Over the holiday weekend, we took a family trip up to my favorite city, Salem, Massachusetts. I have been in love with Salem for as long as I can remember. I visited for my first time on my 8th Grade Trip to Boston.
My days and nights were warm and dreamy and magic. It was as though everything was coated with sugar and gold-dust. I remember living through that time and wishing that those days would never end. Hello, sweet friends! I hope that your October has been beautiful so far.
Marina started school last week. As usual, her path was very different from her brothers.
Roman started preschool when he was just 3-years-old at the Co-op at our church. I loved that program because it was play-based and it was just a few days a week for a couple of hours each day. Unfortunately, after…. In my last post, I introduced you to my guy.
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Today I want to talk about one of our favorite things to do together—camping. Since the boiling point of fluid is higher when pressurized, the manufacturer takes advantage of this by pressurizing the cooling system. The radiator cap keeps the coolant under pressure. If you think your bike has a cooling problem, the next step is to inspect the cap O-rings and gaskets for cracks.
A broken gasket means the cap can release hot coolant out the overflow where it exits as steam. Even if no broken gaskets are found, the radiator cap is still suspect. Overheating can be caused by a myriad of problems: a faulty impeller, coolant blockage, lean jetting, thrashed top end, bad coolant or a blown head gasket can all cause steam to be pumped out the radiator overflow house. Starting from the top, anything that impedes the speed with which the coolant flows through the radiator will cause it to overheat.
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Old, contaminated coolant can have such a low boiling point that it will spew out the overflow when the motor is used hard. If you have a water pump seal leakage, a quick check of your gearbox oil will tell you if water is leaking into the tranny.
Oil with water in it looks like milk. This is a personal call. If the level has dropped down to the top of the inner core structure, you could try to race, but first, borrow a radiator cap from a buddy, fill it up with water and have a friend signal you if it starts steaming. Snap On sells a coolant system pressure tester. The Snap On cap replaces the OE radiator cap.
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Use the Snap On hand pump to inflate the system to the maximum pressure listed on the radiator cap. Coolant will leak from wherever the fault is. If fluid comes out the overflow before reaching the blow-off pressure, the radiator cap is bad. A good race shop should have a cooling system pressure tester. Yes and no.
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A radiator repair shop can successfully weld a cracked tank or spigot, but leaks in the core are harder to deal with. The best way to repair a busted radiator is to replace it.
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Aluminum style radiator guards will protect a radiator from roost, tree branches and other obstacles, but they reduce air flow and can raise engine operating temperature by 10 degrees. Make sure that dirt has not filled up the open spaces between the radiator fins. If you find dirt, remove the front louvers and shrouds. Take a soft bristled brush and skim the dirt off by brushing from side to side, in the same direction as the fins.
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