water in oil


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micky31u
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water in oil

Postby micky31u » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:58 pm



just got 1982 goldwing gl1100 oil looks like chocolet milk shake,is this a common problem and most likly how is the water getting in oil



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dnehasert
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Re: water in oil

Postby dnehasert » Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:23 pm

Could be a waterpump failure or a head gasket. If you have white smoke coming out off the exhaust on one side, heaadgasket bad.
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Re: water in oil

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:28 pm

Pull your spark plugs and check their condition. If you have one (or more) plugs that looks sparkling "steam" cleaned, then that cylinder most likely has a failed head gasket.

Do you have any leakage from the weep hole under the water pump?

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Re: water in oil

Postby DragonRider » Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:04 pm

If you get alot of water into air filter area you can get some water leaking into oil, however to turn oil milky you would need to get alot of water into oil quickly.

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Re: water in oil

Postby jlw8900 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:59 pm

I just had the same on my 83 GL1100A. In one of my manuals it said the only place (if your not burning it)water can get into the oil (which makes it look like a bad chocolate milk) would be the o-rings on the water pump.
They were right and I'm up and running again. I found one of the two o-rings not setted and I'm sure this was the problem. Follow water pump R & R.

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Re: water in oil

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:18 am

jlw8900 wrote:I just had the same on my 83 GL1100A. In one of my manuals it said the only place (if your not burning it)water can get into the oil (which makes it look like a bad chocolate milk) would be the o-rings on the water pump.
They were right and I'm up and running again. I found one of the two o-rings not setted and I'm sure this was the problem. Follow water pump R & R.


In theory, if the water pump system is working correctly, it should never allow the mixing of the two - if either the oil side or the water side O-rings fail, the oil or water (as the case may be) should just leak out the weep hole. Same thing goes if the internal seal inside the water pump fails, the resultant leak should just exit through the weep hole. Of course, nothing is perfect, and as a result you can end up with coolant in oil, or much less commonly, oil in coolant.

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Re: water in oil

Postby zvacman » Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:10 pm

I have a dime sized drop of coolant on the garage floor after any ride longer than say 35 miles. Oil looks good, coolant looks good, temp never goes past halfway. I don't have a jack (yet) and I can't really get under the bike to locate the leak. It seems to be in the area of the water pump. Can a water pump leak a little without anything serious being wrong?

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Re: water in oil

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:59 pm

zvacman wrote:I have a dime sized drop of coolant on the garage floor after any ride longer than say 35 miles. Oil looks good, coolant looks good, temp never goes past halfway. I don't have a jack (yet) and I can't really get under the bike to locate the leak. It seems to be in the area of the water pump. Can a water pump leak a little without anything serious being wrong?


It's quite possible that the leak is just so small that it's not really affecting anything yet. Keep an eye on your coolant level, as well as your oil. If you start to see a lot of coolant disappearing, or coolant in your oil (it will look like a chocolate milkshake), then it's time to replace the water pump (assuming that's where it's coming from).

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Re: water in oil

Postby DragonRider » Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:56 pm

I would also check that hoses are in good shape and clamps are tight. I had one that had a very small hole in lower Radiator hose, it was so small that once engine was hot it cooked the drops off before I saw them and once engine started to cool hole would close up leaving only a small drop under the bike.
You dont need much wash your bike real good and let it fully dry, spread baby powder everywhere on top of engine and under bike, start bike and get it hot, then look for wet powder. Once problem is found simply hose off the baby powder and go riding.




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