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post #1 of 8 Old 05-29-2007, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Metal shavings in my oil?

I changed my oil for the first time today and noticed some fine metal shavings when I took out the oil filter. I know my dads Harley gets shavings on his magnetic drain plug, but I abuse my jeep with 140,000 miles and it does'nt have any in the engine or tranny. Is it typical for a KLR with 12000 miles to have some in the oil? Also I changed oil types to spectra gold 20w50, the guy I bought the bike from said its what he used, but when I changed the oil it is a little milky looking after it gets churned up. Is that what happens if I go from one oil to another? Should I change it in about a week or so to get out the little amount old oil that mixed in with the new?
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-30-2007, 02:38 AM
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Sounds like you might have a loose water pump impeller along with a bad water pump seal. Milky oil comes from water/coolant in it. Is the metal magnetic?
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It is common for the KLR to have shavings in the the oil and filter the first couple of oil changes. Why is a good question!
You can get water in the oil from condisation too, I would change the oil again after 50-100 miles. Or you can order the water pump seal, and check the impeller shaft while you do the oil strainer clean out. Most KLRs have been found with a lot of gasket sealant in the oil strainer.

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-30-2007, 11:47 AM
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Just out of curiosity, could the shavings be some of the clutch disk material. I noticed quite a bit of bright material in the filter at my 500 mile service.

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Just out of curiosity, could the shavings be some of the clutch disk material. I noticed quite a bit of bright material in the filter at my 500 mile service.
Could be, yours sounds normal/typical. Gitrdun's is definitely not typical at 12,000 miles.
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I dont think its water in the oil. I had problems with my old cutlas one time that leaked water into the oil badly. I had to change the oil and coolant once a week. Looked like white chunks in the oil. It doesnt look like that. It just gets frothy. I was hoping 2 different types of oils might make it look this way. It has a light puke green look, and you cant see through it till it settles. I know the coolant level has never changed. Also I was told my clutches are'nt made of a material that can produce shavings like this. Can these shavings be a balancer lever issue? I have the kit to change it out in the mail. My dealer wants me to trade in my 06 Arctic Cat 400 L.E. with 138 miles and 19 hours and my 2000 KLR for a 08 KLR or a 08 DRZ400. Am I being overly pariniod or should I be think about a trade-in. The Arctic Cat is worth about 4500 on trade.
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I'd do the trade for the '08 klr. Straight across? Do it.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-30-2007, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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I guess I should add that I rode the bike for a couple hours before I changed the oil and i looked perfect except for the shavings in. It was translusent at all times, before or after I rode.
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