Smoke or steam for first few minutes...

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Smoke or steam for first few minutes...

Post by DC46 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:12 pm

Hey guys, I have an 84 Aspencade that when I got in March was overheating so I tore it down and found bad waterpump...I replaced waterpump and head gaskets and cruised for about 6000 miles this summer...RECENTLY every time I start it it bellows out smoke or maybe its more steam, cant really tell...After a few it stops when warm but I can ride then when shut it off it does same thing for a few even if it hasnt cooled off on temperature gauge...Any thoughts are appreciated...Btw, temperature may be a notch higher but still well within range...

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Re: Smoke or steam for first few minutes...

Post by kwild » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:32 pm

Try this first. When you turn the bike off... let it stay in the upright position for about 20 seconds before you ease it onto the sidestand. I usually take my gloves off and unbuckle the helmet before leaning it over. Sounds simple, but it lets the oil drain back. It should help.
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Re: Smoke or steam for first few minutes...

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:34 pm

Pull the plugs and have a look at their condition. If you've got coolant leaking into the cylinders, the affected plugs will be steam-cleaned. If it's oil, they'll be black and oily.

Have a look at the smoke - coolant smoke is more whitish, smells sweet and tends to dissipate quickly, while oil smoke is bluish, smells oily and hangs around a bit longer.

Have a look at your coolant reservoir while this is going on, check both for a coolant level going down. When the engine is COLD, open the radiator cap and start the bike - watch for air bubbles coming up in the coolant in the radiator neck.

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