by Jim Zeiser
(Deposit, New York)

I just spent a long day in the garage checking and adjusting the valves on my Milano. The sun was blazing hot when I started the job near midday, so I moved my wife's motorcycle so I could work inside.

It was still warm and occasional drinks of cola did little to alleviate it. Worse was when I stripped a bolt on the valve cover and had to look for a replacement bolt and tap to fix my error.

A three hour job stretched into a five hour job with that repair and a requisite adjustment of both valves.

When you're hot and the job isn't going as smoothly as you'd like, everything becomes an effort. Just lining up the timing marks to set the valves took longer than usual.

Ultimately it all went back together fine and is running like a well oiled machine. Other jobs, like an oil change, await. Hopefully they'll go more expeditiously.


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Jun 05, 2010
Believe it or Not
by: Jim Zeiser

I stayed calm throughout the ordeal Kathi. It was just frustrating trying to deal with locating a bolt and adjusting the valves in the frame. The last time I did it the engine was out of the frame and the valves were much easier to access. Also, this being the third time I've taken the plastic panels off made the job less of a surprise package.

Jun 04, 2010
by: Kathi

Jim... I can just picture it... you sputtering and cursing... oh wait, that's how my better half handles things like this... maybe you're calmer? :)

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