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    Engine destroyed after 18000 kilometers

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    I just learned from my dealer than my bike's engine is dead - it seems that it was faulty and magnets separated from the body of the engine and were crushed by the rotor. Did anybody experience this ? Any advice on how to get Zero to give me a new engine (obviously this is a very short lifetime, and related to a faulty part) ?

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    I think that is a known issue that caused Zero to improve the magnets of some of their motors. Zero had an official DOT recall two or three years ago regarding flying magnets. Dealers were instructed to test the motor to see if they failed or not. If they did, Zero would replace the motor with a new one that had improved magnets. I had my 2014 S Zero tested by my dealer and it passed, so all is good. You need to look up Zero DOT recalls to get the scoop. You can also visit the electric motorcycle forum for additional information. They have a dedicated thread regarding recalls.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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    Thanks. it this the following issue ?

    Safety Issue Type: Recalls
    March 12 2014 NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V119000
    Rear Wheel may Lockup
    If the rotor contacts the stator, the motor could seize, locking up the rear wheel which could
    increase the risk of a crash.
    NHTSA Campaign Number 14V119000

    My model is a Zero 2013. It seems different from this one, and I know that other users have been affected...

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    Quote Originally Posted by V75011 View Post
    Thanks. it this the following issue ?

    Safety Issue Type: Recalls
    March 12 2014 NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V119000
    Rear Wheel may Lockup
    If the rotor contacts the stator, the motor could seize, locking up the rear wheel which could
    increase the risk of a crash.
    NHTSA Campaign Number 14V119000

    My model is a Zero 2013. It seems different from this one, and I know that other users have been affected...

    V
    Yes, that is the recall that I am aware of. It covered my 2014 S, but I don't know if it also covers your model. If not, you will need to ask your dealer to contact Zero and see what they have to say. What happened to you sounds exactly what the recall was supposed to address.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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