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oil level

Post by doxbike » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:17 pm



OK, the manual says run it for a few minutes, then check the oil level after letting it sit 2-3 minutes. Yup, and the level on the dipstick (yes bike is on the center stand and the dipstick is only resting on the threads-not screwed in) is above the upper line. But let it sit for a few hours and it is below the lower limit line. Which reading do I believe? Never had this issues with my gl 1500



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Re: oil level

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:12 am

I just pour in the 5 quarts, seal it up, and go ride it for 5,000 miles.

never a problem that way.

but, my bike has never had a leak, nor has it ever used oil in between changes.
and so far, it is only 114,000 miles young
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Re: oil level

Post by DaveO430 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:50 am

AZgl1800 wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:12 am
I just pour in the 5 quarts, seal it up, and go ride it for 5,000 miles.

never a problem that way.

but, my bike has never had a leak, nor has it ever used oil in between changes.
and so far, it is only 114,000 miles young
That's 4 quarts.

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Re: oil level

Post by DaveO430 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:52 am

doxbike wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:17 pm
OK, the manual says run it for a few minutes, then check the oil level after letting it sit 2-3 minutes. Yup, and the level on the dipstick (yes bike is on the center stand and the dipstick is only resting on the threads-not screwed in) is above the upper line. But let it sit for a few hours and it is below the lower limit line. Which reading do I believe? Never had this issues with my gl 1500
That's really just not possible unless there is a big puddle on the floor.

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Re: oil level

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:59 am

doxbike wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:17 pm
OK, the manual says run it for a few minutes, then check the oil level after letting it sit 2-3 minutes. Yup, and the level on the dipstick (yes bike is on the center stand and the dipstick is only resting on the threads-not screwed in) is above the upper line. But let it sit for a few hours and it is below the lower limit line. Which reading do I believe? Never had this issues with my gl 1500
Yeah, that's really backwards. Usually it will go HIGHER after a few hours, as the oil gradually drips down out of the galleys and so on. I wonder if there is oil being pumped somewhere in the DCT (assuming you have a DCT) and it gradually drains back in there over time?

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Re: oil level

Post by doxbike » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:07 am

WingAdmin wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:59 am
doxbike wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:17 pm
OK, the manual says run it for a few minutes, then check the oil level after letting it sit 2-3 minutes. Yup, and the level on the dipstick (yes bike is on the center stand and the dipstick is only resting on the threads-not screwed in) is above the upper line. But let it sit for a few hours and it is below the lower limit line. Which reading do I believe? Never had this issues with my gl 1500
Yeah, that's really backwards. Usually it will go HIGHER after a few hours, as the oil gradually drips down out of the galleys and so on. I wonder if there is oil being pumped somewhere in the DCT (assuming you have a DCT) and it gradually drains back in there over time?
That's what I'm thinking, and yes, I do have the DCT.

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Re: oil level

Post by doxbike » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:53 pm

OK, Mother Honda called me back- and told me to use the level after the bike is warm, shut it off, check the reading after "a few minutes" so that's what I'll do

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Re: oil level

Post by ThirdWing » Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:25 pm

I found the following:

From stone cold on the center stand I let it idle for 4 minutes until idle speed settled, shut it off and let it sit for 3 minutes. Checked the oil level and the stick came out dry. Since I had driven it home from the dealer the day before about 65 miles and the engine was not cooked i figured there was enough oil in it to run it around the block about 4 miles. Did that, shut it off and back on the center stand. I get an oil reading about 3/4 the way up between the marks toward the top mark. So fine, plenty of oil in the engine. After about an hour sitting the oil level dropped to around 1/2 way up between the marks.

Just for fun the next morning I put the bike on the side stand and let it run from stone cold to a stable idle 4 minutes. I shut it down, put it on its center stand and again after 3 minutes found a dry dipstick. Rode it around the block again (about 40 miles this time ) shut it down and on the center stand got an oil level 3/4 the way up toward the top mark.

It seems what honda told you is correct but I think the manual procedure is not technically correct. I followed it to the letter and got a dry dipstick. I could have assumed the bike did not have enough oil and overfilled it. I'm glad I rode it around and double checked it. It would be great if honda posted a diagram so I could understand this. My 1992 gl1500 and my 2002 hl1800 could be checked in any condition without this hassle.



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