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Zzr110 bike 1996

I have oil in the water system is this a head gasket problem

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  • lcsc14221 Feb 13, 2009

    Hi I have a E7 model zzr600 and it has been fine but been in storage over winter with the odd start up to ensure battery life. Today I just noticed a bit of milky stuff in my viewing window and a little bit under the oil cap when I removed it. Have checked the head and it is okay. No levels are down, has been suggested that it has been condensation due to storage along with not getting a good run or warm enough, what are your thoughts? The bike starts and runs fine.

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    BIKE OVER HEATING AND USEING WATER

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Hopefully, :(
or it could be a cracked head or block. (if it's been overheated)

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