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A 1981 GoldWing Interstate 1100cc. Started would

A 1981 GoldWing Interstate 1100cc. Starter would not crank engine; pulled all plugs and cranked engine and some water came out of one sparkplug hole. Replaced plugs and engine started fine. Could be (1) head gasket (2) cracked head or (3) cracked block. No water vapor present when running; oil is not milky. After setting for 5 or 6 hours, same problem and same fix. Any ideas? What steps to follow? Maybe pull valve cover and re-torque head bolts? What about SteelSeal? Any good? Any danger about using it? Also, no loss of coolant in surge tank. 35K miles, never overheated and till now, no problems. Help!!

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Check the compression before tearing it down - the cylinder with the water will probably come up low.
It's very likely that the head gasket has failed. As a result (or the cause) it's also likely that the head has warped, it'll need skimming before rebuilding the motor

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