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Other noise
Connecting
rod small end clearance
excessive
Connecting rod
big
end
clearance excessive
Piston ring(s) worn, broken,
or
stuck
Piston
seizure damage
Cylinder
head
gas
ket
leaking
Exhaust
pipe
leaking
at
cylinder head connection
Crankshaft
runout excessive
Engine
mounts
loose
Crankshaft bearings worn
Camshaft chain tensioner trouble
Camshaft chain,
sprocket, guides
worn
Camshaft chain
requires
adjustment
Abnormal Drive Train
Noise
Clutch
noise
Clu
tch
housing/friction
plate clearance
excessive
Wea
k or
damaged
shock damper
Transmission noise
Bearings
worn
Transmission gears
worn
or chi
pped
Metal
chips
jammed
in
gear
teeth
Engine oil insufficient or
too
thin
Drive
chain
noise
Drive
chain adjusted improperly
Chain
worn
Rear and/or
engine
sprocket
(s) worn
Chain
lubrication insufficient
Rear
wheel misaligned
Abnormal Frame Noise
Front
fork
noise
Oil
insufficienl or too
thin
Spring
weak
or
broken
Rear
shock
absorber noise
Shock ,tbsorber trouble
Disc
brake
noise
Pad
B
loose
Pad
surface
glazed
Disc
warped
Caliper seal damaged
Cylinder
damaged
Wheel improperly installed
Other noise
Brac
kets,
nu
ts,
bolts,
etc.
not properly mounted or
lightened
Exhaust Smokes Excessively
White
smoke
Piston oil rin
g
worn
Cylinder worn
Valve oil
seal
damaged
Valve gu
ide
worn
o
rings
at
the
cyli
nder
oil
passage
orifice
are
dam-
aged
Engine oil
level Loo
high
Black
s
moke
Air
cleaner
clogged
Main
jct
too
large
or
fal len
off
Fuel
level too high
Brown
smoke
Main jet
too
smal
I
Fuel level
too
low
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Carburetor
in
take
ducts
loose
Air
cleaner
poorly
sealed
or missing
Handling and/or Stability Unsatisfactory
Handlebar
hard
to turn
Steering stem
locknut
too
tigh
t
Bearing
balls
damaged
Race (s) dented or
worn
Steering
stem
lubrication
inadequate
SLeering stem
bent
Tire
air
pressure
too low
Handlebar shakes or excessively
vibrates
Tire(s) worn
Swing arm bush
and sleeve worn
Rim (s)
warped, or
not balanced
Wheel
bcaring(s)
worn
Handlebar
clam
ps
loose
Steering
stem
head
bolt
and/or
clamp
bolt loose
Handlebar
pulls to one side
Frame
bent
Wheel misalignrncnt
Swing
arm
bent. or
twisted
Steering
stem bent
Front
fork
bent
Right/left
front fork oil
level
u
neven
Right/lef
L
rear
shock
absorbers unbalanced
Shock
absorption
unsatisfactory
Too hard:
Front
fork
oil
excessive
Front
fork
oil
viscosity Loo
high
Tire
air
pressure
too
high
Shock
absorber maladjusted
Front
fork
bent
Too
soft:
Front
fork
oil
insufficient and/or
leaking
Front
fork
oil viscosity too
low
Front fork, rear shock absorber spring(s) weak
Rear shock
absorber
oil
leaking
Brakes Don't Hold
Disc
Brake
Air in the brake line
Pad or
disc
worn
Brake
fluid
leak
Contaminated
pads
Brake
fluid
deteriorated
Primary
or
secondary cup
damaged
Master cy
linder
scratched inside
Battery
Discharged
Battery
raulty {e.g.,
plates
sul
phatcd,
shorted
through
sedimentation,
electrolyte
level
too
low)
Battery
leads
making poor contact
Load excessive
(e.g., bul
b
of
excessive
wattage)
Rectifier
trouble
Ignition
switch trouble
Regulator
trouble
Stator
coil open or
short
Wiring
faulty

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