|2001 Suzuki GSX600F Katana - No Compression|
11/21/01 to Present
|11/17/01||My new katana won't start! (actually, I've had it for about 7 months)|
No compression (damn).
|11/21/01||Towed bike 70 miles to my original dealer, San Mateo Honda Suzuki ($24.00 trailer rental)|
|Called dealer once a week to check on bike.|
|11/23?/01||Dealer told me that they had synced the carbs but hadn't fixed compression problem|
(As I understand it you can NOT sync the carbs w/o compression).
|11/26?/01||Dealer said it was going to need new valves (warranty work).|
|12/18/01||Dealer instructed me to stop calling.|
Said that they'll call me whenever it's ready (They were very rude).
|12/18/01||Called Suzuki-America (714.572.1490) and told my story to Brad Wright|
He said he'd call the dealer and see what was going on.
|12/22/01||Dealer left me a message saying that my bike was ready (Yahoo!).|
...But I was out of town.
|12/26/01||Called dealer. Answering machine said they were closed until 01/03/02 (Shit).|
|01/03/02||Brad Wright from Suzuki-America left me a message asking if I had gotten my bike yet.|
|01/04/02||Picked up my bike!|
Paid $352.32 for parts and labor (Invoice #13875).
Noticed that they hadn't changed motor oil (Oil was dark brown in sight glass).
Oil drain plug fell out on way home (had a few very exciting minutes!).
Waited 2 hours in the rain for a rescue (Brrr)
Spent $11.62 in 2 credit card phone calls for help (no change, forgot cell phone).
Spent $34.61 for motor oil and a temporary oil drain plug* to get my bike home.
|01/05/02||Noticed dealer charged me for an oil filter (SGP#16510-34E00, $14.15) and oil ($20).|
Noticed dealer had NOT changed oil filter (Obviously old and still had my safety wiring on it).
Dropped bike back off at dealer (I'm pissed).
|01/08/02||Picked bike up from dealer (again).|
Dealer refunded me $100.00
Oil drain plug, oil and filter present (I'm afraid to ride the bike until I check it).
|01/12/02||Had a chance to make sure critical bolts are tight and do routine maintenace (chain slack ,etc.).|
Starting riding (It rained most of the week).
|01/19/02||Finally scrubbed all the oil and grime off my bike |
(Between the valve job and the plug falling out it was everywhere!).
|01/20/02||Went for a long ride.|
Noticed valve cover was leaking oil (Did the dealer do anything right?).
Added 1/2 quart of oil ($4.52 at some gas station outside of San Luis Obispo).
|01/22/02||Decided to take the bike apart and see what else was wrong:|
|01/23/02||Went for a ride - It's still spraying oil! (...but not as bad)|
Oil appears to be originating from the head gasket (Grrrr).
Called Suzuki-America but they had closed for the day.
|01/24/02||Scrubbed bike clean (again) & went for a ride - It didn't seem to be leaking|
(Perhaps it was just leftover goo inside the fairing blowing out).
|01/28/02||Started using the bike for commuting again. (It snowed on Hwy 35! PIC1 PIC2)|
|02/03/02||Oil levels low - Added another 1/2 quart of oil (...That ain't right!)|
|02/04/02||Called Suzuki-America and spoke to Marvin Rolof|
I faxed this page to him (714.577.9525) to forward to Brad Wright.
|02/09/02||Oil levels low - Added another 1/2 quart of oil (Can we say, "botched job"?)|
|02/11/02||Called Suzuki-America (again) and spoke to Brad Wright. He indicated that:
|02/16/02||Bought the wrong size compression tester from Kragen. Doh.|
|02/23/02||Changed the oil and the #2 and #3 spark plugs.|
|03/02302||Finally got the correct sized compresssion gauge from Kragen but didn't have time to try it.|
* Temporary oil drain plug: An employee at All American Honda-Suzuki spent twenty minutes trying to find something that would work as a oil drain plug for my Katana! He ended up selling my girlfriend an NGK spark plug (98076-54917 BPR4HS-10). It fit perfectly and I'll be going there again!