Problems with oil level view window


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Problems with oil level view window

Postby tarheel-cowboy » Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:45 pm



Hi Everyone,
I know this sounds like a newbe question. I've been riding Wings for years My first was a 1975 GL1000 that I won bike of the month on NGW.com Jan 2010. SgtAusley.
To my question: I was trying to check my oil today. I couldn't see any oil in that pain in the a** view window.
I couldn't see anything, so I added oil, Thinking I was low. After 4 qts, still nothing in the glass.
Has anyone had this problem, and what do I do to correct it?
I'm going to change the oil again! Using correct amount of oil and see if anything shows up in the window.
Thanks for the help.
Cowboy



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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby trashtruck » Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:03 pm

j.c. whitney has aftermarket oil dipsticks. i believe they mount right by the oil filter. no more guessing.
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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby indianakid » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:50 pm

ok i have held my opinion on this subject long enough. i have had an 81 and now an 83 and have put over 100k on each one. the 81 i bought new from B&E in Valpo. for the first year or so i checked the oil level every fuel stop. sold,it in 94 and bought the 83 in litchfield ill. So in the past 30 years i have changed the oil every 5k and not once have i had to add oil in between. so i cant remember when i stopped checking the oil level it was so long ago. now i just look under the bike before i ride and if there is no oil leaking out then it is just fine. every time i check the plugs they are nice and tan with no signs of burning oil. so i do not see the need for a sight glass or a dipstick. i can hardly believe that i am the only one who has owned goldwings that do not drip or burn oil. is there any one else out there that goes between oil changes with out adding oil???? or do you all have smokers that drip oil like a HD?

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:26 am

It is just plain hard to see the oil level in the window-period.
You can try to shine a strong flashlight in the oil fill at night, that can help. Or, as stated in previous post,buy the dipstick. Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby 22Speedy » Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:06 am

Did you know that the small screw in the middle of the glass is actually a small wiper that cleans the inside of the glass........try it

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:27 am

I Have a spare aftermarket oil stick..it's not pretty IE no chrome. but it works fits into the oil drain bolt hole..they all do. $15 plus shipping will save you a few bucks over new. PM if interested
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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:14 am

a dipstick might be worth a try for you....You can always take it back off if you don't like it.. :D

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:20 am

On my 5th Wing(75 1000,83 Int,84 Int,85 Aspy and an 89 1500) and never had to add oil between changes.I do however like to verify the level when changing the oil and not have to try and dump in the amount the manual says it takes.Other than that I never check the oil level.I do remember what a pain those windows were though.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby sperryunivac » Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:29 am

If you put in too much oil, the oil will not show in the windows because the line will be above Window.
You will need to drain the oil and start again. Then watch closely for the oil to start appearing in the window as you get close to the specified amount as shown in the manual.
Don't ask me how I know this.

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby tarheel-cowboy » Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:13 pm

Thanks to everyone for the advice. I didn't know that the screw was a wiper. I thing I have figured out the problem. I use Vavoline oil, which when hot is almost clear. Or at the very least is the same color as the oil stained metal inside the glass. When I checked this morning and with a cold engine, the oil was darker and easier to see. By the way there was far to much oil. I changed the oil again.
I guess I need to take the advice of the a few on here, and quit worring about the oil level, and enjoy the ride.
Again thanks to everyone.
Cowboy

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:31 pm

Yes, you should fill the crankcase with oil until it shows at the "full" line as shown here, and no further. If the window on your indicator is too dirty, put a small screwdriver on the flat screw in the middle, and turn it - this will operate a wiper on the inside of the window, which will clean the dirt away.

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby 22Speedy » Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:40 am

Oil level should be checked on center stand or atleast held straight upright..

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby patbrandon1 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:06 am

Mine came with a dipstick, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I go through about a half a quart between oil changes, but I still like to check it once a week. Just like I do for my car, and truck. You just never know.

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby patbrandon1 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:16 am

RBGERSON wrote:I Have a spare aftermarket oil stick..it's not pretty IE no chrome. but it works fits into the oil drain bolt hole..they all do. $15 plus shipping will save you a few bucks over new. PM if interested


Buy that dipstick, and you won't regret it. Your knees will thank you for it later in life. :D :)

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:09 am

I know you guys have seen this but I will show it anyway just for kicks..I modified mine to view from above..Just a quick glance and I'm good to go.. :lol: Most people like to keep things the way they are designed for..I think differently..Or I'm lazier... :lol:
Doesn't get much easier than this.. :lol: A bit Micky Mouse but it's for me and I like it..Why do this??? Because I can.....

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby patbrandon1 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:18 pm

littlebeaver wrote:I know you guys have seen this but I will show it anyway just for kicks..I modified mine to view from above..Just a quick glance and I'm good to go.. :lol: Most people like to keep things the way they are designed for..I think differently..Or I'm lazier... Doesn't get much easier than this.. :lol: A bit Micky Mouse but it's for me and I like it..Why do this??? Because I can.....


Weather it's because you're different, or lazy, that there is a great idea. You need to patent that. :D

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:37 pm

Naw, my friend Dan Filipi has a set up like it on his bike, I didn't see his when I did mine and I was then told of his,,so he had thought of it before I did,,, but I didn't copy him because mine doesn't look like his at all..his tube went way up to the top of his radiator I think..No Patient....We all share our stuff..... :D

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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:32 pm

I like it Beave, its an easy see sight glass.You can keep an eye on oil levels and you can see when its time to change the oil at the same time. 8-)
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Re: Problems with oil level view window

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:38 am

Someone asked me if it chances any on the side stand,,not really much maybe a tiny bit..I always check it before going out for a ride.. Tarheel What you have with you oil sight hole there is probably just a dirty lense, take Wingmans advice and just wipe it away and redo the oil and you should be great again..This is just for show and tell...I didn't intend to rob your post..




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