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Old 12-10-2011, 12:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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a friend of mine has sunk his bike and got water in the oil we flushed the motor with new oil 5 times but when you drive the bike after it gets to temp it slips and makes a grinding noise didnt drive after he sunk it we tipped the bike on its rear bumper drained the oil didnt have any issues before and know it does it has the hondamatic trans and also has the oil tank mounted to the front of the motor and we put the recommended amount of oil in it and doesnt show on the stick when you fill the oil to where it says its like 8 plus quarts any help would be grateful thanks
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TSU: What type of oil did you put into it?
You can not use automotive oil in it as automotive oil will cause the wet clutch to slip. Make sure that you are using only motorcycle oil which is designed for wet clutches...... such as Mobil1 Motorcycle Racing Oil, or Honda Motorcycle oil. Rotella and Amsoil also make some great motorcycle oils.
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we put honda oil back in it but when it warm up it would have like a grinding sound so i shut it off and got my ears to see if i could pinpoint the noise but i couldnt get it to do it again but then you could run it for a while past it getting up to temp and he drove down the road about a half a mile and it was like it slipped out of gear it wouldnt move and started grinding again and we have had to deal with a lot of bikes getting a little water in the oil [hondas] we flush them real good with oil and change oil filter and never had any problems like this the oil in it looks like looks oil fresh out of the bottle but ive also read alot about the hondamatic and people have had issues with them but that goes without saying
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TSU: The Honda transmission is incredibly reliable. It was/is built around the transmission used on the Honda Gold Wing for over 30 years. However, when water and grime are introduced into it, anything can happen. Most often, more (much more) than a flushing is needed.
Remember ATV (of any brand) means All TERRAIN Vehicle, and while the machines are sealed as well as possible, they are not intended to be boats.
I'd recommend a complete disassembly and rebuild of the tranny.
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we where going to try draining a little of the honda oil and putting a little marvel mystery oil in it and flushing it with that i would think with the low hours and miles on the bike it dont have a thousand miles on yet i have a rincon and have water in the oil a couple times before we got her straight flushed it and it never gave me any problems and in that trany i would think water would do more damage because of the design and this is the first time that rubicon was ever put in the water theres a company that makes a cap that goes in the end of your snorkel that wont let water through they say a little will go through but if your snorkel goes under it will kill the engine because a large amount of water wont flow through it a good fail safe it works ill post later to let you know how it works
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we put seafoam in the oil ran it 15 min and everything looks to be good were going on a trail ride this weekend that should put her to the test
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If you don't drain the oil out of the correctly, it will slip also. There are 2 drain plugs, you need to remove the front skid plate to access the oil filter, drain the engine then drain the oil tank, replace the filter, put 4 guarts in the oil tank, start and run at idle for about 1 minute, put in the remaining 2 quarts of oil in the oil tank, the oil level will be at the top of the dipstick.
The Rubicon holds 6 quarts of oil exactly.
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