Anti freeze leak


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Anti freeze leak

Postby glasshead » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:06 pm



I was looking at the 'how to' site and posted this there by mistake.
I have an 83 Interstate that is leaking coolant at the housing on the left side, where the radiator hose is clamped on. The other side of the housing has what looks like an electrical sensor of some kind attached to it. Can I just unbolt it and replace a gasket, or is it more complicated than that? (I'm guessing that it is the temp gauge wire on the other side?) :?:

If it is just a gasket, can I get one from NAPA or do I have to go to HONDA?

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Re: Anti freeze leak

Postby trashtruck » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:38 pm

look at the leak closely to see if it's coming from the weep hole at the bottom of the housing. if not, it's probably just an oring. if the weep hole is leaking antifreeze, you got a bad waterpump. in the diy section there is a great article on how to change it out.
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Re: Anti freeze leak

Postby glasshead » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:35 pm

It is cold and raining out today to double check if there is any coolant coming from the bottom of the engine housing(where the lower radiator hose is). I don't think there is. This leak is dripping very quickly from the TOP hose housing. It could be coming from someplace else and dripping down to there. I DID unintentionally overfill the reservoir just in the false tank, but it is now just a little over full. It was up in the extended part of the reservoir, but not when I watched the coolant leaking while idling in my driveway.

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Re: Anti freeze leak

Postby trashtruck » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:43 pm

my bad, i misunderstood. your talking about the thermostat housing. yes, most of that is rubber orings. i'm not sure if napa carries anything that big but you can try. could be bad hose or connection loosened up. napa hose #7733 replaces both upper and lower hoses, just cut to fit.
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Re: Anti freeze leak

Postby glasshead » Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:47 pm

It is still too cold out to check. I replaced the hoses last summer, along with the timing belts..COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU GUYS :!: :!: Thanx for the schematic. It makes all the difference when I know what I am taking apart. I will let you know what I find.

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Re: Anti freeze leak

Postby chrissvitak » Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:28 pm

Hi All -

Just took my 1983 Interstate out of winter storage today. Checked all fluids (good), changed the oil and fired her up. I got her to temp, took her for a quick spin (about 10 minutes) and now I have the smell of antifreeze. It did not do this when I stored for the winter.

I checked for obvious leaks and could not find any. The only thing I found was a small amount of white smoke upon first startup...I figured that was fairly normal. After it warmed and got to temp....no smoke at all. Now I am really confused!!

Any ideas on what to check next or do you think this will disappear after riding for a while?

Chris
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Re: Anti freeze leak

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:30 pm

No evidence of drips? I'd give it another couple of rides and see if it continues. If not, then don't worry about it. :)

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Re: Anti freeze leak

Postby glasshead » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:56 pm

I have been out of town for a few days, I meant to get this out sooner. In MY case the leak was coming from 2 places. The radiator hose clamp was loose enough to let antifreeze kind of cascade down (it was not visible) until it pooled at the bottom of the housing and dripped. A couple of turns on the hose clamp screw fixed that. The other leak was coming from the right side. When I took the false tank off and wiggled the rubber nipple at the top of the rubber hose that goes down into the overflow tank (the one that the return hose is clamped to), it came off in my hand. The rubber had rotted and fluid was coming out of the base of the nipple before it even got to the hose. I fixed it by getting a foot of tubing from Lowe's and pushing one end down the rubber tube as far as I could (no clamp necessary) (because I couldn't get one on it)and pushing the other end as far in the return hose (which I had replaced with gas line tubing I think) and clamping that side. I have not taken it more than around the neighborhood since the fix, but so far so good.

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Re: Anti freeze leak

Postby trashtruck » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:06 pm

easy fixes are the best, aren't they?
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Re: Anti freeze leak

Postby SteveB123 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:11 pm

trashtruck wrote:easy fixes are the best, aren't they?


Better than cheap fixes?
I think not. :P
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Re: Anti freeze leak

Postby B0b88 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:50 am

Trashtruck that diagram you posted Is going to help me a ton, I looked everywhere in my clymers for that diagram... On my 1100 I have a leak from the O ring #14 on the diagram... Do you think I should try to find an oem replacement for 30$ lol or take the o ring out and try to match it?

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Re: Anti freeze leak

Postby SteveB123 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:32 am

B0b88 wrote:Trashtruck that diagram you posted Is going to help me a ton, I looked everywhere in my clymers for that diagram... On my 1100 I have a leak from the O ring #14 on the diagram... Do you think I should try to find an oem replacement for 30$ lol or take the o ring out and try to match it?


I think you should look up prices on Bikebandit, so you'll have an ballpark idea of how much they'll be when you go to the dealer.
It's a freakin' O ring.....21.9mm X 2.3mm.


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