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BMW Recalls 18 Models in Canada for Potential Fuel Leaks

BMW Recalls 18 Models in Canada for Potential Fuel Leaks

This affects 6,325 motorcycles in Canada.

A related NHTSA investigation could affect 45,588 motorcycles in the US.

This recall is related to cracks seen in the fuel pump mounting plate at the inlet connector. The dealer will insect the fuel pump mounting plate. If no cracks are found, a reinforcing ring is added to prevent future cracks. If cracks are found, the fuel pump plate is replaced.

Affected models include:

2006 BMW HP2 Enduro
2008-2009 BMW HP2 Megamoto
2008-2010 BMW HP2 Sport
2006-2008 BMW K1200GT
2006-2008 BMW K1200R
2005-2008 BMW K1200S
2009-2011 BMW K1300GT
2009-2011 BMW K1300R
2009-2011 BMW K1300S
2011-2012 BMW K1600GT
2011-2012 BMW K1600GTL
2005-2011 BMW R1200GS
2005-2011 BMW R1200GS Adventure
2007-2011 BMW R1200R
2005-2011 BMW R1200RT
2007 BMW R1200S
2005-2007 BMW R1200ST
2010-2011 BMW S1000RR

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'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 63K miles
'03 Anthracite Metallic K12LTC, 66K miles
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
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Any indications of when the U.S. process will come to fruition?

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Re: BMW Recalls 18 Models in Canada for Potential Fuel Leaks

Whenever the NHTSA decides to formally announce it, and then BMW decides to implement it . . .

If you're not leaking now, it's not really a problem. If you're really worried about it, or already taking the tank off for normal maintenance, you can always add the Fuel Pump Flange Repair Clamp from Beemer Boneyard.

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'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 63K miles
'03 Anthracite Metallic K12LTC, 66K miles
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
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Re: BMW Recalls 18 Models in Canada for Potential Fuel Leaks

Here's the official US recall info:

NHTSA Campaign # 13V617000
Potential Vehicles Affected: 50,184
Expected Recall Start Date: February 2014




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'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 63K miles
'03 Anthracite Metallic K12LTC, 66K miles
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
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Re: BMW Recalls 18 Models in Canada for Potential Fuel Leaks

OK, I've gathered some further information on this topic, so let's put it all in one place for easy reference.

This is based on the K1600, as that's the bike I have on hand for reference. Other bikes should look quite similar, if not exactly the same.

I took some pics comparing the fuel pump plate on a 2012 GTL (built Feb 2011, so part of this recall) and the plate on a 2013 GTL (built Jan 2013, so not part of this recall).

In the first pic of the 2013 GTL, you can clearly see the silver metal ring around the raised plastic boss that the female quick disconnect threads into. This reinforcement, along with not over tightening of the tapered pipe thread fitting, should eliminate any potential cracking issues.



In this pic of the 2012 GTL, you can see the silver metal ring is not there.



Older Beemers, such as the K12/13GT and the R12RT/GS use a similar fuel pump plate, with a taller threaded plastic boss that is more prone to cracking. This is a pic of a fuel pump plate (from an RT, I believe) that had developed cracks, but wasn't leaking yet (at least while it was all still put together):



BMW's solution is to replace the fuel pump plate with the updated version on bikes where cracks are found, or to add a reinforcing clamp on bikes where no cracks are found. This has been a known fix on various Beemer forums, such that Beemer Boneyard actually sells a Fuel Pump Flange Repair Clamp for the K12/13 and R12 bikes. I imagine the BMW factory clamp is quite similar, with slight variations depending on the specific model involved.



One other issue that has come up on some older bikes is the plastic male portion of the quick disconnect has been known to break. There is a slot on the fitting's body that makes the fitting quite thin at that point, and clumsy removal/insertion can stress that area, eventually leading to a break.

No, I don't know why BMW and the NHTSA didn't address this at the same time, except maybe this problem is more likely to occur during service than suddenly while you're riding down the highway.

You can see the white plastic male fitting in the first pic above, but here it is again, next to the replacement metal (chrome plated brass) fitting.



The correct replacement fitting can be bought from Omega.com, for $36.10 under part # FT-LCD230-04-FKM. That exact part # will get you the 90 metal version, with the correct 1/4" inlet and outlet, and the fuel-safe Viton o-ring.

You can also buy the mating female part in metal, but those don't really fail, so it's best to just leave the factory plastic female fitting in place.

The hardest part about this replacement is getting the old hose clamp loose and getting the new clamp on. It's easiest to just cut the hose to get the old clamp off, but you want to minimize how much hose you take off. There's a bit more slack on the K16 bikes than the older K12/13 and R12 bikes, but still, it's best to retain as much length as possible.

You can use a new BMW-style pinch clamp, as pictured above, but that requires a special pinch clamp tool, as shown below.



If you don't have this tool (or don't want to buy it for one clamp), you can use a standard small screwdriver-operated hose clamp. It's probably worth it to buy a special fuel line clamp with a smooth inside that minimizes damage to the fuel line from your local auto supply store. Be sure to orient the thick part of the hose clamp to the back of the male fitting so as to avoid interference with the fuel pump plate or female fitting.

And this pic shows the new fitting installed (notably on the old style fuel pump plate).



That ought to clear things up a bit.

Ken
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'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 63K miles
'03 Anthracite Metallic K12LTC, 66K miles
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
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Re: BMW Recalls 18 Models in Canada for Potential Fuel Leaks

No longer any reason to DIY these since there's a recall and you want it on record yours was done.

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