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Post by luv2rdmybamawing » Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:52 pm

Hey guys, name is Jared from Birmingham Alabama. I have a 93 gl1500 Aspenscade with chrome everywhere. :D My question is I have a squeak from the front that is driving me nuts!!! :evil: I know, most of you are gonna say do a search and it's the speedo cable, well, I went out pulled the covers and plastic off the front wheel, with instructions from the DIY articles which are wonderful!!!, and i undid the speedo cable and rode and it still made the same squeak. It's every time the wheel goes around it squeaks, ad the only thing that changes it is speed, faster it goes, quicker the squeak, below 10mph, it quits. Someone said it could be the speedo drive gear, so i pulled it off and lubed, still same thing. The real problem is, I can not recreate the sound with the bike not being driven, I can't get the wheel to spin fast enough in my shop. What do you guys with all the experience think, because I am to a wall. Thanks again for all the wonderful articles and the help on this!

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Post by cbx4evr » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:08 pm

Wheel bearings? I'm just throwin' that out there.
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Post by Mag » Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:07 am

Wheel bearings like CBX said or brakes...that is all it could be. When I got my bike, after working out all the squeaks and such, I had noise coming from the front wheel (hard to tell where when riding) and then, stupid me, I kept riding, and braking hard on front brakes to see if that was the case....and it stopped. 3k miles later, and still no sounds from the front, so it must have been the brakes, break pads, etc.

Nice ride by the way, welcome to the group! and keep polishing :shock:

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Post by redial » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:54 am

I concur, nice ride.

Perhaps the squeak is caused by the slippery nature of the gw going through the air - just saying!
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Re: Newbie with Question

Post by luv2rdmybamawing » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:35 pm

Thanks, I'm having the tire replaced this week on the front, and i had already ordered a speedo cable, since I just knew that was hit haha :lol: anyways, I think I'll have them check the bearings and replace that gear drive while they have the rim off. Can't hurt anyways, it's got 107k miles on it, so a $25 part isn't a travesty. Thanks for the compliments, I do love my bike and yes, it is a lot of polishing/cleaning, but the lemon pledge thing works amazing and I had never heard of it until i found this forum. Thanks again, I'll let y'all know what i find out.

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Re: Newbie with Question

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:40 am

Try gently touching the brakes (both front and rear, as the rear actuates one of the front) and see if the squeak disappears. When I say gently, not enough to actually slow the bike down, just enough to stop the pads from floating. If the squeak disappears, chances are it is something going on with brakes.

Otherwise, the only thing left is wheel bearings. Have you checked your wheel bearings to see if they are worn? See: How to replace your front wheel bearings

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Re: Newbie with Question

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:47 pm

I wonder if it's possible that part of the sidewall of the tire is squeaking on the rim....At the edge of the bead contact area.
Just a thought...Spray some soapy water on the bead,both sides,run it down the road.....

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Re: Newbie with Question

Post by thrasherg » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:17 pm

I would be checking the brakes also, it is quite common for dirty brake pads to develop a squeak. If you ride the bike until it starts squeaking, then lightly apply the brakes, does the squeaking stop? If yes you probably need to remove both brake calipers and give the pads and calipers a good clean and blow dry.. If applying the brakes does not effect the squeak, then wheel bearings are probably a good culprit..


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