oil change/checking level


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
Post Reply
bardlover
Posts: 7
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:07 am
Location: United States
Motorcycle: 1981 gl1100

oil change/checking level

Post by bardlover »



having a hard time checking engine oil level. seems very dark. time for an oil change?


User avatar
Aussie81Interstate
Posts: 1178
Joined: Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:34 am
Location: Penrith Australia
Motorcycle: 2001 GL1500F6C Valkyrie
1982 CX500 Turbo (Historic registration - finally)
1981 GL1100 Interstate (sold)
1988 GL1500 (sold)

Re: oil change/checking level

Post by Aussie81Interstate »

There is a sight glass on the right hand side of the motor - hands and knees job to see it clearly and the level. There is a small flat screw slot in the middle of the sight glass. Turn it clockwise with a screwdriver - it is a wiper of sorts for the sight glass, might let you see the level - also it should be on the centre stand to read properly.


cheers
bardlover
Posts: 7
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:07 am
Location: United States
Motorcycle: 1981 gl1100

Re: oil change/checking level

Post by bardlover »

Found the sight glass but wasn't sure what the screw was for. I'll try that "wiper". Thanks.
User avatar
Aussie81Interstate
Posts: 1178
Joined: Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:34 am
Location: Penrith Australia
Motorcycle: 2001 GL1500F6C Valkyrie
1982 CX500 Turbo (Historic registration - finally)
1981 GL1100 Interstate (sold)
1988 GL1500 (sold)

Re: oil change/checking level

Post by Aussie81Interstate »

Personally I found the sight glass really difficult to see the level. Even with "wiping" the sight glass.

When I changed the oil, I could finally see when I refilled the oil to the correct level, and it is way too easy to overfill as well. I did buy an aftermarket dip stick kit - but never installed it, and sold it with the bike to the next owner. Unsure if they ever used it lol.

cheers
User avatar
dingdong
Posts: 4122
Joined: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:35 am
Location: Oklahoma City
Motorcycle: 1976 gl1000
1993 gl1500A
2004 NRX1800 Rune SOLD

Re: oil change/checking level

Post by dingdong »

I find it easier to see if I take a picture with my phone. No knees involved.
User avatar
winguyjo
Posts: 472
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:26 pm
Location: b.c. Canada
Motorcycle: wing1 : 1982 gl1100 interstate; resurrection complete. SOLD
wing2 : 1980 gl1100 interstate; resurrection complete. SOLD.
wing3 : 81gl1100i frame/82gl1100a engine/81cb900 bits. resurrection complete. naked. SOLD.
wing4 : 1977 gl1000 black w/ blue pinstripes; resurrection complete. SOLD
wing5 : 1977 gl1000 black w/gold pinstripes; nearly roadworthy when purchased, NOW RIDING.
wing6 : 1975 gl1000 blue; SOLD

Re: oil change/checking level

Post by winguyjo »

"brilliant" idea ! :D
even down on your hands and knees, it can be tough to figure out what's going on if you have a dirty sight glass.
the flash of the camera provides the very thing you need most ... light.


Post Reply