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My gl1100 began to spew steam and antifreeze on me last night after i parked it for 5 minutes and started it back up. It is doing this from the exhaust where it bolts up to the engine on the left side. it steams and drips from what looks like the seal.

Anyone?
 

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That sucks!

It sounds awfully like it's time to replace the headgasket.
 

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Sounds like the head gasket to me also. One good thing it is leaking outward and hopefully none going into engine. That would be a mess to clean because hot water and oil mix quite well.
 

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think of it as Zen.... a chance to become one with your wing.... isn't that hard of a job. be sure to buy an OEM head gasket, the knock offs fail
 

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I will agree it sounds like a head gasket. I had the same thing happen to my bike a few months age only on the right side.
 

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so it aint a rip the motor off the bike to fix job? damn i hope not. if not i think i can fix it.
 

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Headgasket doesn't require engine removal.

What's the history of the engine? It may be a good idea to do both sides.
 

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I would do both sides if it were mine.

Just my .02 worth.

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No need to pull the engine for head gasket replacement. You can do it in a few hours in one day easily. No special tools needed other than a torque wrench that can go to the required tension. There are a couple of things to be careful about, one is that the head gasket look like it is symmetrical. It isn't. there is a tab on the bottom center that has to cover an opening in the engine case. Get the gasket reversed and you'll have a fine oil leak. Don't ask... One other recommendation is to get some Honda Moly 60. That's a 60% moly paste which is used to lubricate the cleaned up bolt threads and under the bolt heads. If you don't use the stuff you'll get much less clamping pressure on the gasket even if you use the right torque on the bolts. I would recommend also re-torquing the head on the other side of the engine too as long as you're at it. Just set the torque wench for the proper tension and check the six main bolts to make sure the tension hasn't loosened any. After installing a new gasket it doesn't hurt to re-torque the head after you've ridden the bike two or three hundred miles or so. Sometimes the gasket settles a bit and loosens up slightly. That's likely why yours failed now.
 

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Just a thought - but is there any pooling of coolant on the top of block (under the cross over coolant tube)? I had the same issue and thought I had a head gasket leak, but it wound up being bad o-rings on the crossover tube, it's mount, and the attaching tube that contains the thermostat.
 

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clouddragon9 wrote:
Just a thought - but is there any pooling of coolant on the top of block (under the cross over coolant tube)? I had the same issue and thought I had a head gasket leak, but it wound up being bad o-rings on the crossover tube, it's mount, and the attaching tube that contains the thermostat.
It's always a good idea to make sure you're fixing the right thing. I replaced a left headgasketand theleak turned out to bethe water pump.
 

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Good ideas above. Make sure the coolant isn't coming from somewhere else and trickling down to the headers.
 

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i would check all of the above before starting to change the head gaskets.
could be just a seal leaking!
 

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wow guys thanks for the info.

lil history on this bike. it has 29k original miles on it and has been in boxes and pieces since 89. i have had a monster of a time getting the carbs straightened out on it.

it does have a coolant leak on top. i am aware of it but its small. right now its leaking where the exhaust bolts to the engine. i dried it off and watched coolant bleed from where exhaust connects to the engine. when it warmed up it started spewing steam from this location as well. there does not appear to be any water in my oil thankfully.

gonna go ahead and replace the orings on the crossover bar as well. thanks again all.

much help here
 

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I am curious what you mean by as well? R u gonna pull off header and see where it is coming from.. Just asking cause I am in the middle of doing my left head as I write this.
 

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Could have a leak and water is travling down through the drain holes near the plugs comimg out by the exhaust flange
 
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