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  • Offline ajy1w   us

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    Engine issue?
    on: May 29, 2019, 03:27:35 am
    May 29, 2019, 03:27:35 am
    On Sunday I rode through some mud.  When I got home I washed off the bike and using hose only washed the bike down and sprayed water liberally over engine and under engine to clean the mud.  It was a very little mud.   
    Today went to start the bike and it was having difficulty.  First it seamed the charge was weak.  After several attempts it finally started.  The idle was having difficulty staying above 1.  and would not do the normal warm up of revving up and down from 1.7  to 2.3 then settling in 1.5 or about.  Engine temp was starting 107F then quickly to 150-170 once driving. 
    The engine did not seam right.  every now and then revs just falling off and a spit and grunt from the engine.    Tried to ride it out and no change a lot of lag when accelerating.  Harsh delays when accelerating, give it gas, nothing then finding it self and going.  The engine would stop and struggle at times to rev.   Got home thought maybe the battery was not holding charge.  Plugged into the trickle charger, and in a few minutes the start was stronger and close to normal, let it run a little at first seemed better but then back to revving very low around 1 and less. 
    Will call Ducati service in the morning.  Hopping its nothing serious.    :019: worried.
    Any one experience something like this. 


     
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    Re: Engine issue?
    Reply #1 on: May 29, 2019, 11:09:32 am
    May 29, 2019, 11:09:32 am
    Sounds unlikely to be serious, and it's strange that it happened after a hose down.  Sounds like water may have got into an area where it wasn't welcome, or as you say, you have a defective battery!  We are all the same - expecting the worst, but it's rarely is as bad as we think......he says hopefully!  :155:

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    Re: Engine issue?
    Reply #2 on: May 29, 2019, 03:29:53 pm
    May 29, 2019, 03:29:53 pm
    Started the bike this morning, started ok, but idle is jumping around after warm up.  Took for a ride problem continues, acceleration lag, low idle at stop, 1 or below.  Engine Harsh chocking at times. Called Ducati service, they do not think it is a water related, or the battery and or charging system.  They are not sure, so they will pick up the bike on Friday.  No charge to pick it up, still under warranty.    I have not heard of any major reports of engine or acceleration problems reported. 
    I was thinking Ducati had come a long way in the reliability factor.   I remain positive. 
    Guess I will have to ride my HD this weekend.   :006 Its needs the exercise. 
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    Re: Engine issue?
    Reply #3 on: May 30, 2019, 06:01:44 am
    May 30, 2019, 06:01:44 am
    The seat does a very poor job of keeping out water from the electrical components under the main seat.  Perhaps they got wet.  I keep a hand towel under my pillion after noticing the tool bag was wet after the first wash.  I think the venting was designed to release heat, but water easily gets in there.  Hopefully it just needs a good drying.

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    Re: Engine issue?
    Reply #4 on: May 30, 2019, 07:19:35 am
    May 30, 2019, 07:19:35 am
    motorman, this was fixed on 950S or at least I think so.  I have some rubber that isolate pretty good the inside, when I wash it with pressure no drop of water gets inside.
    I don't know if it's the same on 950.


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    Re: Engine issue?
    Reply #5 on: May 30, 2019, 05:00:57 pm
    May 30, 2019, 05:00:57 pm
    This is good to know!  Thanks for the photos!  Now I know I can use a weather strip of rubber or foam to seal it. 

    What about the front portion of the pillion where it meets the primary seat?  I see two indentations which are visible.  Is there weather stripping on the pillion?

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    Re: Engine issue?
    Reply #6 on: May 30, 2019, 11:40:48 pm
    May 30, 2019, 11:40:48 pm
    *Originally Posted by Julian [+]
    motorman, this was fixed on 950S or at least I think so.  I have some rubber that isolate pretty good the inside, when I wash it with pressure no drop of water gets inside.
    I don't know if it's the same on 950.


    The standard 950, at least my 2018 has this rubber, but itís usless. As you can see where the rear seat sits on the front one there is nothing keeping water from going in there.

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    Re: Engine issue?
    Reply #7 on: May 31, 2019, 07:57:30 am
    May 31, 2019, 07:57:30 am
    Hmm, there was no water at me inside, not even there, nor when I poured water there with pressure. At my next pressure wash I will try to see if I can get water inside from where the rear sits on the front.

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    Re: Engine issue?
    Reply #8 on: June 05, 2019, 02:11:55 am
    June 05, 2019, 02:11:55 am
    My Ducati service called me on Saturday and said the problem was lose spark cable.  They explained it was not seated correctly..   So no major problem  :046:
    No charge for the pick up or the service.  Interesting when looking at the engine it appears that the cables are hidden.  not the case, behind the front wheel.  So I was tricked into thinking it was something to do with the electronics or ride by wire.   A simple cable check >  :087:
    Very happy nothing serious and a little embarrassed I did not figure it out myself. 
     
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    Re: Engine issue?
    Reply #9 on: June 05, 2019, 03:22:16 am
    June 05, 2019, 03:22:16 am
    Fantastic news!!  Great to hear and now something for us to remember if we suspect the engine is 'shorting out'. 

    Thanks for the update!!