Engine oil


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grandpa
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Engine oil

Postby grandpa » Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:27 am



GL 1000 /78 Interstate. See menbers picture
I bught the GL in August and now want to check the oil level. But I am not shure if I am blind but I can't find the Engine Oil sight glass.
I found the oil filler cap and I can see there is oil ind the gearbox but is it enough.
In the Owners Workshop Manual it sayes the Sight Glass is in the right-hand crankcase, but where, that is the question.
:ugeek: :?:
Grandpa



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grandpa
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Re: Engine oil

Postby grandpa » Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:56 am

I have foud the glass.
I am used to work on fighter airplane and I may say that working on a GL is allmost the same.So I feel home working on my GL.
And I am getting more and more satisficed with the bike.
Have fun.
Grandpa :D

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Re: Engine oil

Postby goldtr6c » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:07 pm

You might want to try one of those after market dip sticks from J C Whitney. I ve installed several of these for folks just get tired of getting down on their knees and praying to the sight glass god. I will recomend refilling the the oil minus 1qt. Start the engine for a bit and then check the dip stick. Take a file and mark the '1qt low spot". Add the final qt. and check and mark the dipstick at the full spot. I haven't seen a add on dipstick yet that was marked properly.

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Re: Engine oil

Postby TKM » Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:17 am

Hey Grandpa
your bike looks like a great find . Checking the oil with these bikes on the main stand is a pain for sure , I carry a small flashlight in my tool tray
Remember it has a wet clutch so oil changes should be with motorcycle oil or equivalent- when i drag a new to me Goldwing home the first thing i try to do is change the timing belts & fluids
Enjoy the great bike
Terry

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Re: Engine oil

Postby grandpa » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:09 am

Hi
Thanks to both goldtr6c and TKM. Im am trying to find a Dip Stick here en Denmark but it seems impossible. So after Christmas I will order one from J C Whitney.
We have lots of snow now so the bike is put away until spring.
Even it is a little early I will whish all a Merry Christmas ans Happy New Year
Grandpa

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Re: Engine oil

Postby bigphillip79 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:26 am

You can make one with an old car dip stick and keep it in your tool tray. Any one will do.
Just cut the dip stick so you have a short one about a foot long. At oil change leave it about a quart low. Turn the engine over for a bit to get the oil around. Stick the dipstick in the filler hole straight down to the bottom. Pull it out and make a mark at that point. Finish the fill with the last quart. put the dipstick in again and mark that point. Don't leave the dipstick in the filler with the engine running. Just for checking. Wipe it off and stick it back in your tool tray.

Works as good as anything else and probably won't cost you anything. You can also just make a dipstick out of a wire coat hanger. It'll work the same.

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Re: Engine oil

Postby sfruechte » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:41 pm

You don't really need 'motorcycle' oil, any good quality 10w40 motor oil will work and that's all Honda calls for. My 77 started with Skelly, then Getty, then Halvoline and now Castrol GTX and has 217,000 miles on the original clutch and engine. I don't think I ever even saw special 'motorcycle' oil until the 80's, well after these bikes were built.

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Re: Engine oil

Postby goldtr6c » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:59 pm

I have found that a lot of the heavier oils tend not to have any "friction modifiers" in them, like 20w-50 and some 10w-40s. BUT, this varies from brand to brand, so be careful. Read the labels code donuts carefuly.

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Re: Engine oil

Postby nhegge » Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:32 pm

Saw this same discussion on another site and what I came away with was as long as it's not light stuff ,10-30 or less yer ok . Though several were recomending Shell Rotella T 10-40(as in truck) , something about the effects of shear , shared sump in a wet clutch .
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Re: Engine oil

Postby silver eagle » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:31 am

I use the Shell Rotella 15w40 in my old wings and I LOVE IT !!! All I add is a can of STP Oil Treatment for insurance against wear. Never had a lubrication or slippage issue!

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Re: Engine oil

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:04 am

The BIG difference in oil is it's base.Castrol uses an alkaloid base material where Penzoil uses an paraffin base. Paraffin base has a undesirable chemical reaction with hot aluminum,where alkaloid base does not.Ever pull a valve cover and the whole inside has a yellow(heat transfer robbing)coating on everything?That's the paraffin base.An aluminum block will remain squeaky clean (and cooler running).I run penzoil in the cast iron blocks and Castrol in aluminum blocks.Just my 3 cents worth.Virgil




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