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Engine Overheating

Noticed a problem with engine overheating this weekend while waiting in line to clear the the US border. Lots of boiling and gurgling sounds when I shut the engine off to talk to the US border guard. As soon as I got underway within 30 seconds the overheat light went away. I drove through Michigan the whole weekend, no issues and the bike ran great.

Upon return to Canada, in line and same thing. Outside temp is approx 45F, pretty cold. Again, once underway the engine light went away.

Anyone experience a similar issue? When I got home I checked the fuse for the fan, seems ok. Thermostat issue perhaps?

Any ideas anyone?

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Did your cooling fan run? If not, see if it rotates freely by hand. If it's not stuck with a small stone or something, try applying power directly at the fan's plug-in.

Have you checked your coolant level in the expansion tank (reservoir)? Your radiator pressure cap is likely just dirty with dried coolant residue, and possibly some paint overspray in the engine block which flaked off in the cooling system. It is a common and simple problem... Drain your coolant once engine is cooled off. Drain and rinse out reservoir. Wash your pressure cap under running water. Rinse out cooling system with some distilled water. Reinstall drain plug and fill with distilled water. Idle engine for about 15 seconds. Drain it all again, then refill with new coolant mixed 50/50 with distilled water or with only premixed coolant.

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Not sure if this matters but how long were you in line? While they are water cooled they can not just idle forever without getting hot. I think the owners manual even mentions it but don't quote me on that.
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i had the same problem with mine and it was a dead cooling fan. if your on an 08 versys get a used fan from an 07 ninja, cheaper and slightly heaver duty .

but in the end if you in a long line, hit the button and shut your motor off, youll shave gas, wear and tear on the motor, and help the environment (vomits)
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It will overheat while idling for a while if the fan doesn't work.
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invaders advice is good drain coolant, check level and fan, because it should not over heat at those temps in a line or not
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Thanks for the replies. I'm pretty sure its the fan. The reservoir had plenty.

I took raider invader's advice and reached my hand in to manually turn the fan. It seemed to be catching on something, stone, grit whatever. I applied light pressure and whatever was holding it broke free. The fan spins freely now.

I'm going to test more when I get home from work today.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm pretty sure its the fan. The reservoir had plenty.

I took raider invader's advice and reached my hand in to manually turn the fan. It seemed to be catching on something, stone, grit whatever. I applied light pressure and whatever was holding it broke free. The fan spins freely now.

I'm going to test more when I get home from work today.
ya mine was that way when i got it and i had to replace it. ebay $35 used.
make sure to test yours first tho, it might be fine that you broke it free, mine wasn't
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ya mine was that way when i got it and i had to replace it. ebay $35 used.
make sure to test yours first tho, it might be fine that you broke it free, mine wasn't
I would think that your fan would get "cooked" if it wasn't turning when required.

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Thanks again to all who replied. I took invaders advice and reached up inside to manually turn the fan. It turned slightly but I could feel it jamming against a stone or piece of grit. I applied just slight pressure and it released whatever was jamming it.

I just took it for a ride and let it idle for 5 minutes in the driveway. The fan was turning away, no engine light this time. woohoo!!
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Thanks again to all who replied. I took invaders advice and reached up inside to manually turn the fan. It turned slightly but I could feel it jamming against a stone or piece of grit. I applied just slight pressure and it released whatever was jamming it.

I just took it for a ride and let it idle for 5 minutes in the driveway. The fan was turning away, no engine light this time. woohoo!!
good to hear its better now and didnt fry
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