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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-28-2010, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Water pump leak

Is there are known build quality problem with the water pump on the Versys. Just taken my 2010 model in for its 600 mile service and was told it needs the water pump replacing as it was leaking. When I looked under the right lower fairing sure enough, white stains all along the seal. On the way out of the show room I noticed a drop of coolant under a new unsold model!

Has anyone else had similar issues. The bike will be fixed under warranty, but I bought the Versys on Kawaski's reliabilty and build quality reputation. Not a promising start after only three weeks.
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First I've heard of it, but replacement sounds a bit extreme. Sounds more like a gasket leak than a water pump failure to me.

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hmm.. i've had mine for 2 years now and not a single drop has dropped.


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Looks like I got the Friday afternoon bike.
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Yea, you probably hit the lotto so to speak. But good thing you told us, something for others to look out for. And glad they're repairing it under warranty.

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I also noticed one on a 09 on the showroom floor there was a small puddle under the bike , I brought it up and the dealer said oh it is probably from not being used " ya I buy that" so I politely excused myself from his store. So this concludes that it was just not a one time deal ( I will keep an eye on my 10's)
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A few pre-2010 Versys also had a coolant leak at the water pump seal. Most like mine, never ever leaked...

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=3976

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=1318
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http://homepages.slingshot.co.nz/~shanetp/Faults.html

"Ninja 650R/ER6- Water Pump Coolant Leaks (Occurrence level – rare)

A number of owners have reported a coolant leak from the water pump area, located on the forward right hand side of the engine. Usually leaking coolant collects in the lower fairings and drips onto the ground. In some cases where the leak is small, dried coolant residue (white and green powder) is visible on the bottom of the water pump and surrounding area. Often owners report a sweet smell as the leaking coolant burns off. Usually with this problem the leak source appears to be from a small hole at the base of the pump.

As with the picture above the leak is coming out of the Water Pump witness hole. This is a relatively common fault and indicates that the impeller water seal is leaking inside the water pump. If you have a look at the Water Pump Parts Diagram you will see a seal behind the Water Pump Impeller (49063-1055 Seal – Mechanical, Water) this seal sits in the Housing (13227-0011 Housing), in this housing is a hole which sits in a cavity between the Coolant Seal and the Oil Seal. Should either coolant or oil leak past their respective seals into this cavity then it will drip from this hole and the appropriate seal needs to be replaced. The cavity exists so that should a seal leak occur the other systems fluid will not be contaminated. There are quite a few posts on the internet forums with similar faults. Repair should not be overly difficult if you have some mechanical skills. Briefly - drain coolant, remove pump housing and impeller, pop out seal from housing and fit a new one, reassemble and refill coolant, bleed coolant system."
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That seal is the same part number I just replaced for the first time on my 2003 KLR. I got 92,000 miles on that seal. Not bad in my opinion.

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I HAD MINE FROM 2007 NEWER SAW A DROP TO LEAK, PASSED 21000 Km. IT IS PROBABLY A GASKET.

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I noticed the same on my 09 while out riding, traced it down to the upper radiator clamp was loose and was leaking down unusally to make it look like it was leaking somewhere else. Tightened up, over 3000 more miles and no problems.


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The Kawasaki Ninja 500R also known as the GPZ500. Had the thermostat failure. Had to replace the Housing as it wa badly corroded.



The black hose is a LHM (limp home mode) repair work to get the bike home.
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My 2008 water pump leaks one drop, every time I park it. Motorcycle coolant should have no silicates, which can cause leaks. I was wondering if mine had the wrong coolant. I bought it with 800 miles on it, so I doubt it's been changed. But if you can change just the seal, then that sounds like the way to go.
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Yeah, my '08 drips a little bit from time to time. However, it only does so when I run the A/C on a hot/humid day
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I have a 2008 Versys with 122000 kms. There is an oil leak between the water pump and the motor. No coolant is leaking. Is there a gasket between the water pump and the motor? Does anyone know the part number? Looked in the manual but no luck. Will be replacing all the seals etc in the pump this weekend just in case.

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I have a 2008 Versys with 122000 kms. There is an oil leak between the water pump and the motor. No coolant is leaking. Is there a gasket between the water pump and the motor? Does anyone know the part number? Looked in the manual but no luck. Will be replacing all the seals etc in the pump this weekend just in case.
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Thank you! I see the big seal 92055.

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92055A is the water pump housing cover seal... What you need is oil seal # 92049-0115.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...tml#post222843

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Here's a thread I started when my '08 had an oil-leak there.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...k-my-08-a.html

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