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Offline barrypz

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Stop Leak
« on: November 17, 2011, 09:20:35 PM »
I've been following an interesting thread on SVRider for a few months.  It was titled "WTF in my oil filter" and showed a picture of an oil filter with red plastic chips.

Members suggested it was epoxy from the stator.  This subsequently proved correct.

Fast forward a couple months, the original poster admitted to a coolant leak that he used stop leak on, the large pelletized stuff

a subsequent engine tear down found some clogged cooling passages that overheated the stator causing the epoxy failure.

(My own personal last experience with stop leak was it killing my water pump in my F150.  I certainly did not save any money using stop leak)
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Re: Stop Leak
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2011, 09:37:20 PM »
I have never used the stuff. I always figured if it's plugging a leak then what else is it plugging up that it shouldn't be. I always just repaired the leak.
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Re: Stop Leak
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2011, 10:13:55 PM »
I always just repaired the leak.

+1 

And, it sounds like Barry will from now on as well. 
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Re: Stop Leak
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2011, 06:46:41 AM »
I've only used it on vehicles Ihad given up on anyway.  There was little point to fixing the truck when I was clunkering it out anyway, so I considered it an experiment.  I still lost, The clunker business took months so I needed the water pump.  Generally, I just fix the leak as well.
One might also notice that a bike has much less coolant than even a small car, so that is a lot of sludge to clog your passages.
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Re: Stop Leak
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2011, 09:26:01 AM »
My Dad used some kind of stop leak junk in the car he just gave me recently. Oddly, the coolant is always black!  :facepalm:
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Re: Stop Leak
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2011, 09:17:18 PM »
This was the oil filter picture that kicked it all off:

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Re: Stop Leak
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2011, 09:55:25 PM »
Looks like carmel chips if you ask me.
Did they also take a screw driver to that thing?
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