Q How can I get unwanted water out of my system?
I think I’ve got water in the fuel tank of my Ducati 899 Panigale because it’s started to spit and splutter now and again when the fuel level is really low.
I know that water and fuel do not mix and any water ends up at the lowest point in the fuel tank, so I’m worried that it could also be corroding the insides of my fuel tank. Is there any way I can get the water out without stripping the bike down? Will Barnett, Ash
Answered by Chris Dabbs, MCN Moisture can accumulate through condensation that builds up over time when the enginewarmed air in the tank cools down rapidly after each ride. It’s worse if the bike is idle for extended periods, but brimming
Athe tank at the end of a ride lessens this. Contaminated supplies from petrol stations can be a factor too. If you ever go to a petrol station and a couple of minutes later your bike feels a bit ‘off’ there’s a good chance you got a bad batch of fuel from the bottom of the tank.
If the water has been loitering in your tank for some time then it will need cleaning out properly by removing and upending the tank and drying it out in a warm room. But if it’s recent, a quick fix is to put a little methylated spirit in with the fuel, about 100ml to 10 litres, before shaking the bike from side to side before each ride.
The meths mixes readily with both fuel and water, so any contamination will be diluted and suspended in the fuel and get burnt off without any ill-effects.
I bought a 21-year-old Honda CBR600 as a hack for £900, but three days later the coolant started bubbling up as the radiator fan wasn’t kicking in. Fortunately the engine didn’t overheat and it was only three miles from the dealer, so I parked it outside their premises and sent them an email that night stating in detail what I believed are my rights under the Sale and Supply of Goods and Services Act.
They are trying to say that because the invoice was for a ‘trade sale’ and has a clause about examining the vehicle beforehand they are not liable, and the age and mileage of the bike means it’s ‘unfortunate’, but down to me. Chris Coates, email A Did you ever hold yourself out to be in the trade? I imagine that you did not and that you are a “consumer”. It’s your status that determines whether the Consumer Rights Act applies (which replaced the Sale of Goods Act and the Supply of Goods and Services Act in Oct 2015), not how they chose to mark up the invoice.
Their age and mileage argument would have a bit more merit, although given that if failed within three days I’d have thought you have reasonable grounds to argue your case. However, I would say it’s a borderline case that could go either way if it ever got before a court, so if you can get an offer of a reasonable repair I’d take it.
‘I would say it’s a borderline case, so if you get an offer of a reasonable repair, I’d take it’