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Transmission fluid

Post by cfennell1832 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:56 pm



Does anyone change their own transmission fluid? If so how often and where would you look for a dip stick or bolt to remove to at least check the fluid level?
I have searched my owners manual and my Clymer repair manual and have found nothing on this subject.



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Re: Transmission fluid

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:13 pm

cfennell1832 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:56 pm
Does anyone change their own transmission fluid? If so how often and where would you look for a dip stick or bolt to remove to at least check the fluid level?
I have searched my owners manual and my Clymer repair manual and have found nothing on this subject.
I'd be surprised if you found mention of the transmission fluid in your manuals, being that Goldwings do not have transmission fluid. They use engine oil to lubricate the transmission, which is why it is important to stick to recommended (or better) engine oil changes.

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Re: Transmission fluid

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:17 pm

this is a popular oil to use, takes care of your Transmission gears at the same time, they all run in the same oil bath.


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Re: Transmission fluid

Post by cfennell1832 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:20 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:13 pm
cfennell1832 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:56 pm
Does anyone change their own transmission fluid? If so how often and where would you look for a dip stick or bolt to remove to at least check the fluid level?
I have searched my owners manual and my Clymer repair manual and have found nothing on this subject.
I'd be surprised if you found mention of the transmission fluid in your manuals, being that Goldwings do not have transmission fluid. They use engine oil to lubricate the transmission, which is why it is important to stick to recommended (or better) engine oil changes.
Thanks I didn't know that, then it's a good thing for me that I change oil every 5K miles.

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Re: Transmission fluid

Post by cfennell1832 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:22 pm

AZgl1800 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:17 pm
this is a popular oil to use, takes care of your Transmission gears at the same time, from Honda they all run in the same oil bath.


https://www.amazon.com/Shell-ROTELLA-Sy ... 053&sr=1-4
But it's Synthetic oil and I don't use Synthetic only natural oil from Honda.

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Re: Transmission fluid

Post by joeincalif » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:42 am

cfennell1832 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:22 pm
AZgl1800 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:17 pm
this is a popular oil to use, takes care of your Transmission gears at the same time, from Honda they all run in the same oil bath.


https://www.amazon.com/Shell-ROTELLA-Sy ... 053&sr=1-4
But it's Synthetic oil and I don't use Synthetic only natural oil from Honda.
natural oil from Honda.
I'm real sure Honda does not manufacturer oil.
The Shell Rotella T6 is a great oil for the Wing. Probably more owners use it then use Honda oil. The bikes shifts smoother with synthetic. I used it in my bikes, I still changed it every 3000 miles. You can get it Wal Mart for around $20.00 a gallon.
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Re: Transmission fluid

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:42 pm

Synthetic diesel oils will keep the engine clean as a pin....
no varnish or shellac deposits will ever form while using a diesel type oil.

and diesel oils generally will give a better shift feel on a m/c.
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Re: Transmission fluid

Post by Red Ron » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:10 pm

While there is no transmission fluid I assume you do know about the final drive oil. Since some are giving their favorite oil....mine is Mobil 1 10W40 full synthetic and non energy conserving. Get 5 qts at WallyWorld for about $25.

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Re: Transmission fluid

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:31 am

cfennell1832 wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:56 pm
Does anyone change their own transmission fluid? If so how often and where would you look for a dip stick or bolt to remove to at least check the fluid level?
I have searched my owners manual and my Clymer repair manual and have found nothing on this subject.
Our oil has to do 5 things ... lubricate the engine, the trans, the wet clutch, not damage the catalytic converter, or pollute our air. Basically, we need a very narrow, specific additive package. Since others have reported problems using various non-m/c oils, it is best to pay attention to all the requirements that Honda writes in the Owner's Manual. They also write suggestions, and those should be read as a requirement too. Basically, be sure to only use m/c specific, 4-stroke, non-energy conserving oil in either 10w-30 or 10w-40. If you are riding a trike, it is best to not use a synthetic oil. Synthetics are known to cause the clutch to be in its friction zone a little longer and with their added weight, they are more likely to burn their clutch plates.

I too change my oil earl ... at 6,000-6,500 miles, GL1800 transmission get clunky from old oil. Our transmission shift best with newer oil and in cold weather.



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