Table of Contents
- 1 How much oil pressure should a Shovelhead have?
- 2 How many quarts of oil does a 1980 Shovelhead take?
- 3 Do Shovelheads have oil filters?
- 4 What are the signs of a bad oil pump?
- 5 What is a cam plate?
- 6 What causes a Shovelhead to have low oil pressure?
- 7 What do you need to know about Shovelhead service?
How much oil pressure should a Shovelhead have?
If you’re running a pressure gauge you should see around 25 psi at speed.
How many quarts of oil does a 1980 Shovelhead take?
Harley-Davidson recommends 4 quarts of SAE 50 or 60 engine oil in all 1966 through 1984 shovelheads. The transmission uses 1.5 pints of HD transmission lubricant, although many people use 75w90 gear oil mixed 3-to-1 with Lucas oil.
How much oil pressure should a Harley have at idle?
The normal oil pressure when the bike is at running temp is around 32 psi and when at a idle the oil gauge should only read 4 to 7 psi. There could be a few things that cause a fluctuation in the gauge, it could be a bad wire connection or a bad oil pressure sensor or the oil pump could be going bad.
What is the normal oil pressure for a Harley Davidson?
35 is plenty and it doesn’t take much at idle.
Do Shovelheads have oil filters?
The Shovelhead engine, as produced up to 1981, relied on an in-oil tank filter element to keep debris from entering the engine. Unscrew the oil tank cap from the left side of the motorcycle, located directly below the rider’s seat.
What are the signs of a bad oil pump?
Common Symptoms of a bad oil pump
- Low Oil Pressure.
- Increased Engine Temperature.
- Hydraulic Lifter Noise.
- Noise from the Valve-Train System.
- Noise at the Oil Pump.
- Stop Driving.
- Check the Oil Pressure Measurement Unit on the Engine.
- Check the Engine Oil Port Pressure Using A Gauge.
Why is oil coming out of my air filter on my Harley?
When oil drips out of an air cleaner assembly, it is usually an indication that the air cleaner element is due to be cleaned, or changed.
Where is the oil pump?
Oil pumps are usually either inside the oil pan and driven by a camshaft or outside the pan and driven by a crankshaft. When those engine parts start moving, the pump starts working at the same time to pump oil to reduce friction and wear between moving parts and prevent the engine from seizing.
What is a cam plate?
noun A plate having an irregular outline which gives an irregular motion to the elements which it drives; a plate having projections on its face which act as cams; a cam.
What causes a Shovelhead to have low oil pressure?
Foam is normal, it occurs in the return side of the pump. The pump picks up oil and air mixed which causes the foamy look to oil on top in the tank. Water in the oil results in a milky consistency to the oil and a grey color. Shovels have low pressure it is quite common to see 0 pressure at idle warm, and 10-12# @ 2k rpms.
Who is the owner of the Shovelhead engine?
In this instructional video, motorcycle guru Frank Kaisler walks you through the care and service of Harley-Davidson’s venerable Shovelhead engine. Frank shares hard-earned tips and tricks along with important information that have served him so well over the past four decades.
When did the first Shovelhead generator come out?
The first generation had generator cases so basically what the factory would do is they would change either the top end or the lower end of the motor. These lower ends had been produced in one form or another from Panhead from 1948 up to ’84, it’s just that in ’66 they put a Shovelhead top end on instead of the Panhead.
What do you need to know about Shovelhead service?
Shovelhead service is simple. We’re going to pop the plugs out so we can adjust the valves, adjust the timing, do the rear chain. It’s got a front belt drive. We’re going to change the oil, but everything starts with the plugs.