Posts by Bigdog

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    Sounds like you might have a warped belt....:thumbsup: but I can’t swear to that...:/

    That figure is misleading....percentage wise motorcycle deaths are really high for the number of vehicles. Compared to the number of cars. They discuss that in the article. Even if you don’t die, you could still be severely permanently injured. I’m surprised by the amount of groin and pelvic injuries caused by the gas tanks...... yeouch.

    The only reason I bought mine was the dealer had a roof on it. I can’t see myself riding around with the sun constantly beating down on me. I’m not a sunroof or a convertible guy.

    I’m also feeling sorry for two wheelers passing by with all their gear on them...

    34.8 all the time for 63,500 miles except 26 when doing 80-90 on turnpike. 1320 header, Cat delete, Ingen cai.

    Years ago (1972) I bought a new Suzuki 90 motorcycle that got 60 miles to a tank. 10 years later I bought the exact same bike (1972) used that had many miles on got 90 miles to a tank. The motor must have been really loosened up. 30 miles is a big difference. A well broke in motor made the difference.

    Well, from other things I’ve read over the past 6 years of dealing/researching these gasket failures......

    You never heard of a large amount of gasket failures with the green antifreeze. The main issue is when they started using dissimilar metals in the motor and radiators. This causes galvanic action (slight electrical charges that produce corrosion) which produces way more corrosion in the cooling system. So they decided to use this organic acid mixture to reduce the rust. Sounds like the rust was building up causing clogs and hot spots. Which meant they had to replace too much stuff. Motors, radiators, water pumps, heater cores.....

    1. NOTHING WORKS...... GM will void your warranty if you don’t use the orange antifreeze. We do have a GM motor. Feel better now? The problem started when they added it at the factory.

    2. Switching over to the green antifreeze is actually worse because of the reaction between the two. This could cause even faster gasket and o-ring failure. You would have to do a very complete system flush which would be practically impossible. And you’ll still have the corrosion issue to deal with.

    3. It is my belief that our plastic tank leaking issue is a direct result of the orange antifreeze (organic ACID) eating/dissolving the welded seam. I don’t know how the two halves are put together whether it’s glue or heat welding. Polaris knows there is an antifreeze problem that’s why they have been changing our tanks under warranty. If the only problem we ever experience is the tank failures, then consider yourself very lucky.

    Since GM introduced their orange antifreeze there has been a steady increase in gasket failures, head gasket and intake. GM fully knows there is an issue. Some failures have been covered. Most not. GM is basically choosing to ignore the problem. If we ignore it, it’s not our problem.

    The bottom line is we’re screwed. There is no fix. Looking on the internet for GM gasket failure videos....vehicles with as low as 35,000 miles have experienced gasket’s going to come down to how lucky you are. But expect to have an issue somewhere down the road. I don’t know if, at some point GM started to use a better gasket to cure the problem. That costs money.

    If you smell antifreeze (that’s what alerted me to a problem) and can’t find the leak you need to do a pressure test on the system. That’s how my leaks were found. If you’re looking at a used GM vehicle to buy smell for antifreeze....RED FLAG.

    That said at different times I have smelled tiny whiffs of antifreeze while driving my SS. So I did buy a DDM aluminum tank. I haven’t replaced it yet but I’m ready.

    Changing my lower intake gasket in a full size GM van is about $1000.....that’s why I did my last one myself. The entire motor is directly under the dash board. You have to do most of the job kneeling on the van floor and reaching in across the radiator. Plus my mechanic told me when he did the first one....he could make more money doing 10 complete brake jobs. It comes down to the time involved.

    If you do need a gasket need to get good FELPRO gaskets with metal in them. GM uses cheap gaskets with plastic and that’s what the antifreeze eats away. Remember our tanks are plastic....

    I’ve also read about many 2.4 timing chain/tensioner failures. And heavy oil consumption. Bad Design. This is unrelated to the antifreeze issue. But something to look for. There is a fix for the oil consumption but GM doesn’t have it. And they won’t fix it. It’s related to the intake.

    They have stopped producing our engines. They do consider it a very successful engine over all.

    With 20,000 SS on the road 19,000 of us should have heard that noise on a regular Basis. We’ve all been wet. More than once. I’ve never heard that noise in 17,000 miles. I’ve been in heavy downpours. Many have way more miles.......anyone else heard that noise before?

    Maybe it’s taking that long for lubrication to reach the squeaky part...or to expand from heat.

    I don’t think it takes a long time for that belt to dry out with rotational friction and the angle drive heating up.

    Are there any nicks, missing teeth, splits or cracks or frays on the belt?

    We’ve all been caught in the rain and I’m very sure if that was causing the belt to make that funny noise we would all be very familiar with that sound.....we’re not it’s something else.

    You suspect it could be a defective belt?

    If it’s not a defective belt....I’m sticking with something bent, misaligned or loose. NOT water.

    Lets talk about antifreeze ....…eeze-gm-cars-7650783.html…4/2006/08/gm_dexcool.html…lar-coolant-12196331.html

    The biggest problem is the middle eats the GM gaskets.....vehicles with 35,000 have experienced gasket failures. This is the reason I’ve had 3 vans that needed the lower intake gaskets changed..a very common problem with GM vehicles...

    It’s eating the welded seams of our plastic over flow tanks.....that’s why I bought a metal tank from DDM....

    These tanks have been the subject of warranty replacements by Polaris...

    Probably because he thought it would keep him from exiting quickly in a fire.

    As far as Polaris issuing safety advice ... if they told you, you should wear this and that and have this and add this ... too many rules and regulations and requirements would scare many people away.

    So I’m sure they are advising the minimum to make everything is safe and legal to eliminate liability. And not hurt sales.

    Remember it’s always about the bottom line.

    I’m starting to question my mileage and why it varies from time to time. My driving style doesn't change much. I hit just over 30 the other day 29 the fill up before that, then back to 26 but I’m generally running 26 all the time. The amount of gas to fill it up varied also. So I’m wondering if the computer at some times is acting differently for some reason. 3 miles per gallon is a big jump.

    Does anyone see a big difference between city and highway driving? I do know if I’m on the turnpike doing 70-80-90 it drops. But mine swings every couple months. It jumps up high for 1-2 fillups then back down.

    I took mine out and found the line painting crew and immediately ran over the yellow line spraying yellow paint on my exhaust pipes....the rear end protector, swing arm and up under the back deck.....

    Had to get out the pressure washer to clean it up....last year I did it in white....