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 Post subject: Head gaskets....part III
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:builder: Ordered a full engine gasket set(again), and it should be here today. Now all I gotta do is find the time, and a place to do it. Seriously considering bringing it out here to the shop and doing the job, 'cause I really don't have the room to do it at home, unless I leave the 1500 outside until the 1100 is back up and running.....which ain't happening. I should be able to tear it down get it all cleaned and reassemble it in one weekend, assuming nothing goes wrong.....which I firmly believe something WILL. :blush:
I have a new torque wrench now too so I'll be fairly confident the heads will be torqued correctly. In the past, I've used my eons old beam style torque wrench.....I'mma tinkin it might be just a wee bit out of calibration by now which sux, since I've only had it since somewhere around 1978 or so.....and i got it new. Should still be good, right? :BigGrin:
I bought one of them fancy pantsy electronical wrenches a while back to replace the beammer. We shall see if it makes a difference.
I still firmly believe that each of my head gasket failures has been due to engine overheat. The thing was runnin fine, and had no issues at all until the one day I forgot to turn the fan on before I hit stop/go traffic, and by the time I remembered it was already too hot. A day or so later is when it started steaming out the pipe again. I think the thermal switch is not working right, or isn't calibrated properly to turn the fan on before the heat gets out of hand, which is why I installed a toggle switch on it before. As long I remembered to flip it on before getting stuck in traffic, the gauge never got past the 1/2 mark. Last time I rode it a few weeks ago, I turned the fan on and just left it on for the whole ride, and the gauge never even got to 1/2.
Anyway.....I'll be ripping into it again soon. This will be the third time for head gaskets on this one...hopefully it will be the last. :beg:

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I can only add that I was aware of my engine running hot on my trip to Florida 2 summers ago not only because of the temp gauge, but my aftermarket voltmeter was showing me that my fan was running continuously. My fan switch works correctly and kicks in as the temp is just past 1/2 every time.

With the voltmeter, I can also watch the drain on the charging system when the fan runs like that. For me, it is worth it to have the fan switch working normal. Miss turning on the fan and these aluminum engines heat up right fast!

My issue was because of my own stupididy!! I put straight antifreeze in instead of 50/50 by accident........ :oops: :oops: :oops:

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We're thinkin' positive for ya, Joel! Wanting the job to go smoothly, and to end up with perfect results!

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We're thinkin' positive for ya, Joel! Wanting the job to go smoothly, and to end up with perfect results!

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