oil leak from starter


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jamesock
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oil leak from starter

Postby jamesock » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:41 am



Goldwing docs is fantastic. I have been so grateful for the many useful "how to's". I read them just like a book - for interest and entertainment!
Just got an '83 GL1100 and had the starter motor rebuilt. Now there are drops of oil coming from the bottom bolt which holds the starter to the engine. It the end cap gasket which is the culprit?
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RBGERSON
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Re: oil leak from starter

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:59 am

i doubt it's coming form the starter. More likely the shift seal is leaking and dripping down the engine case to the bolt. Easy fix...
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jamesock
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Re: oil leak from starter

Postby jamesock » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:08 am

Thanks for that tip. But when I loosen the bolt on the starter the oil really starts dripping.

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Re: oil leak from starter

Postby indianakid » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:46 pm

If the bolt circled in red is the on you are referring to it should not be leaking any oil………..

UNLESS some one tried to repair damaged threads by drilling out striped threads and installing a helicoil or just drilling deeper and threading for a longer bolt. Ether way the hole is now through to the crankcase. Not a big problem as long as they were careful and did not leave any chips in the crankcase and did a good job so that the threads are properly restored.

What I would do is drain the oil or provide support to lean the bike to the right so the bolt can be removed with out having oil pouring out. Using a Q tip type swab and solvent clean and inspect the threads to verify they are in serviceable condition. Do the same for the threads on the bolt. Using silicon or your favorite gasket sealer apply sparingly to both threads and reinstall being careful not to over torque.

Verify oil level is correct, put gas in it and ride !!!!
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RBGERSON
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Re: oil leak from starter

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:30 pm

Yep the only way that leaks oil is if someone drilled it out into the crank case..an o ring on the bolt may solve the problem..get nitrile or better yet vitron o ring. Or a said above a sealer on the threads
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Re: oil leak from starter

Postby jamesock » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:11 pm

Thanks RB for the advice. Just got some thread sealer and will try tomorrow morn.

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Re: oil leak from starter

Postby jamesock » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:01 pm

It's the lower bolt that you circled in red in your previous picture, that I am dealing with. Removed the bolt and cleaned as you described, added thread sealant, but now the bolt doesn't tighten up - suspecting the thread on the case in stripped. Will try it out and see if the sealant and o-ring help.

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Re: oil leak from starter

Postby jamesock » Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:01 pm

Just took the bike for a test run after using blue gasket sealant and and o ring . . . all is well, no drip, dry as a bone. That musta been it. Thanks for the help.




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