Another head gasket question


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Another head gasket question

Postby Jeff Lambert » Fri May 06, 2011 12:02 pm



I just posted a question about a possible bad head gasket. If I don't get this fixed immediately ('cause I can't afford it) will I damage my bike if I continue to drive it? It doesn't heat up at all, only if it sits for more than a few minutes idling.



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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 06, 2011 12:39 pm

Well it won't get better,only worse.How soon?I don't think I'd take a chance on running it until it's fixed.I'd hate to be out 50 miles and something go wrong and damage the motor or even worse,leave me sitting along side the road like a HD.At least it got you home safe.

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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby Jeff Lambert » Fri May 06, 2011 1:04 pm

You're right about the HD :D I think I will carefully do this job myself.

Thanks for the help. Suggestions? Warnings? Words of wisdom?

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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 06, 2011 1:20 pm

I'm not a 1500 owner,just the 1100 and 1200,but from my experience when undertaking a "I've never done that before" job,I read everything,and then photograph each step when I pull something apart.I used that method when I was forced to rebuild a valve body in my 98 Lexus 1300 miles from home.Step by step,one part at a time,follow the directions to a 'T'.No cutting corners.Remember that the material cost is usually only a small part of the dealer's bill.

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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby Jeff Lambert » Fri May 06, 2011 1:44 pm

Thanks for the advice on photographing each step, I will definitely use that. I will also painstakingly follow directions as I do not want to "screw this up." The right tools? A set of metric sockets & wrenches? What else?

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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 06, 2011 2:12 pm

Some basic tools like a dial torque wrench,breaker bar,snap ring tool,gasket removing tool and solvent,couple of cans to brake cleaner.You may not have to remove the rockers to pull the head.A clean place to work,plenty to light.

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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 06, 2011 2:56 pm

virgilmobile wrote:I'm not a 1500 owner,just the 1100 and 1200,but from my experience when undertaking a "I've never done that before" job,I read everything,and then photograph each step when I pull something apart.I used that method when I was forced to rebuild a valve body in my 98 Lexus 1300 miles from home.Step by step,one part at a time,follow the directions to a 'T'.No cutting corners.Remember that the material cost is usually only a small part of the dealer's bill.


I second the "take pictures as you go along" method. I've done this for years. I even have an old digital camera that I use, that I don't care if it gets greasy and dirty. It's saved me more than a few times, particularly when a repair takes a few days (or I end up having to wait a week for parts), and you start forgetting how things came apart when it's time to put them back together.

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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby rfoley » Sun May 08, 2011 9:32 pm

I guess my qestion is how do u know u have a bad head gasket can u smell anti freeze see white smoke or something else
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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 09, 2011 9:54 am

There's a number of different symptoms that can indicate a bad head gasket, you may have any, all or none of them:

- White, sweet-smelling smoke coming from exhaust on one side
- Spark plug in affected cylinder looks sparkling "steam-cleaned" instead of like the others
- Coolant disappearing from reservoir without any visible leaks
- Bubbles of air appearing in filler neck of radiator when engine is run with radiator cap off

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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby Jeff Lambert » Mon May 09, 2011 3:21 pm

Another question I have is "Is it normal for a goldwing to heat up when sitting at idle for say, five minutes?" One Honda mechanic told me about a group of guys who drive 1800's and, when in a parade, their bikes heat up to the red zone because of the low RPM's. This leads me to wonder if my bike may have a similar condition?

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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 09, 2011 5:06 pm

It should heat up until the fan comes on, then it will go back down a bit, fan shut off, heat back up...so yes. It shouldn't be sitting at or in the red zone - if it is, you've got a problem. I've never had my bike's fan not be able to keep the temperature out of the red, even on a nasty hot day.

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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby Jeff Lambert » Mon May 09, 2011 10:32 pm

I have never heard my bikes fan kick in. Would that be a fuse, wiring problem or something else?

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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby robb » Tue May 10, 2011 8:46 am

Could be bad fans, cooling temp sensor or fan motor switch. All can wear out from normal use. Might want to remove and test fans as I have seen debris collect and bind motor between propeler and motor body. Fuse # 4 powers fans and the thermostatic fan motor switch will close at high temp and ground system to complete the circuit.

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Re: Another head gasket question

Postby heidebill » Wed May 11, 2011 10:23 am

Not a head gasket comment, but heating
I pulled the platic away and blew out my radiators with air, Lots of dirt and bugs, still not clean enough for me so I used a Varsol spry gun, and instead of varsol I used water and blew it out with water pressure, alot more mud came out of my radiators, i didn't have a heating problem and don't anticipate one.
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