It has been two days since this 2010 was ridden and I have owned her for only two months. After two days of steady rain and strong wind, I tried to start the engine today, she was hydro-locked. I checked the oil before attempting to turn her over and it was to the full mark...did not notice any water on the dipstick, but would I really? Water is clear after all. The rig has been sitting outside in the weather, but this was unexpected! It took me a bit to figure out what the heck was going on as I did not imagine this could even be an issue with such a new machine. The engine was water locked.
Here is how it went for me. Check oil, level fine, she has not used oil to this point (just under 10k since new). Check for fluid leaks, low tires, etc...no visible troubles. Electric start turns then just clicks, dead battery? Try kick start and engine is locked...am I in gear? No, engine is locked. Sure you're not in gear? No, not in gear. $#!+. The engine is locked. Curses ensue. Get out factory tool bag to discover what I already know. I have no spark plug wrench. Was not in kit from previous owner. $#!+. Time went by, perhaps magic happened to cure the problem...yea right. Nope, no magic! $#!+, the Problem has not resolved itself.
Finally got outfitted to remove spark plugs and found left one wet, right dry. WTH? Since I recently read about a vacuum fuel valve failure, the fuel valve was my first suspicion but it would have affected both carbs. Fuel must have leaked into the cylinder, filling it and causing a hydraulic lock on compression stroke. So after removing both spark plugs I turned the engine over with the kick starter. Liquid shot out of the left cylinder and all over the window of the truck parked beside the bike (happened to be my work truck). Thing is that liquid was not gasoline, it was water! Probably rain water is my guess but where did that come from? The engine seems to run fine once cleared and warmed up but pops when cool as it always has. Is this popping telling me that I have an induction leak (where the water came in) which needs attention? Has anyone seen this before? I checked for carb and flange tightness and removed nor tightened nothing. Are the carb to cylinder flanges failure prone?
Where else does water come from in this manner?
Found half a float bowl of water upon draining that left carb. I do not think the water entered that carb through the fuel line.
Anyone have an idea what the issue could be? I am all ears!
2010 Gear Up--Roksana