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Old 01-27-2009, 10:25 AM
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milkshake in the coolant reservior

uuuuuuuughhhhhhhhhh!!!!!


fellows, wtf?

Please tell me this is not a blown headgasket, the bike has never been hot, runs perfect, just happened to check coolant and BAM!!!

I have noticed that my right tail pipe runs hotter than the left.



IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO AND HOW MUCH APPRX..........
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:36 AM
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I hate to say it but that is a symptom of a blown headgasket. I know its not the answer you want.

1st check your oil. It should be apparent if there is water in it.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:50 AM
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Yes, we have all (on some bike) had to stare down at the dreaded melted ice cream. Usually on a recebike for me but I have never heard of a different interpretation of this symptom. Sorry man, that blows monkey ***, but it is not necisarly a disaster. On my racebike I just yank the valve cover and lap the head flat, then bolt it back together wiht a new gasket. I do it fri night & race on it sat.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:56 AM
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All VTRs pass more exhaust/run hotter through the right can. That's got nothing to do with your coolant or head gasket.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:53 PM
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sooooooooo,

at best, what is this going to set me back, could it be anything else besides a head gasket.........looking at the oil through the window looks regular to me, i guess i need to do a complete oil change

would flushing help or it's time to go the the Dr. (shop)
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:24 PM
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drain your oil and report back.
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lol
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:42 PM
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findings?
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:57 PM
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head gaskets are around 30 bucks each at your local honda dealer.

If you can do it yourself you can save ALOT of money, but you better be confident.
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Is there any coolant coming out of the water pump weep hole?
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Truckinduc View Post
head gaskets are around 30 bucks each at your local honda dealer.

If you can do it yourself you can save ALOT of money, but you better be confident.
Other assumptions made. The kid really owns $100 in tools to work on the bike properly. Has a shop manual and a great place like this to air it out.

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Old 02-02-2009, 11:13 AM
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ya man what happened?
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Open the radiator cap (when cool) and see if there's floating oil/residue around the opening. Sometimes a little seeps from one place to another through the water pump area. The reservoir tends to collect it since it comes off of the high point on the right radiator. If it's just a little oil I wouldn't be worried. A "milkshake" is different. Finding the source can be challenging, but I would start at the water pump first. It's pretty rare for a head gasket to blow on a Superhawk.
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:58 PM
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well this brings a question to mind. can you liquid glass a bike with a blown head gasket like you would an old car? not that it is a permanent fix but hey i drove an old vw fox 35,000 miles glassed.
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Old 03-11-2009, 03:26 PM
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okay, finally i can answer this question.

took off cap and there was not any residue that i could see floating around but i did notice a lil of the milky inside the cap, i took off bottom radiator hose, no milk in the hose or the top radiator hose, only in the resivor, fluid came out with a watery light green color appeared to be real old.

anyway i flushed with prestone and distilled water, and refilled with prestone 50/50 and flushed out the resivor out real good, so far no more milk.

took to the shop before the process and he stated that it doesn't look like a blown head gasket, just dirty, said i would know it it had a blown gasket.

So I guess everything is okay fellows.........ssswwwwhhoooo (hand wiping across face)!!!!!
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good news
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:14 PM
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Good news for sure.
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:21 PM
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1 milkshake averted, but have you changed to manual CCTs yet?...LOL
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:40 PM
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Glad to hear!! In the future, when you will inevitably need to work on your bike, my advice is to take a ton a pictures with a digital camera as you progress through the project at hand. If you forget what goes where, you can have something for reference! This has helped me a few times working on my jeep.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by j shizzy wizzy View Post
Glad to hear!! In the future, when you will inevitably need to work on your bike, my advice is to take a ton a pictures with a digital camera as you progress through the project at hand. If you forget what goes where, you can have something for reference! This has helped me a few times working on my jeep.


that will be applied........knowledge is power, and no i have not changed the cct's but that's one of my things to do this spring.

um trying to change the spark plugs now "ngk" but can't find a socket to fit that D#*n hole lol............any suggestions begore getting too far off topic
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that will be applied........knowledge is power, and no i have not changed the cct's but that's one of my things to do this spring.

um trying to change the spark plugs now "ngk" but can't find a socket to fit that D#*n hole lol............any suggestions begore getting too far off topic
Did you check your tool kit on the bike? Don't know, haven't looked, but all the Honda's I've owned before (lots) came with one.
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glad to hear it things turned out ok.
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don't have bike tool kit, ask dealer could i just order part ...........he replied i dunno.......asked about kit....um i dunno......i hung up the phone...poor *** customer service
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18mm thin wall socket
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my 18mm snap-on 3/8 drive fit perfectly. i put NGK iridum IX plugs in mine
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okay, finally i can answer this question.

took off cap and there was not any residue that i could see floating around but i did notice a lil of the milky inside the cap, i took off bottom radiator hose, no milk in the hose or the top radiator hose, only in the resivor, fluid came out with a watery light green color appeared to be real old.

anyway i flushed with prestone and distilled water, and refilled with prestone 50/50 and flushed out the resivor out real good, so far no more milk.

took to the shop before the process and he stated that it doesn't look like a blown head gasket, just dirty, said i would know it it had a blown gasket.

So I guess everything is okay fellows.........ssswwwwhhoooo (hand wiping across face)!!!!!
I did not see it in the post--but I hope that you did not use regular Prestone.It contains silicate(grit for the most part).Good for scrubbing cast iron blocks but really bad for motorcycle water pump seals.Do a Google search and you will find it mentioned in a ton of forums.Bite the bullet and use the Honda stuff and change it every 2 years.I have 3 Buds that have almost 150,000 mi. on Goldwings and no problems.I have seen pump failures on bikes with non silicate free stuff.Get caught cheattin and it will cost you in the end.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1FBBL73MQM This is why you need to change it every 2 years or so.It becomes acidic and attacks the aluminum.

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<regular Prestone.It contains silicate(grit for the most part).Good for scrubbing cast iron blocks but really bad for motorcycle water pump seals>

Didn't know that about the coolant. Thanks for the heads up.
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