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Can a bad head gasket on a 2014 arctic cat prowler xtx 700

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can a bad head gasket on a 2014 arctic cat prowler xtx 700 cause the motor to overheat at full throttle, does not overheat when at half throttle or less. It takes about 2 miles at full throttle to overheat then I drive at half throttle and it cools down
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

Hi, My name is ***** ***** for the delay.

I will do my best to assist you.

does the cooling fan come on?

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

do you ever need to add coolant?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i did once but the last two time i took it out i didn't have to
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
the fan is on and fuses are all good
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

ok.

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

the one time you had to add coolantt,is that because it boiled out the coolant?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

ok.

does coolant flow in the radiator even when it is cold?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
not sure i wait for the thermostat to open before i look for flow
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

i was thinking the thermostat may be stuck open,,this is why i wanted to know if it flowed cold.

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

i dont think you have a blown head gasket..

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I wont be able to check as im working 3 hours from my home wont be back there till saturday
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

i think you may have one of two possible problems..

1-the thermostat is sticking open letting the coolant free flow[not giving the radiator time to cool the coolant]..or

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

2-the radiator itself is clogged on the inside[some of the core may not be flowing

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
There is only 200 miles on the machine 30 hours
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

i see,,,

replace that thermostat

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
thank you i'll try that
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

you are very welcome

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thanks i will leave you a rating
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

thanks

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
sorry i haven't sent a rating yet. but i wanted to see if that fixed the problem first. I have replaced the thermostat and the sencor. that did not help so i took out the rad and cleaned it then had it looked at and this is in good shape so now i don't know what to do next
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

there is now nothing left but the head gasket,,

it is possible for the head gasket to be blown from the cylinder to the water jacket,thus casing the compression to blow into the cooling system causing the pressure to equalize stopping the coolant from moving

thanks

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
thanks i will try that and let you know and then i'll give the rating
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

you ar very welcome

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 11 months ago.

thanks

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