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GL1100 Engine2
GL1100 Engine2

An online source dedicated to Honda's amazing four cylinder Goldwings!

Safety At work!


Oil changes:-

Used engine oil contains carcinogens (cancer causing). Use rubber, latex or vinyl gloves when doing an oil change, or at the very least use a proper barrier cream and make sure you wash you hands thoroughly afterwards. Please dispose of old oil sensibly, preferably at a recycling depot.



Petrol / fuel / gas:-

Whatever you call it, it's dangerous! Yeah, I know, totally obvious. But it's very tempting to use it as a cleaning agent, cheap and effective, until someone walks into the workshop with a lit cigarette and blows the two of you up! Now, don't mock me for this!


Fortunately they both survived, but will carry the reminders for the rest of their lives!

So, if you must do it, do it out in the open where fumes cannot build up, and keep containers capped.



Clean your parts:-

No! Not your parts; the bits of the bike that you are going to be working on. Whenever you can, clean down the item you're going to be working on as it's much easier to see, hold and work on parts that are dirt and oil free, not to mention lessening the possibility of getting debris into places you don't want any, like carburettors.

Wear the gloves! A lot of cleaners are very nasty towards skin, removing the natural oils in the skin if not actually removing the skin itself!



Work area:-

Keep the area around you clear as you work! This advice because I have just tripped over the cable of a drill that I had been using a short while before, knocked into one bike and only just managed to stop it falling into my other one.




Always buy the best quality tools that you can afford!  CHEAP TOOLS ARE THE MOST EXPENSIVE THINGS YOU CAN BUY!


It may seem to be ok to buy cheap to do that one job, but if the tool lets you down while you're in the middle of a job or if it damages something so that the part has to be replaced, you will soon see the value of the above advice.


Worn tools: the golden rule is 'If in doubt, throw it out!' Nothing is more frustrating than to have a worn wrench round off a nut or bolt, or a screwdriver that slips and gouges your new paintwork.


Screwdrivers - Flat drivers should have their blade filed or ground with nice sharp edges.

                          Posidrive or Phillips drivers can often be reclaimed by filing them.

                          On a Posi, again the edges should be nice and    sharp.

                          Japanese 'Philips' screws, the ones with a small dot beside the cross, are JIS not Philips.

                          Use the correct screwdrivers.


Wrenches / spanners:- Always try to use a socket or a ring rather than an open end wrench.

                      Check your open enders for being splayed from wear or stretch.


Grips / pliers:- If they have rubber handle grips, make sure they are well glued on.

                       Check the teeth for wear, they are not usually reclaimable.


Sockets:- sockets last for ages, but they can still wear. Check them for cracks due to overloading them.


Not really a safety thing, but use a bar first to crack open the nut or bolt before using your ratchet. This will add years to the life of the ratchet teeth.

If you have the luxury of an air impact tool, always use the proper impact sockets with it. Ordinary sockets can shatter very easily with one of these tools.

On the subject of air tools, never ever use compressed air as a plaything. Compressed air can remove an eye instantly and if the airline is pressed against the skin, it can put air bubbles into the blood stream which can kill !!


Hammers and mallets:-  Make sure the hammer head is tight on the shaft and that the shaft is not splintered. New shafts are cheap; the bit that the hammer head hits when it comes off is probably not!

Chipped hammer head faces will mark whatever you hit with them, so replace them.

Mallets with soft face inserts such as copper or aluminium will burr over at the edges over time. Remove these burrs periodically. Make sure the inserts are tight in the head.


Chisels and drifts:-  A blunt chisel is worse than useless! Keep the edge ground or filed sharp and square. The same for your drifts.

All chisels and drifts will burr over from the hammering. Remove these burrs before they remove themselves into part of you!

Whenever you are chiselling, wear eye protection!


Rotary wire brushes, buffing pads and grinders:- Alway, Always, Always wear eye protection when using these.

My mate Bill has recently found out the value of this advice, very painfully!

Your eyes cannot be replaced, so take very good care of them!

If your wire brushes look as though bits will come off, be sure that they will, because they will come off even if they don't look like it!

I'm sure that this will be viewed by many as 'teaching your grandmother to suck eggs' (whatever that means!) but it would be remiss of me to encourage you to do your own maintenance without making mention of some safety factors.


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J G Evans

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