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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Riding With a Leaking Coolant Reservoir?

I ride a 2012 Goldwing. Checking my fluids yesterday I found my coolant overflow tank empty. Tried to refill it and it all immediately spilled to the floor due to a hole in the reservoir. Trailered the bike to the dealer. They have to order a reservoir but said that it's probably safe to ride if I watch the heat gauge. I rode it home. But I had a three day ride already planned. Do you think it's okay to go on the trip and just watch the gauge? If so, what if it gets hot?

Thanks for any thoughts on this.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-28-2019, 04:42 AM
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If the leak is just the overflow tank I would have no problem riding it until the tank is replaced. The purpose of the tank is to store the coolant that use to be dumped on the road when the coolant got hot. In the olden days you had to check the coolant regularly because it was dumped. Then when the coolant cooleddown air would be introduced into the cooling system. Now when the coolant gets hot it is dumped into the overflow tank. Then when the coolant cools down it is sucked back in to the system instead of air. This allows the system to work more effectively.

Once the tank is replaced make sure to check the coolant level.
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I would be careful. Any antifreeze that leaks and gets on the rear tire could be dangerous!
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May I suggest that you make a cheap insurance purchase for the future.............get a belly pan. That was one of a few things I purchased when I got my bike.
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Since you have a ride planned you might consider patching the leak with some sort of plastic repair. I'm a big fan of JB Weld. I've used it on a permanent fix many times.




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I would agree with the above if you can get at it.
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I have had good luck using Eternabond tape to stop plastic containers from leaking.

https://smile.amazon.com/EternaBond-...s%2C164&sr=8-2
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I have had good luck using Eternabond tape to stop plastic containers from leaking.

https://smile.amazon.com/EternaBond-...s%2C164&sr=8-2
You can also get it at most RV shops. They may even give you a small piece.
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You can also get it at most RV shops. They may even give you a small piece.


That stuff is amazing. I used it to patch a leaking RV canvas roof one time. Word of warning, where it touches it stays!!! Don’t plan on moving it around.

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Go to Walmart and get some flex seal. Then ride
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