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Sorry if there is a thread for this. I searched and could not find it.

Can anyone give a step by step where the oil dipstick is located on a 08 GL1800. Just bought bike and found the tire pressure was way off and so now don't trust that dealer set the bike up right.

I understand you have to remove some of the plastic to get to the dipstick. Does anyone have a picture of where it is.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Dip stick is under the right engine cover, they are kind of hard to get off but they just pop off. Read your owners manual for the proper way to check the oil on the 1800. It is a pain, sometimes you can check it and it is full other times it will hardly show on the stick. How many miles do you have on your bike? You might just change it to give you piece of mind, If the bike is new change it at about 500 miles and don't worry checking, put in a gallon and ride it for 3000 miles and then change it again. Gold Wings don't use oil.!!
 

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Checked the owners manual. Just tells you to remove the right side engine cover to access the oil dipstick. Going to have the dealer show me. Afraid of braking the plastic covers.
 

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I pulled my off last week for the first time. I felt your apprehension. It wasn't intuitive. I saw the " tab " at the forward end and wondered just how far I could pull the backside out before I would hear a " SNAP! ". Conscious almost made a coward of me. Between you and me, it was still easier then getting the bike on the center stand.
 

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Flawinger: I may have been a bit harsh in my first reply; sorry. Your are right the Owners Manual leaves much to be desired. You might consider one of the aftermarket Owners Workshop Manuals, mine has a whole chapter just on dissembly of fairings and bodywork. You might have the dealer show you how to remove all the panels that maybe service related, there are many. There may be as many as 50 pieces of plastic on that wing.
 

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Got to love the " Honda " . As heavy as they are, it's amazing how much ABS plastic they contain. Where is all that 900 + pounds located, anyway ?
 

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Had dealer show me today. It really is quite easy once someone shows you. There is a slot on the bottom and you pull the panel out from the back. There is a slot in the front and that is the reason you have to pull out from the back.

Happy New Year everyone and safe riding.
 

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It's really not that complicatied. Place the machine on the center stand. The right engine cover pulls right off just like any other motorcycle side cover. Just work the rear end free from the rubber grommets by pulling directly outward (you may have to apply some pressure to do this but I can't imagine breaking it). Once the cover breaks free of the grommets just pull the cover towards the rear of the bike to disengage it from a rubber tab at the front. Unscrew the dipstick and remove it. Wipe it clean with a clean rag. Put the dipstick back into the hole but DO NOT SCREW IT IN then simply remove it again and take a reading. Hope this helps. - The Coach
 

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Thanks Coach. I ended up getting down to the dealer which is some distance from me and that is exactly how they showed me to get to it. I did not know about not screwing the dipstick back in to check the oil level. Thanks for the help.
 

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Hi Flaw,
Believe me I'm about 80 % mechanicallv disadvantaged but I have learned to change my oil. It is only hard the first time. To get that chrome cover off the right side simply get tough and pry more or less straight toward you. It will pop off. After you get it off look for all three rubber grommets, esp the front one as it tends to fall on the ground. After all three are back in the frame, put a hint of oil on them and a touch of oil on the 3 male prongs (cover). Next time it will come off very easily. The cover is the devils own task to get back on the first few times. It is a learned skill.

If u use Honda filters and a honda filter wrench, the two mate up very well and it is easy to unscrew. Be sure to oil the rubber on the new filter, use plenty, several drops. Next time the filter will unscrew also. If u use brand X filters they can be a bear to get off. I read on here about a filter with a hex head welded on and that sounded like a plan.

My dealer charges $60 for an oil and filter change so it is a place to save a buck.
 

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Changing oil and brake pads are the only two items I refuse to pay others to do. By the way, I bought some Honda brake pads at the dealer last week in anticipation of changing them in the spring. The 08 has 10,000 miles on it and I rather pad it then rotor it . I bought all three sets and she rings it up...... " Your total is $173. 64." I said to myself " @#iT! " I pulled out the company credit card on this one because I'd rather owe them than the wife.
 

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Biggest thing to remember when checking the oil level, is the 2-3 minute wait before pulling the dipstick. Due to the configuration of the engine, it takes time for the oil to settle in the bottom of the crankcase. Bike needs to be as level as possible also. Like myself and several others have mentioned before: spend the bucks and get a Honda service manual. It's well worth every penny.
 

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Regarding those plastic covers, the first few times I removed them, I thought the posts were going to snap off. It was also somewhat aggravating getting all the holes and slots lined up when reinstalling them. Now, I keep a small jar of silicone grease in my saddle bag and when needed, I apply a thin film on the inside of each grommet. The covers go on and come off much easier and the silicone grease doesn't affect the rubber.
 

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Coach Thanks for your Detailed Answer, the Owners Manuals leave alot to be desired.
 

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RE;How to checkthe oil

Checking your engine oil is an essential task in car maintenance. Without the proper level of oil, your engine is put under unwanted stress and can become damaged severly. It is highly recommended to check your oil twice a month.

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