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post #1 of 17 Old 10-20-2009, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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slight Oil Leak

I have a slight oil leak. It is coming from the bolt that holds the case together shown in the pic. It is very small, only about one drop every one or two days.



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post #2 of 17 Old 10-20-2009, 10:52 AM
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Get some teflon plumbers tape at the hardware store. Make sure and get the kind that can stand up to heat. Wrap one length following the threads. I stripped my drain and after I fixed it it would leak a little. Not since I started using the tape (someone here suggested it).




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Get some teflon plumbers tape at the hardware store. Make sure and get the kind that can stand up to heat. Wrap one length following the threads. I stripped my drain and after I fixed it it would leak a little. Not since I started using the tape (someone here suggested it).
It isn't coming out of the drain plug though. It is coming out if the other bolt in the picture. Do you think that I should still do that?
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Hmmm. Probably not. Sorry, I thought you were talking about the drain plug.




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You might try a strand of tape underneath the shoulder of the bolt. Or replace the bolt, cleaning the case very well first.

Actually, if that's all that's leaking. I'd just put a scrap of carpet or something where I usualy park in the garage and forget about it.
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Yeah, I'm kind of with BigIron on this one. My Dad used to work on helicopters in the Navy (and fly them). When he was out here (before I started to use the tape), I was bitching about the oil seep/leak. He laughed and said he never trusted a machine that didn't leak a little oil. As long as it's not a puddle under your bike, check the levels a little more often and be proud...there is a grand tradition of oil leaks to back you.




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I remember going into a harley dealership back in the mid 70's (of course, I was VERY young) and seeing drip pans under the brand new bikes.
I was impressed.
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I remember going into a harley dealership back in the mid 70's (of course, I was VERY young) and seeing drip pans under the brand new bikes.
I was impressed.
This isn't a Harley, so I don't expect it to leak THAT much.
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Have you tried torquing to to spec? Probably 69 inch pounds (I could be wrong). Short of that it needs a new gasket.

I would do anything needed not to have a drip pan in my garage. The Shame !!!!

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Have you tried torquing to to spec? Probably 69 inch pounds (I could be wrong). Short of that it needs a new gasket.

I would do anything needed not to have a drip pan in my garage. The Shame !!!!

How hard is it to replace that gasket?

Say I took it to a shop for repair, what would I be looking at?
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