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Rodney H
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temperature gauge

Postby Rodney H » Fri May 08, 2015 10:40 pm



Hello, my name is Rodney H and I just registered for the site. I think it's a great site, I have a 1982 interstate. My question: on the temperature gauge, how close should the needle be to the red zone before the radiator fan comes on. Any help would be appreciated. By the way, just from browsing the site I have saved money. The honda place wanted far too much to change the oil so I followed the step by step instructions on this site and had absolutely no problem. I love to ride but do not know much at all about engines. I have had the bike about a year now and am learning little by little about my bike thanks to this site. Thank you.



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Re: temperature gauge

Postby FM-USA » Sat May 09, 2015 4:51 am

IF no one said this yet....
WELCOME!


All gauges are different, they're a little better than idiot lights. Gauges at least give some indication to what's happening.
EZ test:
With the radiator cap off check water level, don't mistake the overflow bottle, then take a meat thermometer (or use the right tool, radiator temp tester) and stick it in the radiator. Idle until either the fans come on or the needle hits the red line. Hopefully it don't boil over before.

I can only vouch for my 1500, yours well be different.
My temp gauge was running up while in traffic one warm day and the fans FINALLY came on 1.5 needle widths from touching the red. Problem was, my little indicator mark I put on when I first got the bike was at least 4 needles from the red line when the fans came on. So this told me a problem was brewing.
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"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.

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Re: temperature gauge

Postby Rodney H » Sat May 09, 2015 11:33 am

Thank you for your help. Just one more thing, in order to get the thermometer in the radiator do I have to take the false tank off? Thanks again.

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Re: temperature gauge

Postby FM-USA » Sat May 09, 2015 1:14 pm

I don't know on 1200, sorry.
SOMEONE will chime in.

FOUND some info...
"To remove the cover. 4 bolts, true, but you also have to remove the pockets.
Some say they can get at the cap by reaching in with the hand backwards. Stand on the right side, facing the back of the bike and reach in with your right hand."
BUT I hear it's difficult.


The 1500 has a snap out tray.
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"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.

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Re: temperature gauge

Postby Rodney H » Sat May 09, 2015 1:43 pm

Thanks for the help and advice. I kept looking around on this site and saw several posts that say as long as the cooling fan comes on before the needle is in the red, it's ok. At least that's the impression I got from reading it. I'm gonna take pressure washer and try to clean out anything that may be blocking the flow of air into the radiator and hope that's all I need to do. I'm far far from being mechanically inclined so I hope it works. Because of this great site, I am becoming more confident in trying to do things with the bike that I would have normally paid a shop to do. I followed the step by step instructions for changing the oil and filter and had no problem at all. Saved a lot of money so thanks again and I'm glad to be able to use this great site. Ride and be careful!!

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Re: temperature gauge

Postby FM-USA » Sat May 09, 2015 2:05 pm

BE CAREFUL OF THAT PRESSURE!
It's known to rip the fins off the tubes.
"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.

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Re: temperature gauge

Postby Rodney H » Sat May 09, 2015 2:13 pm

Shows how little I know. I will use a regular garden hose. Thank you for letting me know about that. Have a great day.

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Re: temperature gauge

Postby FM-USA » Sat May 09, 2015 2:27 pm

Car & truck radiator are much more forgiving with power sprayers, there beefier.

IF you can, blow that water from inside to out (reverse of air flow)
Spray the front of the radiator with mild soapy water, empty Windex sprayer works good.
Let sit for 5-15 minutes (repeat if needed to keep wet) then spray.
"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.

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Re: temperature gauge

Postby Rodney H » Sat May 09, 2015 3:32 pm

I will do just that tomorrow and keep you informed of the difference it makes. Thanks again for taking the time to help me.

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Re: temperature gauge

Postby FM-USA » Sat May 09, 2015 4:30 pm

Rodney H wrote:I will do just that tomorrow and keep you informed of the difference it makes.
Thanks again for taking the time to help me.

That's our habit here. ;)

If you're digging into the antifreeze, check for proper mixture AND that you use NON-Silicone coolant AND no tap water.
Dehumidifier water is as good as distilled tho don't drink it unless properly boiled. Plants sure love it.
"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.

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Re: temperature gauge

Postby redial » Sat May 09, 2015 9:43 pm

Coolant, the green or pink stuff, has an operational life. Like other fluids in the GW, they need renewing every so often. If you are not sure when they were changed, then do it - and remember to keep a log of when things were changed and renewed. A service record is worth money, either in savings in repairs, or when you go to sell. (But no one actually sells a GW, they may lease it to another, but a GW never quite gets out of your blood.
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Re: temperature gauge

Postby maintainer » Sun May 17, 2015 11:43 am

My 82 1100 Interstate cooling fan cycle test: at idle 0 mph when temp gauge reaches just past half or 1 o'clock, the fan cycles on. It stays on until the gauge goes down to the first detent or approximately 1/4 way off cold then cycles off. When under way at speed my gauge typically reads at the 1/4 way up off cold or the first detent mark.


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