front end noise


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JoBoy68
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front end noise

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Riding home I heard a weird noise coming from the front of the engine the area I could hear it the only thing there is the radiator and the timing belts I suspected my radiator fan motor but by the time I got home and in the garage the noise had stoped and with a light I could see the fan spinning the only other thing in the area I can think of is timing belt tensioners but the bike was running good I first suspected a brake hanging up but when I stopped the noise continued I suspected the brakes first because there is some kind of leak on my front disk not sure if it is brake fluid fork fluid or oil not sure if the two problems are connected the fork seals wee replaced this spring and all the brakes replaced and calipers and master cylinders rebuilt last spring any Ideas ????



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Re: front end noise

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On my 83 I had a squealing noise that I thought were the tensioners also. Turned out to be the tach drive cable. I could feel it by grabbing the tach when running, it vibrated very strongly- speedo cable did the same thing a week later. Drove me nuts trying to find the noise!! If you cant feel it try disconnecting it. Hope this helps....

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I just finished ordering the tensioners. first thing in the morning I will check the tack cables. I did have both cables off recently changing the ignition switch if it turns out to be a cable I should be able to cancel the tensioners . Thanks for the input

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Re: front end noise

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JoBoy68 wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:33 pm
I just finished ordering the tensioners. first thing in the morning I will check the tack cables. I did have both cables off recently changing the ignition switch if it turns out to be a cable I should be able to cancel the tensioners . Thanks for the input
Pull the inner cable out of the sheath, from the tach drive, and inspect for being dry and for evidence of rust. All the cables need to be lubed yearly otherwise the outer sheath will rust and constrict the inner cables, and in the case of speedo and tach cables, can cause squeaks especially in cold weather. Once rust is happening, replace the cable as the rust grows like cancer.

Too much added pressure to timing belt tensioners will squeak. Did you add pressure to the tensioners when changing your belts? The spring is to set the tension pressure and you are not add more tension than the spring sets.

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Location: Milford NH summer/fall & Oceanside, CA winters(N San Diego) with lots of miles riden between
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1983 GL1100A Wineberry 36,000 miles

1975 CB750 K5 Planet Blue 7,800 miles

1976 CB750 K6 Anterris Red 25,000 miles

Past rides
1999A Restored from PO neglect & sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

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PS
When posting, use commas, periods, rather than one long statement or questions....... It helps us a bit easier to understand what you are dealing with...sometimes.

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when the bike is not moving,like when I start it up or stop at a light the noise is there. So I have eliminated the cables as a source, As far as too much tension on the belts, I am not sure a friend was working with me and he set those as I rotated the engine. So at this pont,I have to open the timing belt covers and inspect everything. we all know what happens if you lose a timing belt doing 60

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I think I had the same thing, mine got better when I lubed the cable, but came back pretty soon.
If you haven't tried reaching in and moving the cable around while the motor is running, do that, you may get the info you need.
I have to replace mine, it's still making kind of a whiny whirring noise.



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