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Leaky oil from small hole under the radiator pump.

I have a small problem with my kmx bike,i notice a small hole at the bottom side rightside.and in every use,i could some leaky this normal or there is something wrong with my more thing is it ok to remove the termostat valve of the cooling system. im from the philippines tnx.

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The oil leak is probably a seal on the water pump shaft, There is one seal to keep the water in and another seal to keep the oil in, the small hole is a telltale hole between the two to let you know there is a problem. Dont remove the thermostat, any overheating problem could have something to do with the water pump seal

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