antifreeze smell

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by schwato, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. schwato

    schwato n00b

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    Just brought home 07 Ktm 990 adventure 21,000 miles first ride and it has a strong smell of antifreeze.
    checked antifreeze level it was good, bike ran fine ?
    Before I tear into it any ideas?
    thanks
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  2. Sadlsor

    Sadlsor Been here awhile

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    I smelled the same thing after I drained and flushed my coolant. Seemed to recur for a longer timeframe than was normal; even after repeated heat / cool cycles, and a couple of weeks.
    Like you, I continually checked the coolant level, which looked fine, and it finally settled itself.
    It bugged me that I never uncovered an explanation, and didn't seem to be losing coolant. Doesn't happen any more.
    I live in a mysterious universe...
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  3. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Ride it more to get a better picture of what the level is doing, probably just a small leak somewhere. Gotta be if you can smell it unless PO did some work and didn't clean up.
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