COOLANT DRIP ON PLASTIC GEAR COVER


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COOLANT DRIP ON PLASTIC GEAR COVER

Postby TYHOLLY1 » Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:27 pm



I'm new to Goldwings, came from a Vulcan and Heritage Softail. Being that the HD was air cooled I got a lot nervous when starting my wing and the sweet antifreeze smell comes up thru the handlebar base. I removed all the plastic and saw where it was dripping from. It's a black cover (timing belt?) that's horizontal along the bottom that spans both cylinder banks. I've read about expansion and contraction at colder climates and something about leaks at the water pump (like a return port or something). Any suggestions or do I even want to mess with this - 1997 1500 SE 200K+ miles but engine has been rebuilt about 60K ago.
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Re: COOLANT DRIP ON PLASTIC GEAR COVER

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:43 am

TYHOLLY1 wrote:I'm new to Goldwings, came from a Vulcan and Heritage Softail. Being that the HD was air cooled I got a lot nervous when starting my wing and the sweet antifreeze smell comes up thru the handlebar base. I removed all the plastic and saw where it was dripping from. It's a black cover (timing belt?) that's horizontal along the bottom that spans both cylinder banks. I've read about expansion and contraction at colder climates and something about leaks at the water pump (like a return port or something). Any suggestions or do I even want to mess with this - 1997 1500 SE 200K+ miles but engine has been rebuilt about 60K ago.
Thanks :roll:


Is it leaking from underneath this cover?

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Re: COOLANT DRIP ON PLASTIC GEAR COVER

Postby TYHOLLY1 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:26 am

It is, but I haven't removed it for fear of not knowing what seals or gaskets I might need in case it's too complex and needs to go to the dealer.

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Re: COOLANT DRIP ON PLASTIC GEAR COVER

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:58 am

look here for parts pics:

http://www.westernhonda.com/fiche_secti ... veh=132035


That cover is more or less just a dust cover and only has two rubber seals which are usually reusable but the leak if from inside there is another story..but the leak coudl be from upper hose and just running down.
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Re: COOLANT DRIP ON PLASTIC GEAR COVER

Postby TYHOLLY1 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:13 pm

I think you're right - I took the cover off and saw some moisture on the belt - heaviest directly beneath the hoses where it looked like the coolant had settled after I shut the bike off, Whew! So being this deep in the gutting I'll go thru each hose and clamp and see if I can find a culprit. The hoses look good at a glance but now at least I think I'm aimed the right direction. Thanks for the quick and informative replies!!! :D

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Re: COOLANT DRIP ON PLASTIC GEAR COVER

Postby bjatwood » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:06 am

Might as well put some new belts on it too while your in there... ;)




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