Do I have a head gasket leak?


4 replies to this topic
  • BoyceLaForest

Posted June 19, 2007 - 05:02 PM

#1

I have a 83 honda XL600
The cylinder head shows what I think looks like a very small amount of oil in between the fins on the middle gasket... the bottom is fine and the valve cover is fine.. I cannot feel any air come out with my hand when I rev it up. The bike seems to run fine, how can I tell? Compression check or something even easier for free?

  • BoyceLaForest

Posted June 20, 2007 - 05:13 AM

#2

I checked out the clymer manual, apparently there is a oil passage right where the leak is... the gasket must not be seated properly, the leak is so minor that I will ignore it for now.

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  • BoyceLaForest

Posted June 29, 2007 - 08:05 AM

#3

I checked out the clymer manual, apparently there is a oil passage right where the leak is... the gasket must not be seated properly, the leak is so minor that I will ignore it for now.


I torqued the bolt that holds the middle of the oil line to head.. leak gone!
w00t!

  • martinfan30

Posted June 29, 2007 - 08:41 AM

#4

I torqued the bolt that holds the middle of the oil line to head.. leak gone!
w00t!


this happened to me before my last adventure ride! i was freakn out till i retorqued the banjo bolt! i like to loosen it after an oil change while cranking over engine to get oil up top quicker.

  • Motosprtman

Posted June 29, 2007 - 10:29 AM

#5

Good on ya for finding the problem and reparing it. As a side note, a leaking head gasket will usually result in rough idle and poor performance.





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