gl1500 missing after presure washing

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gl1500 missing after presure washing

Post by estutz » Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:58 pm

Shortly after washing my bike at the locah car wash my bike devolped a low speed miss has any body else had this problem? Did i ruin my spark plug wires this is what it acts like?

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Re: gl1500 missing after presure washing

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:33 pm

Motorcycles should not be washed with a pressure washer. And now you know why.

You might have blocked drain holes in the spark plug wells. Pull each plug cap off, one by one, and check that the hole in the bottom of the plug well isn't blocked. You can use a fine wire to clean/unblock any of the drains.

Other than that, wait for the bike to dry, and hope the problem goes away.

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Re: gl1500 missing after presure washing

Post by Mh434 » Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:35 pm

Pressure washers are also known to drive water, soap & chemicals past motorcycle seals, into wheel bearings etc. I know of a H-D engine that was destroyed by the use of a pressure washer.

As to what to do? WingAdmin nailed it, IMHO. I used to have a Yamaha (with no covers or drains existing for the plug wells) that would immediately drop into "run-home mode" (popping, crapping, etc., and only on one cylinder - the other would shut off entirely) at the first hint of rain. It was always fine once it dried out...

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