Coolant related leaks


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triketrash
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Coolant related leaks

Postby triketrash » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:20 am



I'm just finishing up with the water pump job and was trying to get the bike running when I got the dreaded "click" and no spinning of the engine when I pushed the magic button. This happened a while back but then it started working again. Not this time. I checked with a test light at the starter connection and it lit up so I knew the solenoid was ok and that the starter was toast. Pulled the starter off my parts bike and installed it. Got it running after many spins because of that dang sprague clutch- the cold weather doesn't help. I think I'm gonna have to try that drilling the hole in the case idea to lube it up.

Anyway, one thing I did notice was a small amount of antifreeze leaking out of the fitting where the upper radiator hose attaches- I'm guessing that's the thermostat housing. I then took the bike for a short spin and so no more leakage, so I'll keep my eye on it. Then I saw some leakage at the radiator cap. Wouldn't be a bad idea to change that. Is there an aftermarket cap that fits the GW rad?

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Re: Coolant related leaks

Postby RoadRogue » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:52 am

the sprag clutch will misbehave when its cold out, If you are going to actually ride it you can switch to a lighter weight oil till the weather warms up.
The replacement rad cap is a
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triketrash
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Re: Coolant related leaks

Postby triketrash » Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:51 am

I may do that- it's cold but the bike is pretty good at throwing up heat to keep you warm :)

thanks for that reference- I found a list of all the cross referenced auto parts here


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