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post #1 of 6 Old 04-28-2016, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Oil leak

I have a 2000 KLR 650 A and it seems to be leaking oil near the starter. Every where else is dry on the bike except there after each ride lately. There is no oil spotting on the ground when it's been parked, but it is using/leaking a decent amount. Anyone have any ideas about what needs to be done? 11300 miles on the thing. I bought it in January. Any help would be appreciated!
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Clean the area really well, removing all traces of oil. Spray it with foot powder, which will leave a white residue.

Ride it a bit. Any oil that is leaking will stain the powder and show you where the source of the leak is.

If it is where the starter nose goes into the left side case, there is an 'O' ring in there that may have been cut when the starter was installed.

Pictures help; if you tell us where we can find a picture of your leak we'll post it up for you.


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Hopefully your oil leak maybe cured by removal of exhaust header, starter motor and then the replacement of Banjo Bolt Gaskets and exhaust header Gasket. Leakage from oil pipe banjo bolt would be near the RH end of the starter motor.

If leakage is near LH end of starter motor it could be from the 'O'-ring on the LH end of the starter motor.

My personal '87 -A1 has always had a little 'seepage' from the top center seam of the cases. 'Gunk Engine Bright' and hot water are my friends.

If you thoroughly de-grease and dry the area, then spray foot powder on the suspect area and allow it to dry.
When you re-start the engine the foot powder will show the problem area very quickly.

If your going to have that 1st oil banjo bolt out to install new gaskets I'll suggest that you either replace the existing banjo bolt with K part #92150-1641 or drill the existing "tiny little hole" larger. Like 1/8 inch and drill it clear thru both sides.

Maybe read about It here; http://www.klrforum.com/1987-2007-wr...ride-data.html

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I third the spray foot powder leak detection method. My first try blew up on me when I bought the house brand spray powder at a CVS store and it turned out to be clear rather than white.

Gold Bond spray foot powder is white and displays oil leaks well.

Anyone need some clear spray foot powder cheap?
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You should keep the clear spray for checking engines which aren't leaking.
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I hear it's good for feet too.
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