Radiator Leak


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jjdonley
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Radiator Leak

Postby jjdonley » Sat May 01, 2010 1:01 pm



Hi I'm new to the forums, I just purchased a 1981 Honda Goldwing GL1100 which has been setting for a few years.

I have antifreeze leaking out of the bottom of the head where the exhausts connects. Does anyone know what might cause this or what the problem may be?

thanks,
John Donley
Bobtown, PA



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Re: Radiator Leak

Postby WingAdmin » Sat May 01, 2010 2:18 pm

More than likely it's a head gasket that's gone. Check first to make sure that's where it is actually coming from, and that it's not actually leaking up above somewhere, and just dripping down there.

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Re: Radiator Leak

Postby jjdonley » Sat May 01, 2010 3:02 pm

It's leaking out of a bolt on the manifold that bolts into the exhaust.

Would that cause it not to start?

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Re: Radiator Leak

Postby WingAdmin » Sun May 02, 2010 12:38 pm

That sure sounds like a head gasket to me. That shouldn't cause it not to start, but I've heard of stranger things. If it's leaking that badly however, you really should replace the gasket before you run it.

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Re: Radiator Leak

Postby jjdonley » Mon May 03, 2010 9:03 pm

Thanks. I've ordered a manual and I'm waiting for it to come in the mail. Hopefully it comes this week.




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