uh-oh - missing oil filter mounting pin
Ack. Went to change my oil for the first time since I bought the bike. I've put a bit over 1k miles on it. Thought I was making a good choice since I got an '09, and from an older guy who was pretty easy on it - his first bike, and was obviously a backyard mechanic, as he had several cars, an immaculate garage, his own lift, etc. And the bike looked to be in great shape. Go to change the oil, no crush washer on the drain plug. and then I pull the filter, and there is no filter mounting pin/bypass valve. The filter is just sitting in there. I'm just curious, how bad is this? does it mean the filter hasn't been effectively filtering at all, or just maybe that if it got clogged the bypass valve wouldn't work? Gotta call the dealer and see about the part, which sucks, cause that will probably keep me off the bike for a week. Though I've already put so many miles on it like this.