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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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GL1100. Stupid is as stupid does

I am not in the habit of flaying myself in a forum of like minded, yet unknown, individuals however I feel I must if only to purge my rank stupidity in approaching a mechanical problem about which I have huffed on about laboriously on 2 websites.
All the engine building experience inthe world cannot help you if you don't recognize an obvious f**kup. I didn't.
I had replaced the head gaskets and done a valve job on my GL1100 sidecar rig and was complaining long and loud about knocking, synchronizing etc... Those problems were solved by using the correct spark plugs and actually checking the flow through the air filter (there wasn't any).
Now that the beast was running very smoothly, although smokey on startup, I smelled coolant and the level in the catch tank dropped. I deduced I had screwed up the head gaskets and decided to try a sealant as these items are pricey in Europe.
I got everything going, put the minimum amount of sealant in the system and let it idle. It was burbling away happily for 45 minutes when I noticed the catch tank filling. It then started pouring coolant out the drain hose replicating a blown head gasket pressurizing the cooling system.
Then I noticed what was wrong: the PO, who sold me the bike because of a blown head gasket, had put the hoses on the wrong fittings on the catch tank. The radiator cap was doing it's job of evacuating excess pressure in the form of vapor, which was pressurising the tank and forcing liquid out the drain hose. I inverted the hoses, the catch tank began draining back into the radiator and the world is once again safe for democracy.
I post this self humiliation to warn all those who think they might have a major problem with their motors that could be caused by a simple oversight.:wtf: Thanks for your attention; you may now go back to more interesting posts.

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Yes, everyone needs to smite themselves once in a while, and own up to it.

My question is ,since when is Maine in Europe?

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Don't feel bad. The other day my father in law calls me to ask if I could help him get his scooter running, he had been messing with it for 2 days and couldn't get it to fire up. I ended up playing with it for an hour with no luck until I decided to take a closer look at the handlebars and noticed a switch with odd symbols just above the starter button and that made me go "hhmmmm". There was nothing that clearly said on/off like the kill switch on our right hand controls, just strange symbols so just for kicks I moved it to it's middle position ....... and it fired right up when I hit the starter button. DOH!!. I was pissed at myself that it took me an hour to think of it because it's normally the first thing I check and my father in law was thoroughly embarrassed with himself because he didn't think of it at all.
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Clearly he is situated in tha main part of Europe-he just misspelled...

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My friend who runs a shop said that in the past month he has some customers come back complaining about his work, the quads or bike would not run. All of them he was able to get running real quick. 2 of them was just like what JSbail had done, the on/off switch was in the "off" position. Then he had one that didn't have any gas. The rest was real simple things also. Must be a full moon.
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Good thing I've never done anything like that, AHHH wait a minute, yes I have..............Never mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by GL1200VirginiaUSA View Post
I also was curious when they moved Maine across the Atlantic. No wonder I didn't do too well in geography.
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Phavas - very eloquently written post, indeed! As for the nature of your post, well, none of us who have ever done mechanical repairs to any extent have avoided such self-induced face-palm moments. I've been wrist-crankin' and wrench-turnin' for lo, these past four and a half decades, yet I still fall prey to my own internal, infernal assumptions while working on machines, blinded by them, unable to see my own most obvious blunders.

When we share our mistakes, we all, as a community of sorts, profit by the knowledge and are enriched by it.

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