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I am getting oil in the surge tank, what causes this?

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There is a crossover leak btween the cooling system and an oil passage.

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Oil in surge tank

Hi, Anonymous not in my world but apparently it does happen in Yamaha's for this situation I would call my local dealer or reputable shop's service/parts department and inquire about any possible quick fix, answers, or parts inquiry. If necessary, transport your bike to the dealer or shop and have a professional technician take it for a test drive, if it is in running condition, and give you a written estimate of repairs and answer any specific questions you may have about your problem. For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need please click on the links below. Good luck and have nice a day.
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2000 Yamaha Star 1100 Classic

Apr 07, 2014 | Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic Motorcycles

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What is the surge tank and what does it do? Is it normal to have oil in it?

Hi, Anonymous when the engine warms up to operating temperature, the coolant expands. It has to go somewhere, and that somewhere is the overflow tube located at the radiator cap. A surge tank is just an overflow collection tank that captures coolant. There's a small tube from the overflow point that runs to the tank to collect the coolant. When the engine cools down, it draws coolant from the tank back into the radiator. It helps to keep the coolant level full, air out of the system and reduces (not eliminates) corrosion. Is it normal not in my house oil and water to this day do not mix. For more information about your question and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need please click on the links below. Good luck and have a nice day.
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Apr 07, 2014 | Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic Motorcycles

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Now it want stop saying low coolant, I mean it will stop but come. Back on I check to see if its low and its not

the level sensor is located in the surge tank and is usually the reason for this message-it gets gummed up over the years and does not have the proper resistance readings, causing the display center to give that message. You can try removing the surge tank and clean it out (sensor is molded into the tank and has to be replaced as a unit). You can bypass it by cutting the connector at the sensor, and wiring in a 1800 ohm resistor, but then you will not actually know if your tank is low without visual observation. I have gotten used surge tanks in area junkyards to fix this problem, much cheaper than the factory OEM units (over $150). According to the field service manual, if the sensor is not the cause, the display center itself is defective, and is very expensive to replace-so try cleaning out the tank first, then look for a used tank-if that fails, the resistor is only 20 cents at a local Radio Shack.

Sep 03, 2011 | 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora

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I am experiencing an oil surge from the carborator area when I attempt to start the bike.

When these motors sit, oil from the oil tank will drain into the motor.
The motor has a crankcase breather hose that goes to the carb.
When you first fire it off your gonna get oil blow-by from that hose until all the oil is pumped back to the tank.
Its normal, But you need to ride it more often, or at least fire it up more often.
if you have a continuous oil surge that doesn't quit, then you've added too much oil.

i've saw a carb float stick and in one night the whole gas tank drained into the motor. it splashed all kinds of gasy oil into the airbox when i started it. just drain it and put in a new oil filter.

Nov 28, 2010 | 1999 Titan Gecko SX

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Radiator is leaking, on the drivers side of car. 2002 Chevy Avalanche, 4 wheel drive trcuk. One owner, 106000 miles on it.

Removal & Installation To Remove:
To avoid being burned, do not remove the radiator cap or surge tank cap while the engine is on or is still hot. The cooling system will release scalding fluid and steam under pressure if radiator cap or surge tank cap is removed while the engine and radiator are still hot.
If the vehicle's coolant is low, drained out, or has repeatedly needed coolant or water added to the system, then the system should be completely flushed.
  1. Before servicing the vehicle refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  2. Drain the cooling system.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Inlet hose from the radiator
    • Radiator outlet hose from the radiator
    • Lower fan shroud
    • Surge tank hose
    • Vent inlet hose from the radiator
    • Surge tank hose
    • Engine oil cooler lines from the radiator
    • Transmission oil cooler lines from the radiator Remove the radiator chevy_sub25_02-04_rad_rem.gif

    • Radiator bolts
    • Radiator from the vehicle
To Install:
  1. Install or connect the following:
    • Radiator to the vehicle
    • Radiator bolts and tighten the bolts, Torque to: 18 ft-lbs (25 Nm)
    • Engine oil cooler lines to the radiator
    • Transmission oil cooler lines to the radiator
    • Radiator vent inlet hose to the radiator
    • Lower fan shroud
    • Outlet hose to the radiator
    • Inlet hose to the radiator
  2. Fill the cooling system.
  3. Test drive the vehicle to confirm the repairs.
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Jul 21, 2010 | 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Was adding coolant to engine grabbed wrong can added motor oil by mistake what to do???? less than a quart of engine oil went into surge tank engine was not running

Not to worry. Drain the oil out of the surge tank. If there is a hose attached to the bottom of the tank just let it drain inot a jug from there. Otherwise you'll have to take the tank off and drain it that way unless you have a shop vaccuum. Oil floats on water, suction it out with the shop vac. When you drain it let it drain for 1/2 hour or so and then hook it back up and fill with coolant. Oil in the coolant is not nearly as big a problem as the other way around. Hope this helps.

Mar 22, 2010 | 1995 Mercury Cougar

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Is not heating properly , the flame is not as strong as it used to be.

This is a common problem with grills purchased after 2001. There is a new safety feature inside the regulator called a 'surge protector'. If you open your propane bottle valve too quickly or if you try attaching a tank with the tank valve in the 'open' position, the propane wants to 'surge' into the grill.

When the propane surges into the regulator (located on the grill hose) the 'surge protector' (inside the regulator) kicks on. When this happens you will not be able to get your grill lit, and if you do, it will be a small blue flame and the grill will not heat up.

So what to do if you trip the surge protector and can't get your grill to light or heat up?

Shut the tank off and shut the valves on the grill off. Disconnect the tank from the grill hose. When you disconnect the tank from the hose you will hear the excess pressure of propane release. This is an indication that you have re-set the regulator's surge protector.

Now that you have deactivated or reset the surge protector, reconnect the tank. Make sure the valve on the tank and the valves on the grill are in the closed and in the off position. After you reconnect the tank to the hose, SLOWLY open the tank valve (making sure the valves on the grill are in the OFF position).

Since you have slowly opened the valve on the tank, the propane did not surge into the regulator and the surge protector did not activate.

Now open 1 valve on the grill and light it. You should get a nice flame. If your grill has more than one valve, open each following valve in sequential order to extend the flames to the other burners.

Thanks for reading and I hope this helps.

Ben Gaetani

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When heater is on, only cold air blows out. Even with the thermastat set to red.

Usually, if your not getting heat it's because the cooling system for the engine is low on coolant. It could be the heater control cable too, sometimes they break or come unhooked. Does it feel like the lever is doing something you should be able to hear the little doors open and close inside the heater as you move the levers back and forth. Pay close attention when moving the temp lever, listen for movement inside the heater. Also, some systems are vacuum operated and you could have a broken vacuum line. The vacuum systems will usually go into the defrost mode if the vacuum line breaks or comes unhooked. Make sure your cooling system is full, keep in mind if you are adding coolant to the surge tank (the semi-clear plastic one) it won't draw that coolant into the radiator until the engine is in the cool down mode. The best way to check the system is when it's cold, if there is no coolant in the surge tank, remove the radiator cap and fill the radiator first. Then replace the cap and fill the surge tank to the "cold full line" then run the engine until it's fully warmed up. At this point the coolant in the surge tank should be up to "hot full line" if not add some more to the surge tank. Now let the vehicle sit until fully cooled off (overnight) and check it again, repeat if necessary. If your losing coolant at a rapid rate you better figure out where it's going, It can get into the oil, if you have an internal leak. Check the oil, is it way over full? Pay close attention to what type antifreeze you have, different manufacturers use different coolants, do not mix, green with pink or pink with yellow. Stick to what ever color you have they are not compatable with one another.

Dec 08, 2009 | Chevrolet S 10 Cars & Trucks

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I have a proforce 2500 watt generator and it cuts out is this caused by low oil? if I change oil how much does it get?

Low oil doesn't usually make engines cut out. Clean the air filter, change the plug and wire. If this doesn't help then I think you're looking at a carb. problem. Probably just clogged jets & ports. It's very common on small engine carbs. It shouldn't take more than 2 quarts of oil. Probably not even one.

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How do you get to the rear plugs on a XG 350, 2002

Yes you need to pull the manfold to replace the back three plugs. No you do not have to drain water or oil. Use a good double platum plug. While your there replace the three wires. You do not need any gaskets if your cearfull. Good luck

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