engine oil drain


Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
  • Sponsored Links
Old Wing Man
Posts: 58
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:51 am
Location: Bismarck, Arkansas
Motorcycle: 2000 Goldwing SE

engine oil drain

Postby Old Wing Man » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:35 am



I just changed oil in my new to me 2000 year 1500 Goldwing. I was looking for the oil drain while on the left side of the engine and found a drain plug with a hex keyway right at the front of the engine block kind of under the lower fairing. I removed it but only a few tablespoons of engine oil came out. I replaced the plug and then looking on the right side I found the correct drain plug.
My question is what is that other plug for. I found no reference to it in my Clymer manual.



User avatar
dingdong
Posts: 2861
Joined: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:35 am
Location: Oklahoma City
Motorcycle: 1976 gl1000
1993 gl1500
2004 NRX1800 Rune

Re: engine oil drain

Postby dingdong » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:57 am

It was used in the manufacturing process, I believe. No function other than that. Being a new owner, an owners manual would be a big help if you don't have one.
Tom

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17045
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: engine oil drain

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:04 am

dingdong wrote:It was used in the manufacturing process, I believe. No function other than that. Being a new owner, an owners manual would be a big help if you don't have one.


Correct, it is a manufacturing plug, and there is no need to ever remove it after the engine is assembled.

Old Wing Man
Posts: 58
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:51 am
Location: Bismarck, Arkansas
Motorcycle: 2000 Goldwing SE

Re: engine oil drain

Postby Old Wing Man » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:04 pm

Why would there be a bit of oil inside that chamber that the plug is in. If there an oil seal inside that is leaking a bit or what. If so is there anything behind it that oil would damage if left undrained?

Old Wing Man
Posts: 58
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:51 am
Location: Bismarck, Arkansas
Motorcycle: 2000 Goldwing SE

Re: engine oil drain

Postby Old Wing Man » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:07 pm

The first thing I bought was a Clymer manual for the 1500 Goldwing. It is usually pretty good about HOW TO but no mention of this plug. I thought quite correctly that someone on this site would know about it.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17045
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: engine oil drain

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:39 pm

Old Wing Man wrote:Why would there be a bit of oil inside that chamber that the plug is in. If there an oil seal inside that is leaking a bit or what. If so is there anything behind it that oil would damage if left undrained?


You got me. With no documentation on it, you'd probably have to do some testing to find out. I'm sure they wouldn't bother putting a seal somewhere to seal against a plug that is never intended to be removed. Not something I'd worry a whole lot about.

User avatar
Wingsconsin
Posts: 785
Joined: Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:47 pm
Location: Sussex, Wisconsin (West of Milwaukee)
Motorcycle: 2002 GL1800 - Pearl Orange
1996 GL1500 Aspencade - Pearl Blue
1992 GL1500 Aspencade -Candy Red
1983 Suzuki GS850GL - Blue & Black
Contact:

Re: engine oil drain

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:51 am

My understanding is that it plugs a machining access port for when they first create the engine block
The oil inside seems to be residual oil left from that process...leave it alone and ride !
Nothing to do there...
Postings are my opinions based on experience and acquired knowledge.
Your results may vary. Universal disclaimers apply.


Motorcycle Adventure Storys writen by me
http://neverlost-justexploring.blogspot.com/

Old Wing Man
Posts: 58
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:51 am
Location: Bismarck, Arkansas
Motorcycle: 2000 Goldwing SE

Re: engine oil drain

Postby Old Wing Man » Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:44 pm

Thanks all for the info. I was a bit afraid that the oil was there for a purpose or maybe worse that a seal is going bad.

Old Wing Man
Posts: 58
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:51 am
Location: Bismarck, Arkansas
Motorcycle: 2000 Goldwing SE

Re: engine oil drain

Postby Old Wing Man » Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:48 pm

I think I know the answer but anyone know if the oil level is checked with the dipstick screwed in our resting on the threads. I checked it by just inserting it to the threads and removing. I found that it is lower on one side that the other also (by about half the distance between full mark and end of the dipstick. By inserting and turning it 180 degrees the level indicates exactly on the center line on the dipstick.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17045
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: engine oil drain

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:52 am

Old Wing Man wrote:I think I know the answer but anyone know if the oil level is checked with the dipstick screwed in our resting on the threads. I checked it by just inserting it to the threads and removing. I found that it is lower on one side that the other also (by about half the distance between full mark and end of the dipstick. By inserting and turning it 180 degrees the level indicates exactly on the center line on the dipstick.


You don't screw it in. See this post, which includes the appropriate manual page: How do you check your oil level




Return to “GL1500 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: ka4yqi, timtim and 4 guests