can anyone give me some clues on checking the engine oil level on a GB400/500. When iI check the dipstick under the side cover it doesn't appear to register oil until after the engine has been running for a while. Is this normal?
Honda GB 500 should have two quarts of oil for running. If the dipstick doesn't register any oil its way low, unless of course your checking while its resting on its side stand, put it up on the big stand and try again.
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Hi George, Excellent description of your problem, I presume you are keeping the bike upright when checking the level on your dipstick? I remember on some Honda's there used to be a Sight glass set in the Gearbox casing a small round Window with level marks up either side so when bike held upright the glass should be half full. George! you should be able to see oil on the stick without running the bike so keep upright and top up as necessary. Hope this helped, please remember to rate my effort? Paul 'W'
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Hi Anonymous, the engine oil dipstick on Softail and Sportster models is located on the right hand front side of the oil tank and the Harley Bible says, engine should be at normal operating tempurature, let idle on jiffy stand for two minutes. Shut off engine and hold bike straight up and dipstick all the way in, correct engine oil level will be at the top full mark. Do not overfill oil tank as this will cause engine breathing issues. On Dyna and Touring models The engine oil dipsticks are located on the right front top corner of the transmission and the engine oil pan is underneath the transmission. The engine oil level is checked in the same manner as Softails and Sportsters. If you are having oil carryover or breathing issues (dipstick launch) try running oil level half way between the add and full marks, running the engine at this oil level will not harm normal operation. Good luck
Remove dipstick from left side of bike and wipe it clean. Sit on bike and stand it straight up. Insert dipstick and do NOT screw it in. Remove dipstick and see where your oil level is. If you check it on the side stand, you will read way over full. Should take just under 4 quarts. If you did your own oil change, did you remember the two drain plugs?
When checking the oil level it is best for the engine to be at operating temperature, although checking the oil immediately after a stopping will lead to a false reading. Wait a few minutes after turning off the engine to allow the oil to drain back into the crankcase.
Open the hood and inspect the level of the engine oil tank. The fluid level on the tank should read between FULL or F and LOW or L.
If the level is below the LOW or L line, remove the cap and add enough engine oil to reach the FULL or F line.
Fig. 1: Fill the engine oil tank located under the hood first
Install the oil cap and hand tighten.
After filling the oil tank, remove the engine access hole cover on the drivers side.
Fig. 2: Make sure the oil tank is to the F mark
Fig. 3: The oil dipstick is located under the driver's side engine access hole cover
Fig. 4: Place your finger through the hole and pull straight up to remove
Remove the engine oil dipstick and wipe it clean.
Reinsert the dipstick, push it in as far as it will go, the pull it out and look at the level on the end.
If necessary, insert more oil through the oil filler cap next to the dipstick, this will completely top off the system.
Fig. 5: The oil dipstick has two markings for level check
Fig. 6: To fill the crankcase, remove the engine oil filler cap
hi, you can check the oil level in your bike by using the "oil sight glass" at the lower part of engine in the left hand side of your bike, just below the left foot peg.there are two marks, the upper mark referring the maximum capacity for oil level and the lower mark showing the minimum level.The oil level can be anywhere between these two marks.Please make sure of two things while you check the oil level in your bike.
Run your engine for two min so that the oil is warm while you check the level.Never check the oil level in a cold engine.
Hold the bike in upright vertical position while checking the oil level.
I have provided an example picture showing the location of the oil filter in a Yamaha v-star.Hope your problem is solved.Please rate my solution as helpful.Have a great day.
Check oil on a level surface, and when cold, before start up. That will give the highest level posible, because you dont want to overfill. Overfilling will cause a number of problems. Have in mind that checking oil on a hot engine, one that has been just turned off, will have a lot of oil on the top part of engine, that has had no time to drip down, and will give a low reading.
call a kawa dealership or a salvage yard they usually have free advice. or try to get a book in your library. I work on bikesmfrom 60s and 70s oldschool bro also motorbike oil is preferred than auto oil because it doesnt get sheared from the gears-wear a helmet
Oil should be changed every 2 to3K miles. Anytime i buy a used bike i drain the oil right away cause u never know what might be in there...I recommend Castrol Syntec Actevo 10-40 wt. motorcyle oil..buy 4 qts...Put bike level on level ground and after you have drained oil and spun on a new filter...put in 2 qts...then check dipsticks (crisscroos marks on bottom of dipstick should be covered in oil when oil is full) slowly top off checking dipstick frequently so as not to overfill...proper dipstick check is to unscrew stick, wipe it off and reinsert without screwing it in, when oil is to top of crisscross you are full...My friends 2002 F4 has a sight glass NOT a dipstick so incase that's what you have watch oil level in sight glass (should be 1/2 to 3/4 full) Drainplug is under engine and is 17 mm...Good Luck to you friend....Tim