Washer fell into intake GL1100I


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Washer fell into intake GL1100I

Postby Mreguest » Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:33 pm



While removing my carbs (GL1100I) and intake boots, a small washer fell into the intake opening of the head. I am in search of suggestions for the least intrusive way to remove this guy. I'm guessing head removal. Also, could this washer prevent the engine from turning over, as if I had a bad starter motor? Thank you in advance!



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Re: Washer fell into intake GL1100I

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:55 pm

Mreguest wrote:While removing my carbs (GL1100I) and intake boots, a small washer fell into the intake opening of the head. I am in search of suggestions for the least intrusive way to remove this guy. I'm guessing head removal. Also, could this washer prevent the engine from turning over, as if I had a bad starter motor? Thank you in advance!


I would call head removal intrusive!!

And yes, the washer will prevent the engine from turning over - so don't try it. It could damage valves, piston, conn rod or bearings in the process.

You can try fishing a "magnet on a stick" down in there. Or take the spark plug out, put a shop vac over the intake where the washer dropped into, and let 'er rip. If that doesn't do it, keep the shop vac over the intake, and spray high-pressure air into the spark plug hole. The idea is to get the washer to flip around enough in there that it gets sucked up into the vacuum.

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Re: Washer fell into intake GL1100I

Postby dingdong » Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:13 am

Mreguest wrote:While removing my carbs (GL1100I) and intake boots, a small washer fell into the intake opening of the head. I am in search of suggestions for the least intrusive way to remove this guy. I'm guessing head removal. Also, could this washer prevent the engine from turning over, as if I had a bad starter motor? Thank you in advance!


Sounds to me like you have already tried to start the engine. That washer will get lodged under a valve and the damage is done.
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Re: Washer fell into intake GL1100I

Postby Mreguest » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:40 am

Thank you for the shop vac & compressed air idea. Although it didn't work, the idea is brilliant. As far as Mr. Dong's reply; I'm not sure what I am supposed to take away with that response, since it didn't answer the question I asked.

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Re: Washer fell into intake GL1100I

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Re: Washer fell into intake GL1100I

Postby dingdong » Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:07 am

Mreguest wrote:Thank you for the shop vac & compressed air idea. Although it didn't work, the idea is brilliant. As far as Mr. Dong's reply; I'm not sure what I am supposed to take away with that response, since it didn't answer the question I asked.


Sorry, I should have been more specific. Your question about the engine not turning over as if a bad starter motor made me wonder if you have already tried to start the engine and it wouldn't. If so there is a possibility the washer may have already lodged under a valve. What you don't want to do is turn the engine until the washer is removed. Just thinking out loud.
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Re: Washer fell into intake GL1100I

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:16 am

I thought I replied to this. I looked on EBay, and you can buy a camera on a 2 meter length of cable that plugs into a USB port on a computer for less than 15 dollars. Some even come with a mirror attachment that allow for viewing at 90 degrees to the normal view of the camera head. There were several that have 4-6 LED lights on the front to light up the viewing area so you can see really well in dark places.

Depending on the size of the washer, being dropped into the intake port where the carburetor connects to the head probably won't allow for it to pass into the cylinder by way of the intake valve. Of course, now that I've written that, you'll probably find the washer in the cylinder... I do not know if these cameras are available at a place like "Best Buy" or Radio Shack, but I imagine it wouldn't take too much effort to find one locally (maybe even at an auto parts store or Harbor Freight?) and although it will likely cost more to buy it locally than to get it off the Internet, but either option is less expensive than pulling the head(s) in order to retrieve the washer.

That's all I've got.

Mreguest wrote:Thank you for the shop vac & compressed air idea. Although it didn't work, the idea is brilliant. As far as Mr. Dong's reply; I'm not sure what I am supposed to take away with that response, since it didn't answer the question I asked.


I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.


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