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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-11-2016, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Coolant in oil

Hello, I have a 1996 VN800A with a newer engine. There are approximately 10,000 miles on the engine. I have an overheating problem, and it appears that coolant has been getting into the oil. Is there a way to locate the problem before disassembling the engine? Also, could this be related to a valve adjustment 1000 miles prior to the trouble?

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Usually coolant in engine oil is due to a head gasket problem. Shouldn't be related to a valve adjustment procedure since that doesn't require removing cylinder head bolts unless that is needed to adjust the valves on the 800, which seems unlikely. Suggest re-torqueing the cylinder head bolts to see whether that solves the problem. I found those bolts on a previous bike to be under-torqued, which caused an oil leak.

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Thanks for the tip. I'm suspecting a head gasket, too. I wish there was a way to determine which cylinder is faulty.

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