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cwthiessen
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Engine oil

Post by cwthiessen » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:16 pm



I am new to Goldwings and I need to know what oil to use and more importantly, where to check and add the oil? I know this sounds dumb but the only place I can see an access plug is behind the cylinders on the right side,
and it looks like the transmission to me. I don't want to screw something up.



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virgilmobile
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Re: Engine oil

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:54 pm

The window has a wiper you turn to clean it.Oil level is viewed through it.
Check oil level when the bike is on the center stand only.
Oil is put in through the fill cap above it.
The engine and transmission are in the same oil bath.
Use only high grade oil as specified in the manual.





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virgilmobile
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Re: Engine oil

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:04 pm

Your gonna get lots of advise from a lot of people about your bike.
Mainly it's preparing the bike for a safe and dependable ride.
The most important things are...
Replacing the timing belts..a absolute must.
Replacing every drop of fluid in the bike..eg.Engine oil,fork oil,brake fluid,gear oil in the rear end..etc.
Lots of general service too.
Date code the tires...Dry rot problem...
Electrical connections..Don't want a dead bike on the trip.
The list goes on and on...
By the way.Love that bike ...had one..miss it..
And welcome to the site.

cwthiessen
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Re: Engine oil

Post by cwthiessen » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:22 pm

Thanks, the illustrations are very helpful. Feel more confident now, couldn't see oil at the fill plug but it registers in the sight window.

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badandy
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Re: Engine oil

Post by badandy » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:51 am

The most important thing is to stay away from automotive oils with friction modifiers in them. They wreak havoc on wet motorcycle clutches. Motorcycle specific oils are ok, but pricey. Diesel engine oil is popular on old bikes. They are formulated for extreme conditions and contain no modifiers. Popular ones are Shell Rotella and Chevron Delo 400.

Brand is a matter of choice.

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Fred Camper
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Re: Engine oil

Post by Fred Camper » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:30 pm

Rotella T6 has worked very well for me on my old GL1000 bikes. I agree with badandy.

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Re: Engine oil

Post by harvey01 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:56 am

cwthiessen wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:16 pm
I am new to Goldwings and I need to know what oil to use and more importantly, where to check and add the oil? I know this sounds dumb but the only place I can see an access plug is behind the cylinders on the right side,
and it looks like the transmission to me. I don't want to screw something up.
This is not an answer to your question but a suggestion. Read the owners manual if available. If not check with: www.helminc.com
as they sell the original Honda Owners manuals and service manuals. Yes you may find a cheaper one perhaps download one online, but you may need it when the computer is not available. Plus it is just easier to hold the manual, read it and compare with the bike. If you plan to do all of your maintenance on your Wing, the Service manual can be a great assist and pay for itself in one easy job. Labor costs today are between $80 and $100 an hour so it only takes that first hour to get your investment back. Besides it the time ever comes to sell you can mention that the Owners Manual is with the bike.


harvey
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