system.
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Old Dec 16th 2017, 05:12 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Captain Greg View Post
Not wanting to inflame the senior members who have bashed me for tyrying to get to the bottom of the water leak issues.

Recently i tabled a document wherein the factory added a page to new models in the owners manual saying a small water leak is normal.

My dealer locally has agreed to replace my water pump but with no guarantee that it will cure the leak?

How many of you 1299 riders are having this small leak they admit is normal ?



Reason I ask I'm concerned that with the dealer striping back my bike to fit a new water pump am I not asking for more trouble? E.g.: oil leaks or other trouble going fwd?



What should I do leave it and embrace it or get it done? my warranty expired yesterday and I negotiated that they will do the repair early in February when I return back to SA



Now I'm wondering if I should let it be and just top up the expansion tank periodically



Serious non sarcastic advise would be most welcome


Where does it come from, where does the water go and how much water are we talking?
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Old Dec 16th 2017, 05:38 PM   #7
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If your ducati ISNT leaking some sort of fluid you don’t own a ducati... take it to the shop so they can give it some “personality” and “character.”
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Old Dec 18th 2017, 04:17 AM   #8
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I would not be happy with the dealer saying I have to accept a certain level of coolant leaking.
the motor and coolant system should be fluid leak free, if not it would be really hard to eliminate this from a potential cause of failure or a root cause for a accident or incident.

and therefor the following litigation etc..

I don't think this would be acceptable on the premium auto market either.
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Old Dec 18th 2017, 12:11 PM   #9
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Got mine same day as you I think. Turned two on the 14th of December. 13 000km no leaks. The past couple of weeks have been bloody hot and I was stuck filtering long lanes of traffic, bike ran up to 104 degrees c often. No water leaks.
I personally would not be able to live with it, any drop on the engine casing or in the belly pan or on the floor will be unacceptable.
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Old Dec 18th 2017, 02:37 PM   #10
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Ciao Capitano Greg ti consiglio si riparare la perdita di acqua per non avere problemi
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