Oil coming out timing hole?


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Zaq
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Oil coming out timing hole?

Post by Zaq » Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:53 pm



So I went to check timing on the 81 GL1100 today and was greeted by a shower of oil when I removed the cap to see the flywheel. It looked like the flywheel itself was coated in oil and as it spun was slinging oil out the peep hole.

Is this normal?

Oil level seems normal in the sight glass, not over full or anything.

Good news is the timing was spot on.



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Re: Oil coming out timing hole?

Post by jeffcosmo » Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:21 pm

Perfectly normal. The service manual tells you to screw in place a perspex plug for checking timing. Or lose a LOT of oil...

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Re: Oil coming out timing hole?

Post by Maz » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:26 pm

Zaq wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:53 pm
So I went to check timing on the 81 GL1100 today and was greeted by a shower of oil when I removed the cap to see the flywheel. It looked like the flywheel itself was coated in oil and as it spun was slinging oil out the peep hole.

Is this normal?

Oil level seems normal in the sight glass, not over full or anything.

Good news is the timing was spot on.
As jeffcosmo says, perfectly normal. Using the glass/perspex plug that Honda suggests, doesn't make life that much easier though. As the flywheel is coated in oil, it's quite tricky to see the timing marks with a strobe light. I have heard it's easier if you drain the oil to "minimum " level first, but I've not tried it.
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Re: Oil coming out timing hole?

Post by Zaq » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:23 pm

jeffcosmo wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:21 pm
Perfectly normal. The service manual tells you to screw in place a perspex plug for checking timing. Or lose a LOT of oil...
Yeah after about 0.5 seconds of being coated in oil I put it back on, had the timing light ready, then took it off intermittently to check. It was still dark outside so that helped things a bit as far as being able to see the results. Thankfully all is well!

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Re: Oil coming out timing hole?

Post by RBGERSON » Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:28 pm

you need one of these..
timing plug.JPG


HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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