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post #1 of 13 Old 06-11-2016, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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water in oil???

Help! Bought an 06 with 14K miles recently, changed oil after riding 100 miles it looked normal, drove bike for another 100 miles and then noticed oil level was higher than normal, dropped oil and it has water in oil........... What am i dealing with??? I flushed radiator last week and saw NO oil in reservoir or radiator, bikes runs strong no smoke or popping...
Thanks in advance Lost is Biloxi..... Mike S
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1st... stop driving it!!!

I am not real familiar with the internals of the KLR engine but to me it sounds like a cylinder problem. (Leaking between cylinder and sleeve)
Bike may have had some type of "stop leak" in it that got flushed out. (JMO)
Coolant system pressure is much higher then crankcase so you would not get oil in radiator.

Someone here will have much better advice than I can offer.

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Thanks Bill, Head Gasket if I'm lucky, Right? Or do I need to contact Eagle Mike For rebuild?
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A number of threads pop up in a search with this topic. Maybe some additional help in one or more of them...

https://www.google.com/#q=water+in+k...w.klrforum.com

https://www.google.com/#q=water+in+k...www.klr650.net
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Is there anything, coolant or oil, dripping from the water pump weep hole? Check the weep hole to make sure it's not filled with crude.

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For a while after an oil chance you may see some foaming of the oil in the sight glass after shut down. This is not unusual. My guess is it is due to the fresh new additives in the new oil reacting vigorously. This could appear to be water and makes the oil level look a little higher than it is.

If you are lucky, this is what you are seeing. So, good luck.
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That's a good point.AreI you sure it's actually coolant in the oil?? Is the coolant level going down? When you dropped the oil did you taste it? I don't mean take a gulp either. A drop of oil on the finger and onto the tongue will tell you pretty quick if it's glycol.
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I rode bike on Interstate for 30 miles today, had coolant seeping from either weep hole or reservoir after i stopped and the radiator required 12 ounces to top it off as I had filled both to correct levels, will drop oil in a.m. to inspect for water. thanks for everyones opinion and please provide additional info as you see fit, Thanks again Mike S
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Neither a leak from the weep hole nor the reservoir should get into the oil.
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I rode bike on Interstate for 30 miles today, had coolant seeping from either weep hole or reservoir after i stopped and the radiator required 12 ounces to top it off as I had filled both to correct levels, will drop oil in a.m. to inspect for water. thanks for everyones opinion and please provide additional info as you see fit, Thanks again Mike S
Mike,
I suspect what you first saw in the sight level glass was 'aerated' engine oil.

Coolant or water in the engine oil and well ridden will make the engine oil look like coffee with lots of cream in it, well stirred.
Or maybe a chocolate milk shake.
The water/coolant gets "homogenized" into the oil, turning it white.

You may have a loose coolant hose clamp. It is not totally unheard of, for the mechanical water seal to occasionally make a drip and then get blamed for "other faults".

The water pump shaft has an oil seal and a water seal, the weep hole is between them. Keeps the water away from the oil and oil away from the water by letting either to escape out the weep hole.

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