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need some info

Postby sdribking » Sat May 30, 2009 10:24 pm



my husband just changed the antifreeze on our 1998 goldwing and now the thermostat seems to be sticking and the bike smells like antifreeze when he starts it up . what can the problem be.



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Re: need some info

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:38 pm

How do you know the thermostat is sticking? Is it sticking open or closed? Where are you smelling the coolant - is it leaking somewhere, or is the smell coming from the exhaust?

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Re: need some info

Postby sdribking » Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:35 pm

he has talked to people that work on them and they think that is what the problem is. they don't say if it is open or close. the water is not running through the hoses. and it is not getting up to the right temp.

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Re: need some info

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:51 pm

If the thermostat is in fact stuck closed, it means it will not allow coolant to circulate through the radiator. The idea is to get the engine up to operating temperature as quickly as possible, so by not circulating coolant through the radiator, no cooling is going on. If the thermostat does not open, the temperature of the engine will continue to rise until it passes the boiling point of the coolant. The coolant will begin to boil, at which point the pressure of the coolant will rise sharply, which can cause leaks, failed head gaskets, and failed water pump seals. If you keep running it like that, the engine will get so hot that very serious damage will be done to the engine itself.

You'll know this is happening if the engine itself is hot, but the radiator (and the radiator hoses) are cool, or only just warm. If in fact that's what's happening, you need to get it fixed ASAP.




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