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post #1 of 11 Old 06-18-2013, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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No oil in sight glass at idle

Recently my 2006 KLR 650's sight glass won't show any oil when it's idling. I feel like it did before but can't be totally sure. It also isn't filling up very well when it's leaned upright in the garage either. Does anyone know what's going on with this thing?

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-18-2013, 08:43 PM
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not seeing the oil at idle is normal, if you look closely, you'll probably see it splashing if you look through the bottom of the window.

to properly check the oil, let it sit for a few minutes after running to allow the oil to drain back down, or better yet check first thing in the morning. stand the bike up until it balances, use your leg next to the bike to stabilize it and check the window. you want to keep it right at the top

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yeah when it is idling the oil is beeing circulated so you wont really see it in the glass. but shut her off and check. thats how you will know you have enough. but dont overfill you can blow some seals

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How will I know if I've blown a seal?
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How will I know if I've blown a seal?
You will be in the Arctic , and have seal jizz all over your face
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Haha, classic. No for real, oil fouled spark plug, dead bike, jizz all over?
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You will be in the Arctic , and have seal jizz all over your face
The most creative reply I have heard in a while.

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Hi DurdensVision!
The oil should be just to the top of the sight glass when full and no lower than 1/8 inch above the bottom of the sight glass when low. There are marks on the engine case next to the sight glass. The bike needs to sit a few minutes before checking to give the jizz I mean oil time to flow back to the bottom of the engine. I like to check mine before each ride and after filling up, before restarting the engine. If you do have a seal fail there will be a leak, oil will flow out on the ground. The sprocket shaft is the most likely failure point. You would have to be very overfull to cause this. Also a too tight chain can cause the sprocket seal to leak and sprocket shaft bearing to fail....in the Arctic....allll alooone.....
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I fill my oil to the top of the sight glass so the air bubble just disappears. This way if I see any air in the sight glass I instantly know the bike has drank some oil. It is much easier than trying to decide if the level is where it should be.

On the new gen bikes with their thirst for oil I would never allow the oil level to get past this top mark.....whether correct or not. The damage that has been caused by low oil lately is extremely costly and with this damage happening more frequently the price of used heads has gone through the roof!

Alway check your oil every day if on short rides and at every gas fill up on long rides....it takes a second and could save you hundreds if not thousands of $$$ in repair costs.

Did I say check your oil???

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