set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing


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set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby bjtex59 » Sat May 25, 2013 2:52 pm



How do you set the timing or adjust the timing on a 2003 1800 goldwing? When at idle speed I hear a rattling noise coming from the timing cover? Can anyone help. thanks. Jim



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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby themainviking » Sat May 25, 2013 2:58 pm

Electronic ignition, a computer and fuel injectors. I do not believe you can set the timing. I think it sets itself. Depending on the mileage on that motorcycle, you could be hearing the cam chains. If so, then they need to be changed. But that should be way up around 100K or more.
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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby bjtex59 » Sat May 25, 2013 3:07 pm

If those are the cam chains rattling, then I am a little confused because the bike only has 28,000, not even close to the 100,000 mark. The rattling seems to be when the bike is at idle speed, so does this mean I should stop riding the bike until I take it in to replace the cam chains, if so, do you know how much it will cost? Jim

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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat May 25, 2013 3:18 pm

No timing adjustment! ECM takes care of that.
You may be lugging the motor?
When do you hear the noise?
More info needed to offer help!
As a start-do a ECM reset:
Do not touch the throttle, start the motor, let it idle until the fans kick on, then shut it off. Again, don't touch the throttle.

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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby thrasherg » Sat May 25, 2013 3:21 pm

The FI system might need balancing, just like balancing carbs, if they are not equal the crankshaft will not turn smoothly and will cause mechanical rattles.. Highly unlikely the cam chains need changing unless you have run the engine without oil?

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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby bjtex59 » Sat May 25, 2013 3:24 pm

Well I just notice the noise today when I was out for a ride. When I parked the bike, put it in neutral and put the side kick down, I heard a rattling coming from the timing cover when idling, not sure what it is? Do you know?

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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby bjtex59 » Sat May 25, 2013 3:27 pm

The engine runs and sounds smooth, just hear the rattling when idle or low speeds.

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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby bjtex59 » Sat May 25, 2013 3:37 pm

now, I hear the rattling in my left side cooling fan, not the timing cover as I thought? It rattles when the fan kicks -in, does anyone have a clue what it might be?

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Re: rattling noise in my cooling fan for 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby bjtex59 » Sat May 25, 2013 4:02 pm

now, I hear the rattling in my left side cooling fan, not the timing cover as I thought? It rattles when the fan kicks -in, does anyone have a clue what it might be?

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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby themainviking » Sat May 25, 2013 5:36 pm

You would be the absolute judge of what it might be. Fan rubbing against something, something gotten into the area where the fan can hit it, could be just about anything.

But yeah, I agree with only 28,000 miles on the bike, it would not be the cam chains
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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby bjtex59 » Sat May 25, 2013 5:46 pm

Now my voltmeter says that I am charging at 14.3, and I hear a whine noise near my alternator, is this something I should be concerned about, bike runs fine, no dead battery, just concerned about high charging rate or is this normal?

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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby bjtex59 » Sat May 25, 2013 6:51 pm

Is it normal to hear a whiny noise near my alternator, the voltmeter says it is charging at 14.3 amps. No issues with battery or dim lights, everything seems to work as it should? just wondering?

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Re: what is the normal charging rate on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby bjtex59 » Sat May 25, 2013 8:56 pm

Is it normal to hear a whiny noise near my alternator, the voltmeter says it is charging at 14.3 amps. No issues with battery or dim lights, everything seems to work as it should? just wondering?

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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby redial » Sun May 26, 2013 1:14 am

I dont think you mean 14.3 amps, but I suspect it should be 14.3 volts - especially if you are using your voltmeter.

Is this noise that you are hearing just a little noise or a loud noise? You may hear some noise from the alternator. You could always take it apart and check the brushes and give it a clean and check the bearings - or take it to a specialist and have them set it right for you (by specialist I mean an auto electrician or similar).

With the fan noise, I would suggest you spin the fans by hand to see if there is any rubbing, it may be just an insect caught in the intake and hasnt quite been consumed by the fans, yet. Cleaning the intakes is not such a big job, but expect to get wet from the hose spray.

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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby bjtex59 » Sun May 26, 2013 8:59 am

Ok, thanks! But the alternator noise is more of a low pitch sound. I still don't know the answer to my question? if the voltmeter says charging at 14.3 volts, would be considered normal operating range?

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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby Maverick » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:02 pm

It sounds as if you are getting the proper charge while running. You may have something rubbing or loose around your fan/radiator.
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Re: set timing on 2003 1800 goldwing

Postby dmccarty » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:26 pm

By chance you are not hearing the valves taping are you? If on the side stand the right side may be a little dry on oil. Or you may be due to have the valves adjusted.




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