head gasket job


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ernest rudshtein
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head gasket job

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a question for you guys
im reassembling my gl1100 heads and cams after a gasket change
i wanna ask - after i wrench the heads /cams/rokers in place, put and tense the new belts, turn the engine manually a few times to double check, when do i reconnect the timming covers , cooling system and re fill the oil?
can i fire her up before reconnecting the radiator and refilling the fluids to avoid draining them again if a problem accuers?
suggestions on the healthiest step by step will be appreciated
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DO NOT start it without oil in it, you can start it for a short while without the radiator but I wouldn't run it more than 1/2 minute like that. You can leave the timing covers off permanently if you want but I wouldn't recommend it.
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Re: head gasket job

Post by WingAdmin »

As Dave said, starting your engine without oil is a good way to learn how to replace your engine. :)

What I do is fill the coolant system with distilled water for my initial startup checks. That way if there is an issue, I just drain the water while taking it apart, instead of expensive coolant. When everything checks OK, I drain the water and fill with coolant. Your coolant system gets a little bit of a flush this way as an extra bonus. :)
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