Thursday, January 31, 2013

Honda Goldwing Oil Change

First off, I'm an accountant not a mechanic so this is shade tree at best...  But this is how I did it...  I have a 2012 Audio Comfort..

The basic tools I used are below...  The T handle is 5mm and the socket is 17mm...  Oil filter wrench is an F.


The front panel has to come off to gain access...


I used the T handle to remove the 5mm bolts and watch which holes they come out of as one is longer....  There are 4 more fasteners on the other side as well..


This thing is always all grungy so its a good time to go clean it up....


The plug is 17mm and requires a shallow socket and extension, as a deep socket will interfere with that vacuum canister...


Now for the filter...  I used the smaller F filter wrench that I had to go get at the Auto Zone....  My Suzuki wrench was just slightly too large..


Of course the wrench stuck on the old filter and had to be tapped off with a small hammer....


Here we are ready to pour in the 4 quarts of Honda GN4 which is standard mineral oil based oil....  The guys over at the Honda dealer strongly recommended that I wait until the 4,000 mile service to change to synthetic...


If you are a fan of Amsoil, they say that is a bunch of bunk... That you can use their synthetic right from the beginning.........  But in my mind since this thing is brand new and we are doing a 600 mile change to remove any filings and the like that might be present...  May as well put back the same oil that Honda had in it in the beginning..

I did use 10w-40 as I had read on some of the forums that it makes a slight difference in the shifting CLUNK that you get, especially from first to second gear......  And perhaps will lessen the false shifting into neutral, if you are at all tentative with your shifting..

Seems like that only happens when traffic is down your throat and you need to get the heck out of the way..  Before some cager runs you down...  And then let the clutch out and zoooommmm...  Neutral...

I tend to write these as just a record of what I did today, but when I did one on the Honda outboard motor, it ended up being one of my all time most visited posts....

Remember this is just what I did, and is in no way anything beyond information for amusement only..  But if your careful you might be amused to keep the extra $100 in your wallet..  But it will cost about $40 for the oil and filter...

Retired Rod

5 comments:

  1. butterbean carpenterJanuary 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Howdy Rod,
    YOU DID IT AND I'M PROUD OF YOU!!! Of course with Honda houses like you have there you better be glad you did yourself!!! And you saved a bundle to buy Loyce some more quilting 'stuff'!!!
    Hope the rain has gone and you can RIDE!!! GO RIDE THAT BEAUTIFUL MACHINE!!!!

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  2. Happy that went well. No complaints about getting down on the floor and fighting like NASA to get back up. Thing with bikes is do not over tighten bolts and change oil once a year or more and ( Honda's ) will run a lifetime. I was happy to hear they did not take out the Clunk when you shift, I used to like that on my old one. Good instructions.

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  3. Good job, Rod, and thanks for posting all the photos to show us what you were doing. Also glad you didn't seem to have any bolts or screws left over when you finished!

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