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I just bought an 82 interstate, It had been sitting for a few years, I rode it around the block a few times once i got it running and i dident have any clutch issues, I changed the oil with 40 weight automotive oil and a few days later when i start out from a stop, when letting the clutch out it will grab and jump forward before the clutch is fully ingaged, and it makes a strange noise when it grabs????, once it is at opperating temp its not as bad, once the clutch is fully ingaged there is no slipping or noise,

Are the problems from using automotive oil? because i have used automotive oil in my bikes for years. any help would be great,

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Welcome to the Forum!!!

Probably not a problem with oil.. although straight 40 weight is not recommended, it is very unlikelyto have the "energy conserving" additives that should be avoided; you should be usinga multigrade (10W40, 15W40, or since AZ.. maybe 20W50 in summer)

The grabbinggrowling sound you hear is common and characteristic of the 1100.. someone here named it the "screaching squirrel".. Oil weight can change this, but most have it anyway from time ot time regardless of oil..
 

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Is the "strange noise" you hear a clattering-racket that sounds really bad? Goes away if you start out really smoothly, or get up to speed?

If so... that's "normal", and a commonly reported complaint. I recently got my '81, and experience "the clatter". I don't have enough experience with mine to understand the cause (yet), but I'm no longer afraid that the bike is coming apart on me.

Here are some other threads that may help:

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=1873
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=252
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=6624
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=8651
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=76716

Also, search the forums for the terms:

Clatter
Rattle
Rattling

You will find more usefullinks (if you're experiencing the trouble I think you are).


Also, WELCOME TO THE FORUM!
Expect at least a couple more posts welcoming you onboard.
 

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Anon wrote:
Is the "strange noise" you hear a clattering-racket that sounds really bad? Goes away if you start out really smoothly, or get up to speed?
.....Clatter... Rattle... Rattling....

I think we are talking about two different things..

the "rattle" as you call it,is usually the movement of the primary chain caused by uneven firing of the engine (usually fixed by a tune up/carb sync).. and can appear with the clutch fully engaged..

the growl/screach that i think is the issue is at the clutch plates and is only when the clutch is slipping.. i.e., just when engaging..


Too bad the search function doesn't have all the data in it yet.. but searching with google gives this

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/70205.html
 

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Hi Rawly, not much of a wrencher here but WELCOME to the forum!!!!!:waving::waving::waving::waving::waving::waving::waving:
 

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... I changed the oil with 40 weight automotive oil and a few days later when i start out from a stop...

Are the problems from using automotive oil?
Yes... It "could" be!

What oil did you use? If it has friction modifiers in it then you could have problems. You have to use oil that is made for "Wet Clutches". Motor Cycle oils usually do not have those friction modifiers in it.

If your oil has this logo or mentions "Energy Conserving". Change it out right away before you damage your clutch!

Tim
 

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With 40weight, it's unlikely to have the energy conserving rating.

BUT, if it does, heed the warning and dump it before you ride again.
 

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Welcome from the state of Pennsylvania!





 

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Thanks, Im sure that i will be using the vast knowlage of all of you and pehaps be of some help to some of you as well.
 

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Welcome to the forum Rawly.

I've been using 20~50 Valvoline Racing Oil. Seems to work well in the heat. Of course, it's probably not as hot where you are. :D
 

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Oil wt is important but usually overlooked is the clutch cable. Check to see that operation is smooth and total release is happening along with no hang ups caused by an aged very dry or even rusted clutch cable.

I just replaced mine and the difference is like night and day, not only the ease in which it works now but the clutch release is so evident that the noise under load and slow speed is all but gone. It now operates like a new bike but it is 30 years old.

Now the clutch pack works as designed, when de-cluched or clutched the operation happens when the clutch handle is moved not some time later.
 
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