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post #1 of 10 Old 10-12-2013, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Small Oil Leak...

Hey all, a newbie owner of a 2012 KLR, that I got new...I've ridden about 160 miles on it (love it), but it seems to have developed a small oil leak out of the drain pan nut area. Not a lot of oil, but noticeable on the garage floor after about a week.

Is this normal, or something to worry about and bring back to the dealer before the 500 mile oil change and inspection...thanks in advance for the help.
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Hello and welcome to the forum!

With only 160 miles on it I'm guessing you just bought it? I would take it back to the dealer and have them check it out, it is after all practically brand new. If you try tightening any fasteners or the oil drain plug, please be sure to use a torque wrench.

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Hello and welcome to the forum !!!

No, that is not normal. Have you tried tightening the drain plug? If you do be VERY careful, a few here have reported stripping it. Just a bit of pressure using a combination wrench or a 3/8" ratchet should do it. If not, back to the dealer you bought it from.

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With only 160 miles on it I'm guessing you just bought it? I would take it back to the dealer and have them check it out, it is after all practically brand new. If you try tightening any fasteners or the oil drain plug, please be sure to use a torque wrench.
Thanks Stew, yeah, it's brand new, so I'll take it back to the dealer and see what's up. Thanks for the response.
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[QUOTE=650Stew;242314 If you try tightening any fasteners or the oil drain plug, please be sure to use a torque wrench. [/QUOTE]

I know I'll catch some flak here for this but be leery of the "Horror Fright" type cheapo torque wrenches available. Thankfully I have access to a device that can inspect the accuracy of torque wrenches. The 3/8" Harbor Freight model I bought was off 30 percent in the middle of the range and worse toward the extremes. I use it now as a breaker bar. I have two Proto's and one Snap-On, 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2". All micrometer adjust clickers. Expensive yes, but reliable.

All of them are within 10 percent in the middle of the range and off enough towards the extremes to warrant using one that can give the torque needed along the middle.

Not sure if it's true but I was taught to NEVER use a torque wrench to loosen a fastener. The Snap-On is ONLY one way, you cannot loosen with it.

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Thanks Stew, yeah, it's brand new, so I'll take it back to the dealer and see what's up. Thanks for the response.
Good call I would say, let them fix it for you. I'm guessing they missed something on the dealer prep and set up.

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DO NOT STRIP THE OIL DRAIN PLUG HOLE!!!!!!!!!!

For if you do, you shall see my lengthy and informative, "Oversize Oil Drain Plug," post!



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One hopes, the dealership did not pre-strip the threads for you, by over-torquing the plug manually, or by unleashing an air impact wrench on it in new-bike prep . . . possibly, the technician omitted the crush washer . . .
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DO NOT STRIP THE OIL DRAIN PLUG HOLE!!!!!!!!!!

For if you do, you shall see my lengthy and informative, "Oversize Oil Drain Plug," post!



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One hopes, the dealership did not pre-strip the threads for you, by over-torquing the plug manually, or by unleashing an air impact wrench on it in new-bike prep . . . possibly, the technician omitted the crush washer . . .
LOL...I'll check it out for sure.

But I'll take the other guys advice and let the dealer handle it at this point, not sure if I want to mess with the engine parts of a brand new bike as long as it's under warranty.

It seems as if it's stopped now...looks like it did a little leaking after a ride when the engine warmed up, and now that it's cold, nada...but I'll take her out again today and put a piece of cardboard under to see if there's anything new.

Thanks for all the help guys...much appreciated by an old duffer who stopped riding on the streets about the same time people decided that cell phones were more interesting than the road in front of them. Putting my toe in the water slowly...
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Not sure if it's true but I was taught to NEVER use a torque wrench to loosen a fastener
Very true
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I HAVE stripped mine. First oil change, many moons ago. Let the dealer deal with it, BUT, that soft aluminum is no joke. I had a bad torque wrench and I kept waiting for the click thinking "man, this feels like too much...." right up until it started spinning.

Now, I never use a torque wrench on the drain plug. Just snug it down.

Maybe they forgot to put the squash washer in?




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