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Related Maintenance Items

Postby rampal55 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:53 pm



I am a fairly new to me 1995GL1500SE owner. I have used several of the tutorials in dong some maintenance on the bike. ie, rear tire, brakes, lubing rear drive unit, bleeding master cylinders and clutch cylinder... Now I want to tackle the timing belts as the PO told me he had replaced the belts when her got the bike at 52,000+ miles, I bought the bike with 68,000 + miles.. I don't really know if I should believe him or not. So with all this being said as I replace the timing belts is there any thing else I should go ahead and replace while i am in there (like water pump?), hoses, or anything i should pay close attention to? Any and all ideas would be appreciated.. thanks in advance... i looked all over the site and could not find a topic answering these questions so sorry if I overlooked.



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Re: Related Maintenance Items

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:30 pm

rampal55 wrote:I am a fairly new to me 1995GL1500SE owner. I have used several of the tutorials in dong some maintenance on the bike. ie, rear tire, brakes, lubing rear drive unit, bleeding master cylinders and clutch cylinder... Now I want to tackle the timing belts as the PO told me he had replaced the belts when her got the bike at 52,000+ miles, I bought the bike with 68,000 + miles.. I don't really know if I should believe him or not. So with all this being said as I replace the timing belts is there any thing else I should go ahead and replace while i am in there (like water pump?), hoses, or anything i should pay close attention to? Any and all ideas would be appreciated.. thanks in advance... i looked all over the site and could not find a topic answering these questions so sorry if I overlooked.


I'm sure you've read through How to remove and replace your timing belts. While not absolutely required, it makes the job much easier if you disconnect the coolant hoses in front of the timing belt covers - and this means you'll be draining the coolant. So you might as well flush the cooling system and replace the coolant while you're at it.

You'll also need to pull the spark plugs in order to turn the engine over by hand. No sense in putting in old plugs, they're dirt cheap, so get some new plugs as well.

Lastly, I would recommend replacing the coolant hose clamps. When I did my belts, the clamps were not exerting enough pressure once I replaced them, and I had small coolant leaks as a result. I put some high-quality stainless steel clamps on that I got from NAPA (not screw drive clamps!) and that was the end of that issue.

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Re: Related Maintenance Items

Postby jenagle » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:08 am

Not to hijack the thread, but why not screw drive clamps? Just asking.

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Re: Related Maintenance Items

Postby rampal55 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:19 am

Thanks for asking about the screw clamps as I was wondering also. What is your opinion on changing the water pump while in the area? Just want to get everything ready for the spring.. Again thanks to all for the information on this site...

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Re: Related Maintenance Items

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:13 am

jenagle wrote:Not to hijack the thread, but why not screw drive clamps? Just asking.


The main reason is that they are not capable of providing the amount of clamping force that a bolt-type clamp can:



I've had coolant hoses that I could not seal with a screw clamp, but that sealed right up using a bolt-type clamp.

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Re: Related Maintenance Items

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:45 am

WingAdmin wrote:
jenagle wrote:Not to hijack the thread, but why not screw drive clamps? Just asking.


The main reason is that they are not capable of providing the amount of clamping force that a bolt-type clamp can:

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I've had coolant hoses that I could not seal with a screw clamp, but that sealed right up using a bolt-type clamp.


I think I have this 'leaking' issue to deal with on my '96 - Can you clearly identify the clamp style and size to purchase for us ?
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Re: Related Maintenance Items

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:19 am

Here you can see the original screw and spring clamps that were clearly leaking:

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I don't remember the exact clamp I used to replace them: I took the old ones up to the local NAPA store to make sure the replacements were the correct sizes, and picked replacements that used a bolt rather than a screw band to apply the pressure (similar to the one in the picture I posted previously). I also made sure they were stainless steel.

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Re: Related Maintenance Items

Postby rampal55 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:04 pm

Well i am going to ask again... What are your thoughts of replacing the water pump while i am in there? I s there some way to look at the drained coolant and tell if it has been harmful to the waterpump? thanks again

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Re: Related Maintenance Items

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:50 pm

rampal55 wrote:Well i am going to ask again... What are your thoughts of replacing the water pump while i am in there? I s there some way to look at the drained coolant and tell if it has been harmful to the waterpump? thanks again


Not really. Honestly, with only 68,000 miles, you should be a long ways away from needing a water pump. I would leave well enough alone.

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Re: Related Maintenance Items

Postby rampal55 » Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:55 am

Thank you for you opinion as it does carry weight with me...

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Re: Related Maintenance Items

Postby jenagle » Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:45 pm

Just saw your response, since I was away on an emergency trip. Thanks for the info.
John




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