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rode in the rain, lost front cylinder, need step-by-step (not mech inclined)

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I rode my 2002 sv650 in the rain and when i got home i realized i lost a substantial amount of power so i got on this site and read some other posts and decided that it's probably water in the spark plug of the front cylinder thats causing my problem. i looked at the engine to try and remove the spark plug, and the air vent or filter or whatever that thing is called is blocking access to the spark plug. could somebody please explain step-by-step how i get to and do whatever needs to be done to dry out the water thats causing this? im not very mechanically inclined so i'd really appreciate it. thanks

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You talking about the radiator? Large black box just in front of the engine with hoses going to it? If you are... (if not then im confused  :D)
There are 2 options, 1st is to take the bolts loose and move radiator out of the way (some what annoying first time you try) or 2nd is to take radiator totally off, drain coolant etc and put all back together.

To just move it out of the way you need to take the horn loose, look center of bike under the lower triple tree. You will see a circle looking thing about 4" in diameter with a couple bolts holding it, take that off. Next there are 3 bolts holding the radiator in place. They are on the sides, look for the tabs coming off of it. I like to disconnect the tempature sensor connection under the tank next. Just follow the wires coming out of the top part of the radiator (throttle side) through the frame and find the connection. Next is the annoying part... you have to sort of pull it foward and down. Dont be gentle with it, force it to move. Your goal is to move the radiator down far enough that you can get a long extention in on top of it (between the lower triple and the top of the radiator) and down the plug hole. You will either get it or not. If you dont... the only other option is to drain the system and take the radiator off. If your coolant has never been changed this might be a good time to do that anyway... good excuse, as they say.

As for the water, just pull the plug out and either let it air out, use some compressed air to blow it out or buy some air in a can (like the stuff you buy at the computer store) and blow it out that way. Just letting it air out is the easiest. The fix seems to be some di-electric grease and goop it on there when you put the new plug in. (ref sticky thread above this)

If you have more questions, keep asking... better to ask more questions before you do it than "how do I fix this" questions after something goes wrong  :)

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You don't need to take the plug out.

Just pull the boot, blow it out with air, and put it back on.
Water in the front plug recess, no need to pull the plug. Look into a Hole Shot Fenda Extenda. That will prevent recurrence.

Just left on its own the moisture will eventually clear up and the problem will go away. Like the previous poster said, you can speed the process by pulling the wire and blowing out with air or a water displacer (like WD-40).
there is also a drain hole, on the right side of the bike, about half way up the cylinder, you will see a small 1/8 inch diameter hole , run a pipe cleaner or wire thru it, insects have a habit of crawling in it and getting cooked and plugging it up, it is there to drain any moisture that gets into the spark plug cavity
pulling the plug cap, then blowing/drying it off fixed the problem. thanks for how-to!

You could also get some dielectric grease at a local auto parts store. Squeeze a healthy amount into the spark plug boot, maybe a little in the plug hole, and reassemble. The dielectric grease keeps the water from getting to the plug again.
I'm a bif fan of the grease fix... Even with a fenda extenda you can still get problems, and the plug still tends to corrode. With the grease, perfect running and no corrosion, and it's good for hte life of the plug- so it's cheaper, and probably takes less time to do.

The extenda does help protect the radiator, though.
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