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1979 gl1000 engine tick?

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:38 pm
by Naked Wing rider
Ok. So finnaly got the little things done to my new to me naked gold wing to ride it.

Took it work this morning nothing really wired or exciting. It did die once at a stop. But it's not been run in a while so just running some sea foam to see if that helps before digging into carbs.

The issue is on my way home from work . It started ticking.
I know the basics of what it could be but. I looked at the oil level first and noticed it was a little low but still between the lines. And decided couldn't hurt it. And filled it to the top line with some marvels mystery oil. Shortly after the ticking has significantly lessened.

Was it just needing more oil? Or is there a bigger issue arising?

Thanks in advance for the help. Everyone on this forum is awesome.

Re: 1979 gl1000 engine tick?

Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:27 am
by kndw
ticking can be many things. Was it ticking, or maybe more like tocking? was it at the frequency of the rpm, or twice that? If it happens again, use a screwdriver as a stethoscope to try and pinpoint its location. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it.

Regarding the marvel mystery oil, I've read that the engine should be treated gently, and that the oil+ filter should be changed after 300 miles. Look up Randall Washington (Randakk's) advice on this.

Re: 1979 gl1000 engine tick?

Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:11 am
by Naked Wing rider
Ok. So I found out that the mystery oil did nothing. It stopped because it cooled down.

Took it to work again this morning and didn't do it till I almost got to work. Which is 8 miles from my house.

So it's ticking when its warm.
And as you increase rpm it matches the speed.

So the ticking gets faster as rpms go up.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Re: 1979 gl1000 engine tick?

Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:21 am
by kndw
check the valve clearance

Re: 1979 gl1000 engine tick?

Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:06 am
by Naked Wing rider
So that's what happens when valves need to be done? Huh. I thought it would be constant not just when its warm.

Re: 1979 gl1000 engine tick?

Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:45 am
by kndw
Well, it is not definitely the valve clearance, but when the engine warms up, the clearance changes. I had always imagined that the clearance would decrease when the engine warms up, but this apparently isn't so. In fact, I recently had a valve problem that became more noticeable when the engine warms up.

This story aside, you need to address the ticking sound systematically. Ideally, you listen and try to pinpoint the sound first to come up with a hypothesis (e.g., "the valve clearance is in need of adjustment"), then you look up what it is supposed to be (in- and exhaust on my '76 = 0.1mm), measure the clearance on your bike, adjust it if necessary, and then test if the ticking has gone. If not, come up with a different hypothesis.

Re: 1979 gl1000 engine tick?

Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:49 pm
by dingdong
I wouldn't be concerned until I rode a while and changed the oil. After around 300 miles change the oil and fill to proper level. Then check for ticking.