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I have an 89 Sportster, and there is a slight weeze and then a random pinging in my transmission,(I think), and it will only make it when I am letting off the gas or slowing down.

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My Mechanic simply adjusted my primary chain, and the main drive chain.

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Change your fluid and if it presists then it is time for a rebuild

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Engine pinging on a 2005 harley sportster


Hi Anonymous, and the usual suspects are:
1. Fuel octane rating too low.
2. Faulty spark plugs.
3. Incorrect spark plug for the kind of service.
4. Excessive carbon deposit on piston head or in combustion chamber.
5. Ignition timing advanced due to faulty sensor inputs (MAP, CKP, CMP)
Good luck.

Jun 05, 2012 | 2005 Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster

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89 Harley sportster 883 where is the neutral safety switch located? XLH Looked everywhere and can't find it? Thanks


There isn't one if your not in neutral eather pull the cluch or it will jump and roll if you start it in gear a car doesn't hav a kill switch if you get out of your car and it's in gear or in neutral on a bike u got to think a little bit more

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45@does the sportster use the same oil for engine & tranny


I think the later models are designed to use the same type of oil in both the engine and the prmary/transmission. But, I have never agreed with this. I use H-D Syn 3 20W50 oil in the engine but I prefer to run either Harley's primary and transmission lube or one of the other manufacturers lubricants in the transmission. If you use another manufacturer's lubricant, go to their website and check for compatibility for use in your Sportster.

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I have an 04 Pontiac Grand Prix with 63,000 miles. My problem is pinging when i accelerate. I have changed fuel from 87-89 & now i'm using 93. The pinging is less with the 93 but still there. If i only...


It sounds like your timing is out. Too far BTDC. If you do not know the timing - advance it slightly and try it until it stops pinging. If there is a hill in your area - drive up it with the throttle well opened to se if it pings. Try this before adjusting timing to get a base line to see if it improves with timing adjustments.

Nov 18, 2010 | 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

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What grade of gas do i need to run and what kind of oil do i need to run in a 2001 honda shadow sabre?


Use any oil that is JASO MA motorcycle oil 10w-40 for cold climate 20w-50 for warm climate/touring. Do not use any oil that is Energy Conserving it will shorten the life of your transmission gears and wet clutch. Synthetic oils will help your bike shift easier and run cooler. Use the lowest octane fuel that will run your bike with out pinging/knocking. Probably 87 or 89 Octane it will say in your owners manual. Ethanol may cause knocking/pinging on some models. No ethanol will definitely help in vintage 70's motorcycles

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89 harley 1200 sportster goes into gear and will take off properly when you release the clutch.but then you ca'nt shift it into any other gear?


you have a broken shifter pawl. It's behind the primary cover. I think you can get to it without removing the clutch but I may be wrong. At least on the newer models you don't have to pull the transmission out.

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2001 ford windstar makes a "pinging" noise when taking off


pinging noise low octane. mix gasoline half and half.half 87 and half 89.run it severals days if it still ping have it scan to check detonation sensor.a bad detonation sensor will also make car ping alot.

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Dodge Ram 2500 engine ping


Your ignition timing may have advanced too far. Or it is now where it should be and is making more cylinder pressure during combustion causing the gasoline to ignite to early causing detonation or ping.

Make sure the ignition timing is correct. If it is try better fuel meaning the octane rating.

If you can go up to the next octane level. For example if you are using 87 go to 89 and see if it goes away. 3 of my wife's last cars a 1986 Honda Prelude, 2000 Neon, and a 2003 Neon had some ping under medium to hard acceleration. She switched to 89 octane and the ping went away completely in each vehicle. Each of the vehicle had a good deal of miles on them.

The 2003 Neon has 75000 miles on it now and runs great on 89 octane. About a year ago I tried 87 Octane in her car and the ping came right back.

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