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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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So the other day in a careless moment on my yard, while the bike was barely moving, it dropped on its right side. Luckily no dents, dings or scratches although a little drip was noticed upon standing it up that I thought might be gas. I rinsed the side off to prevent a problem and put her in garage. Today there is an antifreeze smell when its running and a slight white whispy smoke that is intermittent from I think the right pipe but it doesn't increase with throttle. Fan works, seems to be an ok coolant level, and its not running hot although I've not taken a real ride. It might be running just a touch warmer than usual in that the needle sits in in the middle when usually it stays mostly in the lower quarter. Now this mess all started when I notice a rubbing from the front wheel..brakes..bearing..ugg.
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Oh yah and when running, parked, and I roll and then release the throttle there is a slight pop that I haven't noticed before.. related to the antifreeze smell?
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Not sure about the smell... or the pop. But dropping the bike can cause an air bubble in the coolant system that would cause it to run hotter. Take the coolant cap off and let it run up to temp to burp the system.

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Dropping a Vulcan 750 can also cause an air bubble in the oil pickup, and it can take some time to build oil pressure back up. That red light seems to stay on forever. I hate to think what might be happening during that time. The EX500 has the same issue, and some have seriously damaged their engines from dropping the bike. This seems to be a design issue with some Kawasaki's.

I would drain all the coolant out, and refill it. Fill it VERY slowly with the engine running. Also check the reservoir which is on the right side.

It's a good thing you didn't drop it on the left side, that usually breaks the shifting mechanism inside the engine.

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hehe this reminds me of earlier this evening, I told my budddy to get on my bike and balance it between his legs, guess he was not used to bikes cause he dropped it on the right side, I left it there and laughed at him a while. Then I picked it up myself and noticed a little fuel came out of the over flow. Started it up, good to go.

I would not drain the coolant system dry then refill it with the engine running, that is just a bad idea in my opinion, hot spots, lack of lubrication for the water pump / water veins.

I bet kawasaki does not fill their fluids with the engine running, why should we?

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There is an air release valve behind the thermostat under the fuel tank. Fill it till you see coolant coming out that valve shut the valve and fill till it comes out the cap. Close off the cap and check the over flow for propper level. Run the engine and check the level after wards.

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