bubbles in oil check window


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bubbles in oil check window

Postby glasshead » Wed May 27, 2015 8:05 pm



I have been trying to take care of a small oil leak at the clutch cover on my 83 Interstate. After a 20 + mile ride, I get down to see if I have solved the problem. While down there I check the oil level in the window and notice what looks like fairly big air bubbles at the top. They go away after I don't know how long because I usually don't think to check it again until the bike has sat for a while. Are the bubbles normal, or a sign of something I need to worry about?



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Re: bubbles in oil check window

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed May 27, 2015 8:18 pm

have you tried using a thin flat head screwdriver to rotate the wiper that's inside the sight window? if you do that you might get rid of the bubble and check to see if you have enough oil in your motor. i thought i had the same thing with my 83 aspy until i turned the wiper a couple of times and the bubble disappeared and i had to add about a half a pint of oil to the motor to bring it up to the correct level.

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Re: bubbles in oil check window

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 28, 2015 9:09 am

Do you have the bike overfilled with too much oil? If this happens, the crankshaft can whip the oil into a foamy mess, and that will limit the lubrication and cooling that is going on.

If it's just a bubble or two and they go away when you use the wiper, then I wouldn't worry about it.

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Re: bubbles in oil check window

Postby glasshead » Thu May 28, 2015 4:40 pm

It IS a little overfilled. By the time I get the oil leak from the clutch cover taken care of, (taking it off repeatedly to try to make the current new gasket work) I will probably have lost enough oil to bring it down where it should be. I am at the point of replacing the gasket again. The new one I put on must have gotten crimped or something around the bottom nut (not bolt) because the end of the gasket on the outside of the stud was chewed up and I get a little drizzle of oil from there. I will "bleed" a little off until it's where it should be if I need to. thanx.

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Re: bubbles in oil check window

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Thu May 28, 2015 6:13 pm

Off topic, but... when installing gaskets on my engines, I use a VERY thin (wipe on) coat of high temp. RTV to help with sealing...
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: bubbles in oil check window

Postby glasshead » Thu May 28, 2015 8:43 pm

That is exactly my next move. I am toying with using a sheet of gasket material and make my own at half the price. Or should I bite the bullet and just buy a new one?

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Re: bubbles in oil check window

Postby robertdawber » Thu May 28, 2015 9:44 pm

glasshead wrote:That is exactly my next move. I am toying with using a sheet of gasket material and make my own at half the price. Or should I bite the bullet and just buy a new one?

For 9.00? I would buy the new one. Tons on ebay.

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Re: bubbles in oil check window

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri May 29, 2015 7:13 am

heres the cover gasket you need. OEM # is 11393-463-000 and you can find it here........http://www.ebay.com/itm/HONDA-GL1100-GL ... 36&vxp=mtr and robertdawber is right, for $9.00 and change, its your best bet. get a new one, install it and you shouldn't have any more leaks from your clutch cover.

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