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Old Aug 18th 2018, 08:54 AM   #1
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New Member here in need of some desperate help 2008 848

Hey guys so heres the story. A couple years ago a buddy of mine had a great running 2008 ducati 848. He got deployed and left the bike at his step dads. His step dad left the bike outside in the rain! He called me in need of money so I bought the bike . The bike had water in the tank and engine. I got everything out possible but the bike will not fire up. It does have a Key fob not sure if that has anything to do with the problem. Could anyone point me in the direction I should be headed? Im a decent mechanic but Im leaning towards this being electrical or some sort of sensor problem . Im not too familiar with ducati bikes.
Any help would be appreciated and feel free to drill me with any questions to pin point the problem Ill try to respond asap. The bike only has 5000 miles on it
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Old Aug 18th 2018, 11:50 AM   #2
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If you have the key and the battery is good your instrument panel should pop up. If it's not turning over then the battery needs swapped. Once you have it turning over, tank cleaned out and fresh gas it should fire right up.


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Hey guys so heres the story. A couple years ago a buddy of mine had a great running 2008 ducati 848. He got deployed and left the bike at his step dads. His step dad left the bike outside in the rain! He called me in need of money so I bought the bike . The bike had water in the tank and engine. I got everything out possible but the bike will not fire up. It does have a Key fob not sure if that has anything to do with the problem. Could anyone point me in the direction I should be headed? Im a decent mechanic but Im leaning towards this being electrical or some sort of sensor problem . Im not too familiar with ducati bikes.
Any help would be appreciated and feel free to drill me with any questions to pin point the problem Ill try to respond asap. The bike only has 5000 miles on it
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Old Aug 18th 2018, 02:13 PM   #3
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If you have the key and the battery is good your instrument panel should pop up. If it's not turning over then the battery needs swapped. Once you have it turning over, tank cleaned out and fresh gas it should fire right up.
Its turning over. the batteries in the fob and bike are new.
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Old Aug 18th 2018, 02:43 PM   #4
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Sounds good so I would be focused on it getting gas now.


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Its turning over. the batteries in the fob and bike are new.
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Old Aug 18th 2018, 03:02 PM   #5
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I just canít work out how water would find itís way into the tank and engine from rain . How much wTer are we talking about ?
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Old Aug 18th 2018, 05:33 PM   #6
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I just canít work out how water would find itís way into the tank and engine from rain . How much wTer are we talking about ?
sat through the whole winter last year. There was quite a bit in the tank . I didnt know there was water in the tank so I was turning it over so possibly the water got pushed into the cylinders then past the rings ? or maybe through the exhaust? I honestly have no idea how it got in the engine. It turns over fine and has good compression so Im guessing its either not getting spark or gas.
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Old Aug 18th 2018, 11:24 PM   #7
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How long was it stood for? You sure it was water and not the gas separating out? Either way, prime the entire system with new gas then try.
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Old Aug 18th 2018, 11:37 PM   #8
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How long was it stood for? You sure it was water and not the gas separating out? Either way, prime the entire system with new gas then try.
This is what I was thinking . Those tanks are sealed really tight and just canít imagine water getting in due to rain
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Old Aug 19th 2018, 12:09 AM   #9
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Strip it down. Clean out tank and change fuel filter. Dump the oil. Change the plugs.
Charge the battery. Check the state of the air filter (nothing nesting in there since it has been living outside)
Start with all the basics covered and go from there.
If still no joy firing up then look to stuff like injectors gummed up or poor fuel press due
to corroded fuel pump.
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Old Aug 19th 2018, 12:32 AM   #10
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What he said....... that's basically it
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