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Old August 15th, 2017   #1
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My first new-2-me ST1300 just arrived. 2005 ABS with 34K miles. No manual and was completely stumped when I started looking for the oil fill port. Found me answer here. Lots of good information. Thanks
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Old August 15th, 2017   #2
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Old August 16th, 2017   #3
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Welcome!

And just like the hidden Oil filler there's a trick to the gas cap. If you don't keep it lubed Someday at the gas station when you go to close it, it won't latch! I use white lithium grease and spray it into the keyhole.
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I had the same problem when I bought my '04 used. I had to wait on the manual I ordered to find out where the filler was and how to access it. I hated that part and I hated the oil filter location (when you change the oil for the first time you will understand) but other than that, I loved the ST1300.

Sometimes I wind up in Mississippi looking for a decent lunch. About where in MS are you?
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Thanks for the welcome wishes. Also the tip on the gas cap. Another jewel I can add to my list. As for the first oil change, I now know what the recommendation for a foil wrap on that section of pipe is intended to accomplish. She smelled like 454 Chevy with a blown valve cover gasket there for a few miles!
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Thanks for the welcome wishes. Also the tip on the gas cap. Another jewel I can add to my list. As for the first oil change, I now know what the recommendation for a foil wrap on that section of pipe is intended to accomplish. She smelled like 454 Chevy with a blown valve cover gasket there for a few miles!
Surely you could have just said, "Any Ford with over 50 miles on it."

There are little tricks that make the oil change easier. You will get it figured out.

Again, about where in the Magnolia State are you located? I have no problem letting you buy me lunch in Lorman MS at The Old Country Store.
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Be careful with spraying Lithium Grease into the gas cap lock.
Short of dry graphite, not the liquid that evaporates type, anything you spray in there will attract crap.
Put it on the key not into the lock.
Do it several times and the pins will be well lubed.

Besides the lock is not where where the problem resides.

View the attached pictures and take a look at your cap assembly.
Look for spots on your cap in the location in the pictures that have been filed, it will look shiner in those spots if it is catching on the tank rim.

Lightly file the cap body but avoid the rubber seal gasket.
Blow it off very carefully, a can of air if you don't has a compressor.
Wipe the spots with a thin coat of grease on your finger.
Close and open the cap several times and look to see if it is moving the grease.
If it is more filing until it does not.

A light wipe of grease on the rubber, seal grease is best no chemicals that swell rubber, is not a bad idea. Light coat or none.

The file fix is a permanent fix for a sticky gas cap that has shown up from time to time and it likes to appear when you are looking to put fuel in and really did not need to screw with a sticky Gas cap.
Fit it once and be done.

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Or try one of these...no lock to cause problems at all! Problems include 1) water getting into the lock during rain 2) Twisting off the too thin key in the lock while fiddling with it (check your key...is it twisted?
If so you are close to snapping it off in the lock. This can also happen in the ignition switch, the bag mount and the bags themselves. The key is just too thin. )

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gas-Cap-Fuel...EAAOSwo6lWGxra
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Surely you could have just said, "Any Ford with over 50 miles on it."

There are little tricks that make the oil change easier. You will get it figured out.

Again, about where in the Magnolia State are you located? I have no problem letting you buy me lunch in Lorman MS at The Old Country Store.

I'm in Brookhaven. Rode over to the Old Store a couple months back. Could barely walk when I left! Ready to do it again! Soon as the damned LoveBuggs disappear, I'll take you up on a meet-an-eat in Lorman.
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Good tip PaulRB. I will look at mine asap. I have noticed the key is difficult to insert into the ignition. Only have one so I better get another cut quickly!
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