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    I think Spencer has done very well keeping up and supporting your thread V.C.!

    The exhaust bolts I lube then if you snug with a 6" allan key you should be good.

    As we mentioned a check of the pump and a rad flush would be a good move, then as mentioned a stop leak is a good idea for those old cast aluminum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patch View Post
    I think Spencer has done very well keeping up and supporting your thread V.C.!

    The exhaust bolts I lube then if you snug with a 6" allan key you should be good.

    As we mentioned a check of the pump and a rad flush would be a good move, then as mentioned a stop leak is a good idea for those old cast aluminum
    systems.

    Not worry about asking us questions we enjoy spending you money from a distance
    Thanks patch got the exhaust fixed, and it isn't leaking at all anywhere. But it just did something it has never done. Was going up to the store about 5 miles away halfway there the temp gauge hadn't left the very bottom then all of a sudden it started climb all the way to the top quickly. So I stopped and the radiator was steaming a bit for a few seconds. What I've done so far is fix the hose, flush the rad and change the tstat. Would a water pump cause that to happen? or could it be something more serious?

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    I seriously doubt if it's more serious. It's either the thermostat won't open, defective, installed backwards, wrong one, or the water pump finally gave out. I personally would start with removing the thermostat like you did before and see what happens. Do you have the coolant petcock turned the right way? You'll be a pro at this soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpencerPJ View Post
    I seriously doubt if it's more serious. It's either the thermostat won't open, defective, installed backwards, wrong one, or the water pump finally gave out. I personally would start with removing the thermostat like you did before and see what happens. Do you have the coolant petcock turned the right way? You'll be a pro at this soon...
    I didn't think you could install it backwards. I'm pretty sure the petcock is the right way. The one on my bike is really chewed up, someone must have tried to turn it without loosening the lock screw. I have been setting it as ON being with the writing upwards with the end of the end of words facing 2 oclock. And OFF the writing is upside down with the start of the words facing 2 oclock. The tstat I got was the exact size. I dropped it in with the spring end down

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venture Capitalist View Post
    I didn't think you could install it backwards. I'm pretty sure the petcock is the right way. The one on my bike is really chewed up, someone must have tried to turn it without loosening the lock screw. I have been setting it as ON being with the writing upwards with the end of the end of words facing 2 oclock. And OFF the writing is upside down with the start of the words facing 2 oclock. The tstat I got was the exact size. I dropped it in with the spring end down

    "Thanks patch got the exhaust fixed, and it isn't leaking at all anywhere. But it just did something it has never done.
    Was going up to the store about 5 miles away halfway there the temp gauge
    hadn't left the very bottom then all of a sudden it started climb all the way to the top quickly. "
    OK we'll start here: the thermo switch is an inline a unit (at least in my manual) when the engine heats up the flow from the pump drive the hot fluid to the rad and past the switch which is in fact a resistor which alows for more curent to flow thru and feed the meter. If as you say the meter was disturbed then there remains a problem to address? perhaps
    So I stopped and the radiator was steaming a bit for a few seconds. ​The rad was still cold as in your mild winter cold, so as it warmed it may have just melted some ice that had accumulated from condensation? Then as it evapped the steam you saw diapered! likely
    If the engine is overheating then the rad will boil over and the engine will ping like that of a car with loss of power.

    "What I've done so far is fix the hose, flush the rad and change the tstat. Would a water pump cause that to happen? or could it be something more serious? " Yes the pump will cause over heating issues.

    Now important to run the correct 50/50 mix or slush will result on the rad, the sudden input of hot coolant transfer will cause a thermo shock and the rad can split.
    The bypass sounds like you need to verify it is in the correct position, take a look at how it made or shows in the book, mine show OFF not onand there is an alignment mark at 2 o'clock. It needs to allow a constant flow this help control the thermo cycling by maintain a closer consistent combustion temperature near the combustion chambers. In other words we don't want the combustion chamber mass to keep cycling thru ups and downs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patch View Post
    "Thanks patch got the exhaust fixed, and it isn't leaking at all anywhere. But it just did something it has never done.
    Was going up to the store about 5 miles away halfway there the temp gauge
    hadn't left the very bottom then all of a sudden it started climb all the way to the top quickly. "
    OK we'll start here: the thermo switch is an inline a unit (at least in my manual) when the engine heats up the flow from the pump drive the hot fluid to the rad and past the switch which is in fact a resistor which alows for more curent to flow thru and feed the meter. If as you say the meter was disturbed then there remains a problem to address? perhaps
    So I stopped and the radiator was steaming a bit for a few seconds. ​The rad was still cold as in your mild winter cold, so as it warmed it may have just melted some ice that had accumulated from condensation? Then as it evapped the steam you saw diapered! likely
    If the engine is overheating then the rad will boil over and the engine will ping like that of a car with loss of power.

    "What I've done so far is fix the hose, flush the rad and change the tstat. Would a water pump cause that to happen? or could it be something more serious? " Yes the pump will cause over heating issues.

    Now important to run the correct 50/50 mix or slush will result on the rad, the sudden input of hot coolant transfer will cause a thermo shock and the rad can split.
    The bypass sounds like you need to verify it is in the correct position, take a look at how it made or shows in the book, mine show OFF not onand there is an alignment mark at 2 o'clock. It needs to allow a constant flow this help control the thermo cycling by maintain a closer consistent combustion temperature near the combustion chambers. In other words we don't want the combustion chamber mass to keep cycling thru ups and downs!
    Ok, I've checked and triple checked the alignment on the drain valve and yes I have been running it with it in the off position which the book says. The tstat does go in the the large spring end facing the ground correct ? I'm not 100% sure but pretty close that's the way I took the old one out. You know how when you check a car to see if the water pump is working you can just start it with the rad cap off and when it heats up see if the water starts circulating. I suppose the same should be true for a bike? I was look at the manual on water pump disassembly. It says to take off the gear and the impeller shaft and remove all the deposits. I could go that far do you think that might help? I don't have one of those circlip tools but you can use a screwdriver can't you? I would want to go as far as the book on disassembly talks about, into the seals and everything, the seals are probably good anyway, I don't have any oil in my water or any water in my oil and no leaks anywhere

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    You seem correct in all your assumptions. I personally have never had any of this apart on my bike, so I certainly don't want to give bad advise. Seems the first and easiest check is to take out the TStat and take it for a drive. Seems when you put the new one in is when your new issue began ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venture Capitalist View Post
    Ok, I've checked and triple checked the alignment on the drain valve and yes I have been running it with it in the off position which the book says. The tstat does go in the the large spring end facing the ground correct ? I'm not 100% sure but pretty close that's the way I took the old one out. You know how when you check a car to see if the water pump is working you can just start it with the rad cap off and when it heats up see if the water starts circulating. I suppose the same should be true for a bike? I was look at the manual on water pump disassembly. It says to take off the gear and the impeller shaft and remove all the deposits. I could go that far do you think that might help? I don't have one of those circlip tools but you can use a screwdriver can't you? I would want to go as far as the book on disassembly talks about, into the seals and everything, the seals are probably good anyway, I don't have any oil in my water or any water in my oil and no leaks anywhere
    As You see I've done a bit of cold weather riding over the years

    If you have already used a rad flush then the deposits should be gone.

    Yes the spring points down.

    At the moment and from this distance I am not certain that the Tstat is bad, but you could do as Spence mentioned run it without, leaving the bypass alone.

    Again from here, we are trying to accept that 2 heat coils are failing, one on the rad and the other on the new Tstat? Cause if the stat is failing then you will have a boil over at the expansion tank, right?!

    And I don't know if I trust the reading of the gauge at this point after you mentioned you had an issue?

    Make sense? What cha think?
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    yep I think i'll got take it out and give it a try, thanks spencer. my temp gauge does work patch it's just that when I took the speedo apart to grease the cable I put the needle onto the spindle in a little lower position so I didn't go as high but it had never just shot up all at once like that. Is that your Suzuki, looks kinda like a venture. is that cold weather that's causing that steam or a blown head gasket?

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    No man, that just cold weather up in Northern Ontario, where the Bear rent motel room to stay warm

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    Just a thought, but I've seen my Venture do this low-temp/blast off thing after mucking around with hoses and t-stats. Mine was an air pocket that once it burped out, all I had to do was top off the antifreeze and all was good.
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