How to change your engine oil


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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by tweichman » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:37 am



Hi All, thanks WA for the informative and useful article. Honestly, it's the first oil change i've ever performed (no time like the present to learn, eh?)

This is for a 1980 GL1100

i was feeling pretty good about myself and my work until i ran the engine for a few more checkups (coolant flush, another easy to follow DIY article!) and noticed oil leaking from the bottom of the oil filter housing. from the rest of the posts, it could be a misaligned o-ring, which i will check into.

when i removed the filter, there was no washer. because there wasn't leaking oil before, i decided to forego it (a silly mistake, in hindsight). will having this washer make enough difference to prevent a leak from the filter housing?

i am ordering one, regardless, but i wanted to see if you all knew of other issues that might cause such a leak.



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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:57 am

tweichman wrote:Hi All, thanks WA for the informative and useful article. Honestly, it's the first oil change i've ever performed (no time like the present to learn, eh?)

This is for a 1980 GL1100

i was feeling pretty good about myself and my work until i ran the engine for a few more checkups (coolant flush, another easy to follow DIY article!) and noticed oil leaking from the bottom of the oil filter housing. from the rest of the posts, it could be a misaligned o-ring, which i will check into.

when i removed the filter, there was no washer. because there wasn't leaking oil before, i decided to forego it (a silly mistake, in hindsight). will having this washer make enough difference to prevent a leak from the filter housing?

i am ordering one, regardless, but i wanted to see if you all knew of other issues that might cause such a leak.
The only thing that can cause a leak is an O-ring problem - either a damaged O-ring or incorrectly positioned O-ring. Remember there are two of them, one on the bolt and one that goes around the circumference of the filter housing.

I will typically smear the bottom of the filter housing, the O-ring, and the engine block where it contacts with oil, to lubricate things while installing, and to keep the O-ring stuck in place while installing.

Also make sure the block and filter cover are clean of any debris or dirt that might keep the O-ring from sealing properly.

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by tweichman » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:02 am

Ok! Thanks for the information. I have a new filter coming and will be more vigilant when installing.

i'm taking care of things i know i can fix before i venture into the rats nest of wiring up front!

This site has been great for a first-time owner, learning a lot!

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by glbobber » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:03 am

Does anyone have the dimensions of the washer that goes on top of the spring? Mine was missing it, and I don't want to wait for shipping. Was thinking I might be able to just pick it up from the local hardware store....

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:51 pm

glbobber wrote:Does anyone have the dimensions of the washer that goes on top of the spring? Mine was missing it, and I don't want to wait for shipping. Was thinking I might be able to just pick it up from the local hardware store....
The fiche lists it as 15x2.5mm. It should have a 15mm ID and a 20mm OD. The thickness isn't critical.

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by tubamanz » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:12 pm

What is the torque value for the oil filter cover bolt? I have the service manual and found the value for the drain plug (27 ft-lbs) but not the filter bolt.

Thanks.

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:25 am

tubamanz wrote:What is the torque value for the oil filter cover bolt? I have the service manual and found the value for the drain plug (27 ft-lbs) but not the filter bolt.

Thanks.
The oil filter cover bolt is listed at 20-24 ft-lbs torque.

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by tubamanz » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:08 am

Thanks very much. Where did you find that? As I wrote, I have the official Goldwing service manual for my 1982 GL1100. I looked in the Maintenance, Specifications, and Engine sections. I found the oil plug value in the Engine section in the part about removing the engine. "Remove the oil plug and drain. Remove the oil filter cover and filter. Replace the oil plug." The accompanying picture showed the oil plug torque but I couldn't find the filter cover bolt tiorque - even though I found in the "Reinstalling the Engine" section where it stated to reinstall the filter/cover.

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:48 pm

Anytime there is a fastener in the service manual that does not show the torque value, look at the front of the manual - there is a chart listing standard torque values for various sizes and types of fasteners.

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by lesoakes » Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:00 am

What are the torque setting for the oil filter bolt and the drain plug? Thanks.

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:55 am

lesoakes wrote:What are the torque setting for the oil filter bolt and the drain plug? Thanks.
Oil filter bolt: 22 ft-lb
Oil drain bolt: 28 ft-lb

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by Dexter17 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:23 pm

Fantastic is there a picture of the commonly lost washer I don't see mine is it possible the last oil change lost it

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by swr1977 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:14 pm

Dexter17 wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:23 pm
Fantastic is there a picture of the commonly lost washer I don't see mine is it possible the last oil change lost it
If you still have your old oil filter check it... I've had mine sick too it!
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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by Dexter17 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:18 pm

I have the old filter no washer is it necessary?

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:03 pm

Dexter17 wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:18 pm
I have the old filter no washer is it necessary?
Without the washer, the spring can push up into the filter, which means the filter is not pushed against the engine - and the filter goes into bypass, meaning no filtering is occurring.

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Re: How to change your engine oil

Post by Dexter17 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:23 pm

I went to take washer off of parts bike filter it's missing too :cry:



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