Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley – October 16, 2020

John Talley is back at it again for another Friday afternoon edition of Live Q&A, taking on your motorcycle and ATV repair questions. 

You never know which topics are going to dominate these live Q&A sessions, but once again Honda ATV and motorcycle questions took center stage. Check out excerpts from Partzilla’s latest live Q&A session below, and tune into our YouTube and Facebook channels every Friday at 3pm Eastern for the next edition.

Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley 10-16-20

Partzilla Live Q&A Highlights – Honda Motorcycle & ATV Repair 

Honda Motorcycle Repair

Why do you think Honda makes it so difficult to change the air filter on a Goldwing?

John Talley: I don’t know. That thing may be a little bit sadistic. It is unreal how tough it is to do one. I don’t care which year Goldwing you’re trying to dive into, they are tough. We did several different procedures on ours, and if you need help walking you through that, in the video we did … I go bolt-by-bolt, how to go all the way down to that air filter and all the way back out, so if you would, refer to the playlist for that particular unit. Don’t be afraid of it, just take your time and lay out everything as you’re pulling it apart, that way it’ll be a lot easier to put it back together. I don’t know why but just on what they call the “shelf”, there are like six different length and diameter screws, just for that? I mean, really Honda? You needed to do that to us? …

Honda ATV Repair

I have a TRX 300EX that won’t start. The battery is good, the fuse is good, but no lights on the dashboard. Any suggestions?

John Talley: … I believe we did a similar machine, our TRX[400]EX, where we went through a no-start scenario. What I would go to next in your particular application in it not having any lights, I would be suspect of the actual on/off switch, and focus on that. Because you’ve already determined you have a good battery, and you’ve already checked your fuse, so next is to figure out why we’re not getting power to the lights or the display. I would probably head to the actual on/off switch next. 

I have a 2003 400EX. I’m watching your video on how to take apart and rebuild the top end. The piston is really destroyed and there could possibly be metal in the bottom end. Is there a way to flush the bottom end without taking it apart, or do I have to split the cases?

John Talley: Oh boy. You need to be really careful because any small material, any type, especially metal, that’s going to circulate through your engine is going to … if it can get to a bearing surface, it’s going to destroy that surface. If it goes through some of the smaller inlets inside of the oil passageways, it’s going to stop it up and then you’re going to have a big mess, it’s going to get even worse. I would want to know, did the piston come apart, where it actually let metal chunks get into the bottom end? If it’s that extensive, then you’re going to have to go ahead and split the cases. For no other reason than just to clean everything up, because there’s no way you can just turn it upside down and spray brake cleaner on the connecting rod and the crankshaft to get all of that out of there, so unfortunately you’re going to have to go a little bit further. … go ahead and split the cases. 

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