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Posted on Sep 24, 2007 at 11:38 AM

Ok guys here is one for ya...My bike has been sitty all summer due to license being suspended I am leagal to drive again and I went to look at my bike and it has leaked a lot of oil this summer...Do ya think my cases are cracked or just a gasket problem? I have not touched it yet just went to go peek at it before I came to work last monday I get off work tomorrow and hey I can always take Tom's bike for a spin but I would rather take mine. Give me your thoughts...Please?

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Posted on Sep 25, 2007 at 07:31 AM

I have a buddy that swears by his leak detection method. He uses arrid extra dry (the powder aerosol) Clean everything up good on the outside. Run the bike until hot. Then spray the area where you see oil. The powder makes the origin of the oil more visible. I never tried it but at least the bike will smell good.

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Posted on Sep 25, 2007 at 06:40 AM

In #12 you say it pukes oil every time you let it sit 3 weeks so that's the check ball valve in the oil pump. No problems just nature of the beast. you could have the ball re-set in the seat but I wouldn't worry about it till you do a lower end . Just start it up once a week and no more problem.

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Posted on Sep 24, 2007 at 06:12 PM

Well it's a 89 Ultra been rode alot has 260,000 miles on ole Barney...the bad thing is Noskool if I clean it all up..it's just gonns shit oil everywhere when I start it any way 3 weeks sitting and it does always has my 90 fatboy did too. Looks like it's lost all it's oil but varly drops on the dipstick. LOL I will check oil level start it check level again then clea it up LOL. Just thought someone may have some insight...Man I hate working on it before I get to ride it. Been waiting for months now. But better safe than sorry! Thanks for the replies guys. I think Tom may be headed back home he can help me tomorrow we close on our house Wednesday be nice if we could take that 85 mile ride on our scoots! If not he's ridding bitch I did last weekend cause I was not legal yet...LOL (like that's happening)

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Posted on Sep 24, 2007 at 05:02 PM

I don't know what model or year scoot you have so I'm shooting in the dark a bit and will operate under the assumtion it is a pre-84 HD. I'd have to agree with Noskool relative to diagnostics. Attempt to determine if it's engine oil or tranny (heavier weight for tranny on my scoots - I have no idea for newer sleds). If you determine it's engine oil and it's leaking from under the primary cover (where the inner and outer primaries mesh) it could be the check ball in your oil pump. Sometimes they will "pit" a bit when sitting or the spring can get tired and will allow oil into the primary. If that's the case bring your oil level up to safe operating range and take it for a short putt then check her again. You may want to do that 2 or 3 times before you venture any distance.

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Posted on Sep 24, 2007 at 04:10 PM

hard to say.. you don't tell us what kind of bike it is? but i would clean it all up, and start it up, get under there and see where its leaking from. doubt its a craked case. probable a gasket. if its the one between the caese, your in for a major engine teardown to fix it.

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Posted on Sep 24, 2007 at 03:37 PM

Re:RK...I have not started it at all I work so much and mt wedding and all...he had been neglected...I know that when I do I will take it outside the garage in the grass cause it will puke oil everywhere. I will see what tomorrow brings. RK20032000 write: You have to check around the bike obviously. Were you starting it every week? Gaskets can dry out after a few months. Could have a bad check valve that let oil into the crank case. Check the breather as well. Noskool should be here in a minute.


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Posted on Sep 24, 2007 at 03:34 PM

Re:Jack, I fixed that when I had the shop change it before Daytona, and I have changed it twice since then...so that was not the problem. 07Glideman write: You know that the shop did not use silicon when they changed your oil last time. So I would drain the oil put on a new gasket with silicon and use AMSOIL transmission and motor oil.


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Posted on Sep 24, 2007 at 01:56 PM

change the oil, drain the gas and put in fresh, clean it up where it looks like it's leaking, then start it and get it warm and start looking for the leaks.. dch.

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Posted on Sep 24, 2007 at 01:51 PM

I don't think you have a problem. Crank case is probably full of oil and leaking out the breather. Push it out onto the grass {or somewhere a puddle of oil will disappear} and fire it up or turn it over for a few seconds. you should get a gusher of oil on the ground. I'm not kidding expect a mess. Then drain the oil and give it an oil change. Should be good as new. The oil is gravity feed and with it sitting a long time I'll bet it leaked past the check valve. Happens up North here if you leave oil in it and don't start or at least turn the motor over month or so every winter. I think it would have had to sit a lot longer than a summer for the gaskets to dry. My bikes sit all winter and never had that proublem

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Posted on Sep 24, 2007 at 11:51 AM

You have to check around the bike obviously. Were you starting it every week? Gaskets can dry out after a few months. Could have a bad check valve that let oil into the crank case. Check the breather as well. Noskool should be here in a minute.

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