water in the exhaust but no sign of blown head gasket.


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water in the exhaust but no sign of blown head gasket.

Postby rcmanwood » Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:11 pm



GL 1200 Aspencade 1985 Had antifreeze coming out of the exhaust on left bank. Thought the head gasket was blown so I pulled the left head. I cannot find any brake in the gasket. Sad. Has anyone had this happen before and where was the water leak? I am very new at Goldwings. Any help would be helpful.



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trukr
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Re: water in the exhaust but no sign of blown head gasket.

Postby trukr » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:53 pm

It is possible you have a cracked head, although I haven't heard of many gl1200s having a cracked head. You might have to find someone who can test that left head for cracks. Good luck.

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Re: water in the exhaust but no sign of blown head gasket.

Postby Right Winger » Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:19 pm

Since you have the head off take it to a machine shop and have it pressure tested, and have the deck checked . You might find an answer to your question :)

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Re: water in the exhaust but no sign of blown head gasket.

Postby rono24 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:13 am

Are you looseing coolant because if you are not water is a by product of complete combustion not unusal to have water come ut of the exhaust

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Re: water in the exhaust but no sign of blown head gasket.

Postby rcmanwood » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:37 am

Sorry, I meant to say antifreeze. Thank you for questioning me. I do make mistakes.

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Re: water in the exhaust but no sign of blown head gasket.

Postby Ericson38 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:07 pm

Just had this same issue on an 83 three weeks ago, a ton of coolant out the right side in my case. Gaskets looked ok at a glance, but on closer inspection saw that the left side crush flange built into the gasket to seal the cylinder perimeter at the head-block joint was a bright silver all around, and on the right head, between the two cylinders the material for one of the cylinders was black, meaning coolant was leaking into the cylinder across this metal barrier from the closest coolant passage interface (paper section of the gasket). Changed gaskets using Honda OEM, used moly 60 on bolt threads, 3 stage torque sequence, and a retorque at 100 miles just to make sure.

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Re: water in the exhaust but no sign of blown head gasket.

Postby mervk » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:15 pm

I also had this problem, with no readily identifiable damage to the head gasket. In fact, my bike looked like a steam engine when hot. Close examination showed discoloration between the water passage and the cylinder, and the gasket only let coolant pass when the motor was hot. Replaced the gasket and fixed the problem. Had the head shaved, as well as a pressure test for peace of mind at the same time.

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