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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2012, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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antifreeze smell, help

I have an 09 XTZ 1000 with 800 miles. When I ride it I keep getting an antifreeze smell. I can not find as much as a pin hole leak anywhere and it is not using any from the coolant bottle. The motor is running good and strong. Any ideas. thanks
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2012, 04:22 PM
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My first guess is a blown head gasket. There was a bad run of cometic gaskets on the first year XTZ 1000's. I didn't see any leaks when mine blew but she ran a little hot and I had the smell. Do you have a water temp gauge on your cat? Do a search on this board and you will find some good info.

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I don't have a heat gauge, I don't see any signs of it running hot, is there a warning light that would come on? Would there be any signs of the motor running bad? Are there better head gaskets made for it now. thanks for the help, also is there a test that will tell for sure if it is a head gasket?
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Typically with a blown head gasket you can remove the radiator cap while running and see bubbles. This tells you your getting combustion chamber pressure into the cooling system. Use caution a warm system will have pressure under the cap.

Some one correct me, the you will have to be at operating temp and have the thermostate open to see this???



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I don't have a heat gauge, I don't see any signs of it running hot, is there a warning light that would come on? Would there be any signs of the motor running bad? Are there better head gaskets made for it now. thanks for the help, also is there a test that will tell for sure if it is a head gasket?
You won't necessarily get a limp mode (overheat 240 degrees) from the head gasket problem. Arctic Cat superseded the old gaskets with a new improved gasket. You can get them from your dealer. What Seth said is a good starting point to check for the symptoms of the head gasket failure.

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They also had problems with the water pumps, which was the case I had under warranty. I could always smell coolant and couldn't find a leak ether.
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They also had problems with the water pumps, which was the case I had under warranty. I could always smell coolant and couldn't find a leak ether.
Very good post. They had a rebuild kit that the dealers were doing for free because the pumps were leaking.

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Mine was changed under warranty as it leaked out of the weephole.



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I also had my water pump changed out under warranty. Could retorquing the head bolts help?
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I also had my water pump changed out under warranty. Could retorquing the head bolts help?
The head bolts are junk. I have been told not to re-use the factory head bolts cause they stretch so much. I switched then out for studs after I had the gasket problem.

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