NEW "Chirping" Sound


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NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby 1grouch2u » Sun May 06, 2012 11:03 pm



It's always something, isn't it? I finally got my carbs back together and back on the bike- have put about 120 miles on it since than, anyway, went to synch them about 50 miles ago and noticed that the plug from the stator was all yucky/melted/burnt- it wasn't all too great when I put this motor in about 4 years ago, but had forgotten about it until while during synch'ing the carbs the thing wouldn't start- oops, (DUMMY) having the crash bars loose to get them out of the way of the little holes for the vacuum hoses... had left the ground cable (which goes to the same motor-mount bolt as the crash bars...) well, you get the picture!

Okay, now you know I'm constantly putzing around with this thing- tweaking this that or (and) the other- I'm not positive just when this started, but now it's making an odd "chirping" sound, similar to a lose spark plug (or heaven forbid a blown head gasket!) I've pulled and inspected the spark plugs, and my coolant and oil look good

What then, oh gurus of Goldwing, could be making this "chirping" sound? Any ideas would be appreciated- could it be coming from the stator? I seem to recall hearing this sound before, but can't recall much about it. I forgot to mention that I did repair the burnt up stator plug- using just yellow butt/splice connectors - I would've put back in a plug but couldn't find one- and I spliced the wires one at a time to be sure they went back the way they were.

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby RoadRogue » Mon May 07, 2012 12:38 am

I dont have an idea on your chirping sound ,but with the three yellow wires you should go back and remove the butt connectors . Just splice and solder the wires together. Insulate with shrink tube (the thick double wall stuff). it does not matter which yellow wire goes to which yellow wire, so mixing them up is OK. Butt connectors may work for a while but soldered connections are the proper way to do it.

Ok had a thought on the chirping sound, could it be one of the timing belt tensioner bearings acting up? Use a mechanics stethascope to isolate the sound. 8-)
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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby TheArtist » Mon May 07, 2012 1:24 pm

or it could be one of the cables ??

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby Fred Camper » Mon May 07, 2012 4:11 pm

Yes, a stethoscope to isolate the noise would be very helpful. If you think head gasket, a compression check can give that a clean bill of health.

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby JellyBelly » Tue May 08, 2012 1:18 pm

Run over any birds :-)

Hope you figure it out!
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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby 1grouch2u » Tue May 08, 2012 6:43 pm

Thanks guys- the weather here has been threatening rain so I have the bike covered up. My speedometer cable - come to think of it- did used to make a similar noise, and I'd have to pull over periodically and pour some motor oil down the casing. I'm kinda zeroing in on the tach cable or maybe the fuel pump- will verify my suspicions and get back to you with more details.

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby RoadRogue » Tue May 08, 2012 11:09 pm

we will be waiting when you get back to us, and please do get back to us and let us know what you find. It might help out the next rider with a similar problem. 8-)
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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby 1grouch2u » Mon May 14, 2012 7:32 pm

RoadRogue wrote:we will be waiting when you get back to us, and please do get back to us and let us know what you find. It might help out the next rider with a similar problem. 8-)


:? Don't mean to leave everybody hanging- I'm still pondering what it might be. -Which probably isn't good because either the sound is getting quieter or I'm getting used to it. We've been getting spotty rain lately so I haven't ridden it much, but will definitely follow up as soon as I know something. :?

Thanks guys, and as always feel free to chime right in if anybody thinks of something :roll:

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby 1grouch2u » Mon May 14, 2012 7:37 pm

Fred Camper wrote:Yes, a stethoscope to isolate the noise would be very helpful. If you think head gasket, a compression check can give that a clean bill of health.


I keep promising my doctor that I'll buy a blood-pressure machine- hmm... :oops: -that's as good a reason as any to break down and buy one, right? :mrgreen:

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby Fred Camper » Mon May 14, 2012 8:17 pm

Buy the blood pressure machine you need, and have them throw in a stethoscope. Yah, that's it...

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby 1grouch2u » Mon May 14, 2012 8:40 pm

Fred Camper wrote:Buy the blood pressure machine you need, and have them throw in a stethoscope. Yah, that's it...




http://www.walmart.com/ip/Veridian-Heal ... e/14321200
-cheapo, but less than $15.00 with separate stethoscope - I figure take the bottom off a shave cream can (the kind with the rubber plug/therefore concentric hole already, a kebab skewer or something... :lol:

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby Fred Camper » Mon May 14, 2012 9:02 pm

Bingo, good find. The cap idea is fine, but you may need something smaller too.

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 15, 2012 9:47 am

Just in case anyone reading this gets the wrong idea, the stethoscope we're talking about is a Mechanic's stethoscope. Instead of a diaphragm, it has a stick on the end, that you place on suspected engine parts, to figure out which one is producing the noise:

Mechanic's Stethoscope
Mechanic's Stethoscope

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby 1grouch2u » Tue May 15, 2012 11:32 pm

I guss I'm committed now to building another one of these things (so I can take some pictures).- cut the bottom off of a small shave cream can (about the same diameter as the diagram on the stethescope) and J~B Weld a piece of small rod in the hole where the rubber plug was- now attatch the new assenbly to the cheapo stethescope- not quite the same quality as the professional unit, but good enough to work well in a pinch. -Remember, I have to do most of this stuff on zero budget, so even though I'd rather go a better way, I just don't have the money!

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 16, 2012 10:01 am

The one I posted the link to above is on sale for $3.99. Not quite a zero budget, but pretty close! :)

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby 1grouch2u » Wed May 16, 2012 4:01 pm

WingAdmin wrote:The one I posted the link to above is on sale for $3.99. Not quite a zero budget, but pretty close! :)



Oh wow- that's definitely do-able! (Thanks~! I vaguely remembering having purchased something like that in Lisle, Blue Point, or something - off one of the tool trucks long, long ago, and of course it was in the "prohibitive" price range- if Harbour Freight or even the parts house has some cheap-o unit that would be great- thanks for the 'heads-up'

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Re: NEW "Chirping" Sound

Postby 1grouch2u » Thu May 17, 2012 7:48 pm

Hmm... isn't this just wonderful? I just (finally) went through my carburetors and stopped the bowl leaks that kept the top of my engine trashy- but yesterday I thought I smelled the faintest smell f gasoline before I took off, and today (just now) was sure I smelled gas- upon closer inspection I noticed a 'rust trail' coming from and below my fuel pump- doesn't look like it's been leaking very long- maybe the slightly increased pressure from the carbs finally holding fuel went ahead and made for the diaphragm in the fuel pump to start leaking. I'm guessing then that the "chirping" could be coming from the pump... and I might either start a new post (or/after checking the archives) to find out if a bad pump will put gas in the crankcase(?)




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