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post #1 of 10 Old 12-19-2011, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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lots of oil in Alternator housing

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My name is Bob, I'm 49 years old and I live in York Pa. I have several large older street bikes and just recieved a 1987 or 88 KLR 650 from a friend as a gift. He was given the bike and could not get it working. He is a carpenter and not a mechanic.

I have not seen the bike yet but he tells me there was about a quart of oil sitting behind the alternator cover. He said it did not look like someplace that oil should have been. He told me he got it to turn over with the starter but it would not start.

I know nothing about this motor so can anyone tell me if this is a know problem or a normal situation to start with. I'm sure I'll find all kinds of other things to deal with later.

I shoud be home from work on Tuesday to take a closer look at the beast.

I'm really looking forward to bringing it back to life.
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Hi Everyone

My name is Bob, I'm 49 years old and I live in York Pa. I have several large older street bikes and just recieved a 1987 or 88 KLR 650 from a friend as a gift. He was given the bike and could not get it working. He is a carpenter and not a mechanic.

I have not seen the bike yet but he tells me there was about a quart of oil sitting behind the alternator cover. He said it did not look like someplace that oil should have been. He told me he got it to turn over with the starter but it would not start.

I know nothing about this motor so can anyone tell me if this is a know problem or a normal situation to start with. I'm sure I'll find all kinds of other things to deal with later.

I shoud be home from work on Tuesday to take a closer look at the beast.

I'm really looking forward to bringing it back to life.
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The seal behind the flywheel/stator is probably leaking. You'll have to pull the flywheel to get to it. Good opportunity to check the doohickey. Look in the Common Mods and Issues sub forum here, lot's of good info.

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I'd top it off with oil, and with coolant, and try to get it running; THEN diagnose the oil leak.

Sitting a long time? Imagine then the carburetor needs a good disassembly and cleaning; adjustment and reassembly.

Make sure the fuel tank and carb (drain screw opened) are drained, and filled with fresh, "righteous" gasoline.

I'd check for compression/fuel/spark; maybe get a good automotive battery jump for repeated cranking tries.

If you've compression and spark, STARTING FLUID can assure you of a combustible mixture ("Don't try this at home," but if you do, be careful; don't use too much; have fire extinguisher handy).
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The seal behind the flywheel/stator is probably leaking. You'll have to pull the flywheel to get to it. Good opportunity to check the doohickey. Look in the Common Mods and Issues sub forum lot's of good info.
Thanks for the help, I assume this means there is not supose to be any oil in this area. I have not pulled other alternators and recall some oil in the area but not enough to flood it. I think my V65 is that way.

So replacing that seal does not require the engin cases to be seperated? And something tells me that flywheel has a kawaski only tool for removal?
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If I'm reading this correctly you are saying ther is oil inside the motor (behind the cover) where the alternator is. This is perfectly normal, no need to be alarmed.
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The seal behind the flywheel/stator is probably leaking. You'll have to pull the flywheel to get to it. Good opportunity to check the doohickey. Look in the Common Mods and Issues sub forum here, lot's of good info.
I don't recall there being a seal behind the flywheel/stator. The entire flywheel is bathed in oil.
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I don't recall there being a seal behind the flywheel/stator. The entire flywheel is bathed in oil.

Yea you're right I was thinking about a 2 stroke motor.

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Hi Bob, My name is Allan and I have had some experience with KLR engines..... So, not sure if I am reading this correctly, but, the flywheel/alternator/stator or whatever one want to call it runs in an oil bath of sorts (being the sump), the same oil sump that the crank, gears, timing and balancer chains run in, much like the clutch does on the other side of the engine.
Question is ..... how was the presence of oil discovered (which is supposed to be there, even on a two stroke...just that on a two stroke the crank is sealed from the oil sump and is lubricated by the oil mixed into the fuel), perhaps the sump was overfilled and it poured out of the inspection port when it was removed?????? More info please. Regards, Allan
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Ive been loosely following this thread and thought the same thing...overfilled, maybe to the top of the sightglass with the bike on the sidestand? I suppose a quart or more would run out with the alt cover removed. May be the crankcase oil return passage blocked also.

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Unfortunately the original poster has not taken the time to clarify the problem so it's hard to say if there is really even an issue here at all. It would appear that the op's friend who gave him the bike did not understand that there is supposed to be oil in alternator area and relayed this as a possible problem to the op who posted the question here.
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