Name of cover on engine?


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Name of cover on engine?

Postby ohiobiker » Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:40 pm



I have a 1984 gl1200 Interstate. I found a pin hole on the cover on my bike that must of been from a result of the previous owner hitting something. I just added JB Weld over the hole to stop the leak. If that doesn't help I will end up looking for a new part. The problem I am having is trying to identify the part I need to search for. The cover is the cover where the oil filter cap and thermostat of the radiator mounts to, on the front of the bike. Its a aluminum cover. Any ideas what this is called?
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Re: Name of cover on engine?

Postby 78AzWing » Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:36 pm

At the bottom of the engine behind where the lower hose connects is a weep hole that will tell you if your waterpump or seals are going bad. Is this what you are talking about? If so, you need to unplug it again.

If you have antifreeze leaking from there, or oil or both, that is an indication of a problem with the waterpump that needs to be addressed at the first opportunity.
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Re: Name of cover on engine?

Postby ohiobiker » Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:32 pm

That doesn't sound good. Maybe I fixed a leak but covered up another problem. thanks.

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Re: Name of cover on engine?

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:07 pm

I suspect you just plugged up your weep hole:

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As mentioned, this is supposed to be open, to allow coolant (or oil) to escape when the water pump seals are failing, instead of the coolant being forced into the crankcase oil (or vice versa). You should a) not run your bike's engine until you have unplugged this again, and b) read through How to remove and replace your water pump, because you're about to go through that process to fix your bike.

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Re: Name of cover on engine?

Postby ohiobiker » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:56 pm

yes I guess I did cover the weep hole. I assume I have to purchase a seal kit to rebuild the pump and drill out the weep hole. Not looking forward to doing this.

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Re: Name of cover on engine?

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:02 pm

ohiobiker wrote:yes I guess I did cover the weep hole. I assume I have to purchase a seal kit to rebuild the pump and drill out the weep hole. Not looking forward to doing this.


People have tried to rebuild the water pump, but I haven't heard of anyone yet who was successful. New water pumps are available from Honda still (DON'T buy a Saber Cycle crap one, they fail very quickly), and you'll need a gasket kit as well.

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Re: Name of cover on engine?

Postby ohiobiker » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:06 pm

Thanks..getting a new pump will be more sensible.

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Re: Name of cover on engine?

Postby 78AzWing » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:35 pm

check with www.crescentmooncycles.com and they should have everything you need.

Don't do SaberCycle. Bad rep for that one.
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Re: Name of cover on engine?

Postby willboy57 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:01 pm

Ohiobiker:

As the rest have said get an OEM Honda water pump and gasket kit. I never owned a goldwing before and bought an 87 Interstate. The PO replaced the water pump with an aftermarket one (Sabercycle). It started to leak like crazy. I got all the parts and studied the tutorial here on "How to change a waterpump". It is for an 1100 but it's basically the same procedure. TAKE YOUR TIME. Study the pictures and procedure 3 or 4 times before you do the work. Remember, it's for an 1100 so the 1200 will be a bit different (i.e. I found that I didn't have to remove the seat or the false tank). Work slowly and deliberately, make sure you clean the gasket service completely as in the tutorial. The job itself is not that difficult just tedious. I did mine and she works like a charm - and no leaks. Good luck.

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Re: Name of cover on engine?

Postby willboy57 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:17 pm

Couple other things: that cover that houses the water pump is called the front transmission cover; be careful as it is aluminum. Also, study the very last picture in the tutorial very carefully as it is the most important step of the whole process :D

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Re: Name of cover on engine?

Postby ohiobiker » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:53 pm

Thanks... I love this site.




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