Ride with blown headgasket


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shromani
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Ride with blown headgasket

Postby shromani » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:23 pm



Well my head gasket is leaking coolant into cylinder closest to my rear brake lever, don't know what number that is off hand. I have to remove a plug and squirt coolant across the yard before I can turn it over. 8-) BUT riding season still has 3 weeks to go. Would I damage my engine if I just rode it for a bit longer? Also I'll be following the DIY Article on changing the head gasket this winter. Anything else I should know other than what's in the article?I have 140K KM on this engine and I'm the 3rd owner. What else should I replace while I have it apart?

http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=14868



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Re: Ride with blown headgasket

Postby 702scottc » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:04 pm

You are going to trash that engine if you keep riding it that way. You can change a head gasket in about 2 hrs so why risk ruining it? Replace the timing belts while your there and change the oil.

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Re: Ride with blown headgasket

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:21 pm

I would not ride a motorcycle with a blown head gasket unless I was out in the middle of nowhere and had no other options.

When you think of the risk VS reward of riding with a damaged head gasket, the risk far outweighs the reward.

You can probably change the gasket in a few hours, and have the work complete without losing any riding time, especially if the leak is minor enough (now) that you'd consider riding it how it is.
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: Ride with blown headgasket

Postby redial » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:02 pm

If you want to keep riding, I could probably find a brand new secondhand engine for you! Dont ride it.
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Re: Ride with blown headgasket

Postby shromani » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:59 pm

My thanks to all, I haven't ridden it since I discovered the head gasket leak, but since I could fire it up and add coolant I thought..... I'd better ask those who know.

That bike runs so good for it's age, I'll heed your guy's warning. :D I know I can do a quick head gasket, but I'll put her away and give her a good work over this winter in the garage.

Thanks again for your replies.

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Re: Ride with blown headgasket

Postby f1xrupr » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:00 am

If that were my bike, I WOULD drain the coolant, take out the spark plugs, blow coolant "across the yard", put spark plugs back in, start bike, run bike for about 15 seconds (no more than that with no coolant!) to remove coolant from cylinders in efferts to prevent rust in bore due to coolant left in bore......just saying. :roll: ps....starting a bike with coolant in cylinder is a rod bender!
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Re: Ride with blown headgasket

Postby shromani » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:34 am

f1xrupr wrote: ps....starting a bike with coolant in cylinder is a rod bender!


Yes, good thing the starter couldn't turn it over. :D,

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Re: Ride with blown headgasket

Postby shromani » Sat Oct 04, 2014 5:46 pm

Ok, I heeded the wise advice of others and didn't ride it. Cleared out the garage and have it on my lift and strapped down and from above for safety. I have not worked on a bike for years. I am handy with a wrench on the automotive side so this should be a treat. While doing this job, what else should I replace while it's all apart? I am thinking timing belt and water pump, anything else? Also what would be the preferred gasket kit for this task? :D

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Re: Ride with blown headgasket

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sun Oct 05, 2014 12:22 pm

Try the "Athena" top end kit from bike bandit. It does not include cam seals, but has everything else.
It also has the valve seals, which I would replace and,of course,head gaskets.
The kit ran me around $100. 8000 miles later and no problems.
Yep-replace timing belts also.
If you want to replace the water pump that's fine-but if it aint leaking or no other problems with it- I would tend to leave it alone. Up to you. I would suggest to replace the thermostat and rad hoses- even if they look OK.
Make sure your timing marks line up when you replace belts! "Close enough" isn't!
Let us know how it goes. Regards, Johnny

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Re: Ride with blown headgasket

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:57 am

Do it now..if you let it sit with water in the cylinder it will ruin it or at least make the rebuild more challenging
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NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: Ride with blown headgasket

Postby thrasherg » Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:04 am

remember, if coolant can leak into the cylinder when the engine is not running, then exhaust gasses will be forced into the cooling system when the engine is running, this will force all the water out and the engine will no longer have any cooling and a seizure/overheating will result. Also as mentioned, water in the cylinders will cause corrosion which is not good for an engine and will cause compression issues. As mentioned, you should drain the cooling system to prevent more water getting in there, I would also remove the spark plug and spray a load of WD40 in the bore to prevent any corrosion until you can replace the head gasket. Riding with a blown head gasket is never a good idea, especially if you want to keep the engine for a long time..

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