XFR/Firecat/Sabercat Regular 128" XF / Firecat/Sabercat chassis

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Old 02-09-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
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Can Overheat Cause Engine Siezure?

Riding the Sabercat 700EFI today, doing about 70 and check engine light starts to flash. I stopped right away and saw coolant leaking from under engine compartment. That is the easy part, maybe just a line or something.
Problem is the cylinders seem froze/seized(?) up. Cannot pull or electric start to move pistons She sounded fine as it idled down, but shut off w/o me turning it off. The light was on for less than 10 seconds. Seems like a warning would have come on sooner if it was overheating to a dangerous level.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:57 PM   #2
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Did you take out the plugs and see if you could turn it over?It might be filled with coolant or it might of seized up.It might of blew a o-ring on a head and filled with coolant.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:18 PM   #3
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Siezure

Did not pull plugs yet but don't know if that would account for the coolant that was coming from bottom of sled. Would the coolant have an escape route if leaking into the head?
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the check engine light flashes when the motors getting hot. and stays on solid once its overheating. they dont die to protect themselves, they die once theres damage and it cant run anymore. usually once the light starts flashing the sled will be boggy.

were you just slow trail riding or wide open when the light came on? couldve cracked the head or a cylinder if it overheated severely and coolant could get out that way. only way to tell is to start pulling it apart
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pull the pipe off an take a flashlight and look thru the y pipe into the cylinders and youll more than likely see some damage
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pull the plugs, pull the y pipe, if nothing obvious you could have seized up your crank with a bad bearing. I would pull the belly pan plastic off and find out where exactly the coolant is coming from. could tell you more about your problem.
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One of my coolant hoses came off on my f-5 and i lost all of my coolant. Motor was totally locked up. Actually had to pound the pistons out of the cylinders with a hammer. Cylinders were all messed up, had to have them welded, replated, and resized. Then i had to take the bottom half apart to check everything in there and to flush all the crap that had fallen into the bottom half. So yes, Loosing your coolant could lock up your motor.
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Well This is Just Ducky!

Info for all you F5/F6/F7 owners. Here is the skinny on this problem. Took it to dealer and.........
*The coolant hose that goes below the motor blew losing all coolant quickly.
*This is caused by the hose rubbing on whatever the heck is down there weakening it. (Common issue they say). Problem with this is you cannot see it or check it without pulling the motor. They now put a protector on them whenever they re-do them.
*Once coolant drains, no hi temp warning will come on, so you just go on your merry way until the effing motor BLOWS!
*Damage: Pistons, cylinders, all seals, bearings yada yada yada.

All this takes a minute or so at high speed which I was at.

I think I'm gonna be sick.
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Had one of the hoses on mine routed wrong from the factory, dealer checked it out when i bought it and fixed it right away.
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Makes me want to pull off my bottom skid plate and take a look.

Mine doesnt even have 1000 miles on it, so I doubt my hose is broken, but it wouldn't hurt to throw a protector down there.

Try and look on the bright side, you can get a motor from a sled salvage shop or ebay for under a grand. Maybe your dealer will hook you up with a fatty discount on a new motor....

That really sucks. Its surprising how fast it can happen at temperature.
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