My motorcycle has been seeping from the water pump cover since I bought it 7 years ago. I kept pushing that repair down the road, as it’s not actually leaking enough to cause a concern in the middle of a ride.
I promised my kid a motorcycle ride for his birthday. And as it’s warming up, there is a leak, and it’s dripping enough to cancel the plans.
Take kiddo out for Gluten Free doughnuts in the car, stop by a noodle place that has GF options. Dude seems happy until 1/2 way through his stomach is hurting, he goes to try and poop, and does, but doesn’t really make him feel much better. Cancel more errands, and Decide to head home. As soon as we walk out he says he feels the need to puke, ok, here go in the bushes…. Uh, nah let’s at least walk away from the people eating outside, oh there’s a trash can, blaaaap, on the way to the trash.
Ok, ok. No big deal. It happens. He then tells me he forgot his lunch, ordered school meatball lunch Friday. And chowed down on the candy his aunt bought for him. So that probably had something to do with his ache.
Finally get home and decide to tackle this project I’ve been putting off. Space is tight, broke the bottom bolt right off, as it’s the one it’s been leaking down onto.
I managed to bugger up the cover too, right next to where the o-ring seal goes, but on the outside, so it should be ok, maybe. I’ll dab a bit of silicone in that area to get it to setup.
After attempting to weld a nut on the sliver sticking out, and most nuts just getting the hole welded up, and the one that got a bit of bolt penetration ended up being attached on one side, and sheered a little bit more off.
Next attempt will be to weld a bit of metal on the the bolt, then weld a nut to that and see if it’ll spin out.
If this doesn’t work, I’ll probably have to park it back in the garage, get it up on my makeshift motorcycle table, and remove the engine and drill it and attempt an ez-out, but I haven’t had much luck on small bolts like this 6mm.
I sprayed some liber ant on it to see if some of that may be able to penetrate, but I doubt it. It’s probably oxidized from the aluminum housing to the steel bolt.
I do have 2 parts bikes, so it’ll be on the road next year, I hope.