Rear differential. Not responding


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BillyIrvin
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Rear differential. Not responding

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Hello, I replaced a couple of seals in the differential on my 1986 Goldwing aspencade the other day, when I reinstalled it all back together now the rear tire doesn’t turn. I have taken it apart a couple of times but can’t seem to figure it out. I’m wondering if the last owner used synthetic oil could it have gotten to the clutches? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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Welcome to the forum.

Sorry but I'm note sure I understand your question. Did you work on the the final drive or the transmission clutches?

Is the bike on the center stand, engine off, transmission in neutral and you are trying to rotate the rear wheel by hand? Or do you have the engine running, transmission in gear and when you let the clutch out nothing happens what so ever?

Any attempt to move at all?

Any odd noises?
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Thanks for the reply, I worked on the differential replacing some seals. The bike is On the center stand and when engine is running and I shift into 1 gear there is no noise and no movement from the tire. Sorry for the confusion.
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What seals and what did you take apart? It seems like you did not put it back together properly. Did you rotate it by hand before reinstalling it on the bike?
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I replaced the seal on the drive shaft and the one on the mating collar and the o-ring also. The reason I replaced them was due to it leaking. I reinstalled it like the Honda service manual said too. Thanks
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Synthetic oil with no friction or conservation modifiers in the oil will not make the clutch slip. Replacing the seal on the drive shaft will not affect the operation. The other seal you mention should not affect the operation either.

Check the drive train operation at the u-joint. Access the u-joint from the right side of the bike behind the fuel pump. With the engine in neutral, pull the u-joint boot back and turn the rear wheel, should see the u-joint rotate.
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BillyIrvin wrote: Mon May 31, 2021 7:48 am I replaced the seal on the drive shaft and the one on the mating collar and the o-ring also. The reason I replaced them was due to it leaking. I reinstalled it like the Honda service manual said too. Thanks
Is it possible that when you re-inserted the drive shaft into the swing arm that the forward end of the shaft did not properly mate with the universal joint?
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Buddy at this point anything is possible. But i will check on it. Thanks
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So today I figured it out. But I had to remove the exhaust and swing-arm but the u-joint had came off of the transmission output gear. After the duct tape trick and fighting with the swing-arm for a few mins.everything else went into place. I still need to reinstall the exhaust,tire and everything else but I can handle that. Thank you to everyone for there post. Very helpful.


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