Thread: coolant leak.....from where?
09-23-2009, 12:45 PM #1
coolant leak.....from where?
I seem to have a pretty bad coolant leak and just can't seem to find where it is. Josh took my ski out couple weeks ago to do some testing and he said there was a lot of coolant in the hull. so we added a little and he did another pass and the bottle was empty again. I took off the thermo housing and found one of the plastic feet things was broken and created a bad seal. so i thought i had it fixed, i smoothed it all out and put it back together. tested the ski yesterday after adding the coolant and everything seemed good. i did a couple passes and coolant went doen just a little. So today i took it out to test out my new prop from Speedfreeks and i did a bunch of passes ski ran great. came back to the beach and the coolant bottle is empty again and coolant is inside the hull!!!! it only seems to do it once the ski gets real hot and after doing a bunch of speed passes. anyone know where it could be coming from?
09-23-2009, 12:51 PM #2
09-23-2009, 12:55 PM #3
09-23-2009, 12:55 PM #4
+1 on reid's comment.
Probably a blown head gasket and probably the reason Josh assumed your Riva catch can was garbage in this post
and the reason you were spewing oil everywhere
Another scenario is you could have your coolant lines crossed on the thermostat. Follow the hose coming from your over flow tank and make sure it's on the forward most fitting on the side of the thermostat. I see many people put it on the rear most fitting and the oil cooler hose onto the front fitting and when this happens you will spew out coolant under hard acceleration.
Also, if this is the case then you were getting a slight overheat of the oil and that's the reason your "garbage" catch can was spewing oil
09-23-2009, 01:02 PM #5
dont know of a TEST but i know if u got coolant coming from that bottle over flow tube under a load its over for that head gasket and it needs to be changed...especially IF your lines are hooked up properly .....use Permatex copper coat when u do it Bro! good luck my man!
09-23-2009, 01:06 PM #6
09-23-2009, 01:07 PM #7
09-23-2009, 01:17 PM #8
Dude sometimes thats the nature of the GAME................it SUCKS A$$ but it happens to everybody and dont let anyone tell u different........... PERMATEX COPPER COAT..............in this particular case its like your DOG............mans BEST FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!............ hahahahahahahaha.............. handle it Homey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
09-23-2009, 01:34 PM #9
does the ski run any different when the head gasket goes? like rpms or anything? just more couirous then anything. i will be getting on this very soon!
09-23-2009, 01:41 PM #10
if it were injesting/pulling coolant into the cylinders it would lose rpm's more often then not BUT in your case its most likely pressurizing the coolant system...... so its BLOWING combustion/exhaust into the cooolant system........ JUST ENOUGH to cause it to pressurize & over flow/puke coolant into the hull......a VERY SMALL pin blow out can cause this easily................... get it fixed!
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