How To Change a Valve Cover Gasket on a Moto Guzzi California : Moto Guzzi…

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After home from a nice on my California Vintage, I was shocked to see oil down the fins on the left

I was lucky in a way because it apparently had started only moments What could be causing oil to like this?  Oil was dripping fin by fin, and eventually landing on the foot board and toe part of the shift mechanism.

It seemed to almost as soon as I parked it on side stand, but it kept on dripping for several minutes In retrospect, it was not really that oil at all, but when you don’t it and you always keep your as clean like I do, at that it seemed like an oil waterfall!

I put the bike on the center stand and checked the valve cover The oil was still dripping a little, but all the cover screws were I got a little scared thinking of all the possibilities that could caused such a leak.

After searching for clues and on the motorcycle, on the internet, and after with my Moto Guzzi about it, I began to realize it was just the valve cover that was leaking.  This be a very simple fix.  I have claimed it under but I’m a bit of a gear-head, so I decided to do it myself.

a valve cover gasket on a Guzzi California is a lot like a valve cover gasket on an car, but easier because of the I say like an older car because are no hoses and other stuff in the it’s beautiful.  The California has 1064cc push rod engine 2 valves per cylinder.

  This engine pretty the same as the Moto Guzzi V11 engine.  It is simple and beautiful.

are two other things fastened with the valve cover, and are the engine guard and the knee There is nothing to removing because thee same that hold the valve to the head also are holding guards.

First, I unplugged the spark plug wire.  If you know, this Guzzi has two spark plugs per cylinder. I began to loosen the 8 valve screws, just a small of rotation each, going the cover in a star pattern to try to it as evenly as possible.

  It may seem but I didn’t want to risk the mounting flange of the … valve cover.

The knee guard is a sheet weldment with a ribbed rubber cover on it.  It is near the intake manifold and is in place by 2 of the valve cover The lower screw also the end of the … cast aluminum guard, but that guard over the top of the knee guard metal, sandwiching it in between the and the engine guard.

The rest of the guard sits directly on the cover, but that one end has the sheet thickness of the knee guard it and the valve cover flange.  It the engine guard would be clamped due to the knee guard, but is the way it came from the factory.

I noticed there are no washers on any of the cover screws, which I was a bit unusual.  With the knee and engine guard removed, all is left to do is to remove the valve I lifted very slowly and carefully because I wanted to see condition the gasket was in.

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  I immediately noticed that the two screw holes were out, and that the gasket had from those areas, and the in between those screws.

The gasket was a relatively thick, gray material.  The new gaskets dealer were green and thinner.  I carefully cleaned any bits of gasket that stuck to the valve cover and the head.

Finally, I positioned the new onto the head and the placed the cover on.  I was super to make sure the gasket were aligned perfectly the screws as I tightened them in a star pattern, applying a and equal amount of torque to

Before I started up the Guzzi, I sure that every hint of oil stain was cleaned up and it looked good as new, between the fins.  If you don’t do how would you know if an oil stain was new or

After about one mile, I and checked for leak.  All was good.  I about 5 more miles and pulled over and checked

  Finally, I rode a little longer, checked again and to realize that the problem was

I have been told by Moto Guzzi owners the valve cover gaskets are re-usable for a few times; however, I it’s a safer bet to go ahead and them if you have the cover off for any I suspect the first service adjustments may have caused the These gaskets cost $17 US for the pair from a Moto dealer that had them in

I hope you found this to be helpful, and I hope you will back to visit MotoGuzziCalifornia soon.

Moto Guzzi California Stone
Moto Guzzi California Stone
Moto Guzzi California Stone
Moto Guzzi California Stone

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