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Coolant leak(water pump or head gasket?)2006 600rr

hows it going folks? well my bike has started leaking coolant and running hot lately. i am not 100% certain as to where the coolant is coming from. ive had a couple people tell me it could be the head gasket and some say the water pump. whats the easiest way to troubleshoot my issue so i can eliminate possible sources of this leak? how long do the water pumps usually last on these bikes?(2006 600rr) ive tried searching threads and couldnt find anything that could possibly help me so any help at this point would be great. also ive got a buddy who owns a 2006 zx6r who just recently replaced his water pump and im thinking that could be my issue. thank you for the help
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Uhh. Without looking at your bike we can't tell you where it's coming from. I'm assuming you can see it pooling on the ground - then just take the plastics off and let the thing run and keep looking until you see where it's coming from. External leaks are easy to spot so take your time and comb through the engine and the cooling systems.

As a sanity check, have a look at both your oil and coolant. If either or both look abnormal then one might be mixing with the other. Does the bike billow smoke out the pipe? If both of the fluids look fine and the bike isn't smoking, then chances are the head gasket is fine.
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the bike doesnt billow smoke out the pipe. only when in the morning when its cold(which ive been told is normal) as far as im aware of the fluids arent mixing. my last oil change the old oil looked like every other time ive done a change.

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Uhh. Without looking at your bike we can't tell you where it's coming from. I'm assuming you can see it pooling on the ground - then just take the plastics off and let the thing run and keep looking until you see where it's coming from. External leaks are easy to spot so take your time and comb through the engine and the cooling systems.

As a sanity check, have a look at both your oil and coolant. If either or both look abnormal then one might be mixing with the other. Does the bike billow smoke out the pipe? If both of the fluids look fine and the bike isn't smoking, then chances are the head gasket is fine.
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You may want to invest in a new thermostat&o-ring, and radiator cleaner. My bike was running hot as well when I first bought it and it turns out the radiator had a handful of huge (talkin grape-sized) mineral deposits (someone didn't use distilled water) that fell out of it when I removed it to re-spraypaint it. Turns out the coolant sensor was also bad, as it didn't test out correctly on the multimeter, along with the thermostat which didn't open up enough at the correct temp according to the service manual.

If you still see white smoke coming out the pipe at the end of a midlength ride after you park it and leave it running, then you may have a headgasket leak.

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