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Took the fairings off my new (to me) 2018 959 with 1200 mile to give it a good clean, and noticed a weird orange liquid dripping down the left hand side of the engine casing from the top of the crank case

After inspection it has the feel of engine oil, but ive never seen orange engine oil before
There had been a fair amount built-up in a pool ontop of the crank case

After having a peruse through the forum, and google- it seems it may be the infamous coolant leak- what do we think?



I’ve also noticed that the coolant reservoir was bone dry- but not sure if this is an overflow and therefore should be empty until expansion (bike not run for a day)

If this is coolant, whats the fix? I assume I can get this done under warranty

the previous owner barely touched the bike, seemed to have had it sitting for years and used it every now and then- and the pool of fluid had a fair amount of dirt and grit in it which makes me thing its been leaking for awhile now as ive only put about 300 mile on in lovely weather in the past week. Ive cleaned it off and will keep an eye-on

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Hi folks

Took the fairings off my new (to me) 2018 959 with 1200 mile to give it a good clean, and noticed a weird orange liquid dripping down the left hand side of the engine casing from the top of the crank case

After inspection it has the feel of engine oil, but ive never seen orange engine oil before
There had been a fair amount built-up in a pool ontop of the crank case

After having a peruse through the forum, and google- it seems it may be the infamous coolant leak- what do we think?



I’ve also noticed that the coolant reservoir was bone dry- but not sure if this is an overflow and therefore should be empty until expansion (bike not run for a day)

If this is coolant, whats the fix? I assume I can get this done under warranty

the previous owner barely touched the bike, seemed to have had it sitting for years and used it every now and then- and the pool of fluid had a fair amount of dirt and grit in it which makes me thing its been leaking for awhile now as ive only put about 300 mile on in lovely weather in the past week. Ive cleaned it off and will keep an eye-on

Cheers
So I was in the same situation as you. I too bought a 2017 959 from a collector last year. He only had 64kms on it. This winter I had coolant leaking. Turns out one of the hoses and clamp needed to be replaced. My clutch fuild was also leaking so purchased a new cylinder slave. Now it runs perfect. So look into the hoses for the coolant leaks. As far as the orange fuild, I too don't have any idea. Give Ducati a shout and send them some pics via email. I'm sure they will be able to give you some further info on it
 

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So I was in the same situation as you. I too bought a 2017 959 from a collector last year. He only had 64kms on it. This winter I had coolant leaking. Turns out one of the hoses and clamp needed to be replaced. My clutch fuild was also leaking so purchased a new cylinder slave. Now it runs perfect. So look into the hoses for the coolant leaks. As far as the orange fuild, I too don't have any idea. Give Ducati a shout and send them some pics via email. I'm sure they will be able to give you some further info on it
Cheers matey :) I was looking at replacing the hoses at some point for AS3/Similar brand as ive used them before and theyre fantastic.
Pleased to know you’ve had no issues since

I’ve had a word with a few different Ducati dealerships here in the UK and they’ve been nothing but useless, and keep referring me to get it looked at by the dealer I bought it from (non-ducati)

ill be doing a coolant flush soon once ive got the new hoses, and will be doing it myself as I dont trust dealerships these days to do a decent job.
Cheers again
 

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Cheers matey :) I was looking at replacing the hoses at some point for AS3/Similar brand as ive used them before and theyre fantastic.
Pleased to know you’ve had no issues since

I’ve had a word with a few different Ducati dealerships here in the UK and they’ve been nothing but useless, and keep referring me to get it looked at by the dealer I bought it from (non-ducati)

ill be doing a coolant flush soon once ive got the new hoses, and will be doing it myself as I dont trust dealerships these days to do a decent job.
Cheers again
You're right. Some dealerships have no clue & won't help unless u bought the bike from them. I'm sorry that you're going through a rough experience. I hope you get it sorted out bud
 

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Cheers matey :) I was looking at replacing the hoses at some point for AS3/Similar brand as ive used them before and theyre fantastic.
Pleased to know you’ve had no issues since

I’ve had a word with a few different Ducati dealerships here in the UK and they’ve been nothing but useless, and keep referring me to get it looked at by the dealer I bought it from (non-ducati)

ill be doing a coolant flush soon once ive got the new hoses, and will be doing it myself as I dont trust dealerships these days to do a decent job.
Cheers again
It sounds to me a mix of coolant and another fluid. Take it to a shop unless you have a vacuum tool as the radiator has to be flushed, rinsed with distilled water. Then vacuumed out and replaced with new fluid. It can damage things if not done properly. This could have been the cause. I highly recommend Engine Ice. The orange could be a rusty radiator as well. I also recommend replacing all hoses and reservoirs for brake and clutch possibly the slave cylinder as well. I think that some of Ducati dealers don’t want to do the work because you didn’t buy it there. That can be the case.
let us know how it goes
 

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That's (coolant) exactly what it is.
 
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