Engine noise


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Dchum1
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2004 street glide

Engine noise

Postby Dchum1 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:44 pm



I wrote in earlier about a noise in my engine when on the kick stand at idle,
or when I'm riding & I put on the rear brakes it sounded like something was dragging.
But after I got home I realized when the bike is up straight it's quiet, I think it is something
loose & touching in the inside front of the engine. I pulled the front of the bike apart
to check the belts & pulleys, they were fine. They only have 5K on them.
I would appreciate any suggestions, especially from the WingAdmin.
Please help, Dale



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newday777
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1983 GL1100A Wineberry to sell 36,000 miles

1999A Restored and sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: Engine noise

Postby newday777 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:01 am

First off, what bike is this? Miles on it, new noise just started happening or new bike to you?
When you take a vehicle to a mechanic, they have lots of questions so to get the closest evaluation of the problems. You have to fill in the blanks. We can't see your bike or hear it.

With the changes this forum has taken on this past year, much information is not shown in profiles like it used to be. (while on mobile phone at least and that stinks)

If you have already been asking on this in another thread, that's where you should be continuing rather than a new post so others can see what has already been discussed.

Dchum1
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Re: Engine noise

Postby Dchum1 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:34 am

I'm sorry its a 1994 GL1500 SE it has 114000 miles on it.
This just started doing this. Now I noticed if I put the front
brake awhile its running & push forward on the bike it will make the noise.
I was going to take the water pump off & see if that was worn in the housing.
what do you think.
Thanks, Dale

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newday777
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1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: Engine noise

Postby newday777 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:45 am

Again, a better description is needed.

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Re: Engine noise

Postby newday777 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:47 am

Is this an engine noise and doesn't happen with the motor off so it's the brakes???? :roll:

Dchum1
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Re: Engine noise

Postby Dchum1 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:00 am

When I push on front it sounds like something is trying to come loose.
It sounds like a loose gear or something that hits other metal. Not
non stop just when I push down on the front end or if I'm riding it
& put on the brakes were something is moving forward. Again I'm thinking
of pulling the water pump off & checking the bearings and see if the impeller is touching in the housing.
What do you think, Dale

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Re: Engine noise

Postby Dchum1 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:04 am

I checked all the front brakes looked fine. Then I could tell it was coming
from the front of motor so pulled apart the belt covers & every thing was fine.

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Re: Engine noise

Postby Dchum1 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:08 am

P.S. the motor is on & idling on kickstand bike is at an angle if I stand
it up straight it stops the noise.

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newday777
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1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: Engine noise

Postby newday777 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:32 am

Dchum1 wrote:P.S. the motor is on & idling on kickstand bike is at an angle if I stand
it up straight it stops the noise.


Try with the bike on a hill, pointing uphill, then downhill. Does this change the noise?

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newday777
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1983 GL1100A Wineberry to sell 36,000 miles

1999A Restored and sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: Engine noise

Postby newday777 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:36 am

Does it make the noise in all gears while riding? Does it go away in 4th and 5th gear?

The water pump would be leaking long before it wobbles in the housing.


Dchum1 wrote:When I push on front it sounds like something is trying to come loose.
It sounds like a loose gear or something that hits other metal. Not
non stop just when I push down on the front end or if I'm riding it
& put on the brakes were something is moving forward. Again I'm thinking
of pulling the water pump off & checking the bearings and see if the impeller is touching in the housing.
What do you think, Dale

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Re: Engine noise

Postby themainviking » Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:05 am

With your descriptions, the only thing that comes to mind is a fan blade perhaps loose on the shaft, or some back and forth play in a fan motor shaft. I would suggest you get someone else to assist in listening, from a bit more distance from the bike (like 8 or 10 feet), as you put it through it's noisy and quiet periods. It may be that what you are hearing is simply a sound transferance through the different openings in the bike. Then you describe what you are hearing and when, and your assistant can listen for it.


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