Engine locked up now free

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Engine locked up now free

Post by mbkbuilds » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:44 pm

Hi all,

I had my engine lock up on my 1982 GL1100 up due to fuel in the oil. The rear wheel locked up and the engine now spins freely. I didn't have to do anything to free it up. What should I do next? I drained the oil and it was pretty diluted. I've had people tell me they think it hydrolocked from all of the gas. When I pulled the plugs it was coming out of the hole. Is it OK to put in fresh oil and start it up or should I do something else first? I don't want to do the wrong thing in case the engine is still good. I was thinking of fresh oil, squiting oil in the cylinders, and then trying to start it. Does that sound right?

Thanks, Mike

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Re: Engine locked up now free

Post by thrasherg » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:05 pm

Maybe I am stating the obvious, but you need to clean and fix the problem with the carbs, that filled the engine with gas in the first place.. I would be removing all 4 spark plugs, putting in new oil and spinning the engine on the electric start for a minute or so, just to ensure you now have new oil throughout the engine. Then I would put the plugs back in and try to start it. As long as you have fixed the cause of the gas getting in the oil and changed the old engine oil and filter, there isn't much else you can do. Just go gently on it for the first 100 miles to give everything a chance to heat up properly and bed in after it's little gasoline bath..


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Re: Engine locked up now free

Post by dingdong » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:01 am

After all is complete remember to ALWAYS turn the petcock to the off position. Even if you are stopped for just a few minutes.

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