For the first time since I've owned it, the SWing started dripping a bit on the garage floor. I must admit that it weirded me out a little, because this thing just does not do that, as a rule.
I took it on a 300 mile in the mountains last week. Before I left and after I returned, I was careful to check oil and coolant levels...no detectable problems with either that I could see. Parked the bike when I got home and next day, another drip.
I decided that I needed to give the filter another half-turn, since I had recently changed oil and filter...I was thinking that maybe there was a drip coming from the filter and blowing back from the wind. I tightened the filter and forgot about it. Next day, I went back out and checked again...another drip. I finally got smart and looked at the fluid and figured out it's not oil...it's coolant.
I pulled the side cover back off and looked again. Finally found the drip source at the bottom of the water pump on the gasket line...NOT the drain bolt.
I'm pretty sure I have a bad water pump gasket. The factory manual suggests that changing it out is not too difficult, but I've been fooled before. Have any of you done a water pump gasket replacement? How tough is it? Are there any hints or special things I need to know before I attempt it? Remember, I'm your basic semi-dextrous, partially educated, fumble fingers dude who's just trying to save a bit of money. If it's going to be to difficult for the likes of me, I'll take it to the dealer, but I'd prefer not to have to do so.
All comments welcome.