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Old 05-03-2011, 06:47 PM   #101
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I would be interested in a maintenance day. I don't like paying $60 oil changes.
You should probably take the basic maintenance class that Motorcycles Unlimited offers the next time it's offered. It's worth it. Or buy the oil and filter. I'm sure that someone will help/teach you how to. It's not hard.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:47 PM   #102
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Starting to do some of the basic maintenance myself, but it's going slow because I need to pick a lot of the tools I need. I don't even have a torque wrench yet...
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Hey fellas. New member here.

I do all the basic maintenance on my car and bike. Just did oil, brake fluid, and coolant change. Gonna tackle changing the chain and sprockets soon.

But she started leaking oil months before the last oil change last month. I thought it was because of the old oil, but after the oil change there's still a slow leak. It's more of a drop once or twice a week when the motor is off. FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Have you located the source of the leak yet?
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:01 PM   #104
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Hey fellas. New member here.

I do all the basic maintenance on my car and bike. Just did oil, brake fluid, and coolant change. Gonna tackle changing the chain and sprockets soon.

But she started leaking oil months before the last oil change last month. I thought it was because of the old oil, but after the oil change there's still a slow leak. It's more of a drop once or twice a week when the motor is off. FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
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any idea where it may be coming from....
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It's coming from somewhere on the bottom right portion of the block to the side of the oil level sight.

I lack the proper tools, so most likely I'll have a qualified mechanic take a look at it.

I hope it's minor like a gasket problem or something. Bike runs fine otherwise.
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It's coming from somewhere on the bottom right portion of the block to the side of the oil level sight.

I lack the proper tools, so most likely I'll have a qualified mechanic take a look at it.

I hope it's minor like a gasket problem or something. Bike runs fine otherwise.
What kind of bike?
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Will take pic of the source when I can. Most likely tomorrow.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:23 PM   #109
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Hey fellas. New member here.

I do all the basic maintenance on my car and bike. Just did oil, brake fluid, and coolant change. Gonna tackle changing the chain and sprockets soon.

But she started leaking oil months before the last oil change last month. I thought it was because of the old oil, but after the oil change there's still a slow leak. It's more of a drop once or twice a week when the motor is off. FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Where is the leak? Is it the oil pan gasket or just the plug? Check the tightness of that plug quickly.
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take pictures and post it... give us something to look at!
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It's definitely not coming from the plug nor the oil filter. I'll have a pic up tomorrow!
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Why do i work on my bike??? because i am broke...

But i do enjoy working on my car or bike, as long as i know what i am doing.....
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It's definitely not coming from the plug nor the oil filter. I'll have a pic up tomorrow!
Clean up the area good so you can identify the leaks location for certain. It could be a few different things.
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If it wasn't leaking before you changed the oil and it is now it can only be a few things;
Did you change the sealing washer on the plug?
Did you properly torque the drain plug?
Did you make sure the old oil filter gasket came off before you installed the new filter?
Did you install the correct filter for your bike and tighten it properly?
Did you fill it with the correct amount of oil and tighten the oil fill cap?
Is the o ring on the oil fill cap there and is it in good condition?
Did you clean up the run off oil from the headers from when you drained it and removed the filter?
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If it wasn't leaking before you changed the oil and it is now it can only be a few things;
Did you change the sealing washer on the plug?
Did you properly torque the drain plug?
Did you make sure the old oil filter gasket came off before you installed the new filter?
Did you install the correct filter for your bike and tighten it properly?
Did you fill it with the correct amount of oil and tighten the oil fill cap?
Is the o ring on the oil fill cap there and is it in good condition?
Did you clean up the run off oil from the headers from when you drained it and removed the filter?

I have done that one once
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I have absolutely no experience, but I enjoy learning and thank all the guys who have helped me and taught me how to do small things on my bike!


I don't know what the names of the tools are but I can def piece things together and change my oil now!
There are a lot of things I wish I could do, but simply am not strong enough for.

I know there is still some time before I need to rebuild my forks but I am totally looking forward to doing that myself! (With help of course!)
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Hey fellas. New member here.

I do all the basic maintenance on my car and bike. Just did oil, brake fluid, and coolant change. Gonna tackle changing the chain and sprockets soon.

But she started leaking oil months before the last oil change last month. I thought it was because of the old oil, but after the oil change there's still a slow leak. It's more of a drop once or twice a week when the motor is off. FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
BEFORE...... NOT AFTER...


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If it wasn't leaking before you changed the oil and it is now it can only be a few things;
Did you change the sealing washer on the plug?
Did you properly torque the drain plug?
Did you make sure the old oil filter gasket came off before you installed the new filter?
Did you install the correct filter for your bike and tighten it properly?
Did you fill it with the correct amount of oil and tighten the oil fill cap?
Is the o ring on the oil fill cap there and is it in good condition?
Did you clean up the run off oil from the headers from when you drained it and removed the filter?
STILL A GOOD LIST TO CHECK...
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Once in awhile I'll change the oil/filter myself...........99% of the time it goes to Motorcycles Unlimited for everything. I know it will be done right, they will tell me if there is something that needs attention and I often find that I will learn something useful by sitting there quietly waiting for them to get finished.
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Hey fellas. New member here.

I do all the basic maintenance on my car and bike. Just did oil, brake fluid, and coolant change. Gonna tackle changing the chain and sprockets soon.

But she started leaking oil months before the last oil change last month. I thought it was because of the old oil, but after the oil change there's still a slow leak. It's more of a drop once or twice a week when the motor is off. FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Where's it leaking from?
Have you tried tightening the associated bolts/screws?
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If it wasn't leaking before you changed the oil and it is now it can only be a few things;
Did you change the sealing washer on the plug?
Did you properly torque the drain plug?
Did you make sure the old oil filter gasket came off before you installed the new filter?
Did you install the correct filter for your bike and tighten it properly?
Did you fill it with the correct amount of oil and tighten the oil fill cap?
Is the o ring on the oil fill cap there and is it in good condition?
Did you clean up the run off oil from the headers from when you drained it and removed the filter?
Exactly. Thanks, Patrick. But I'm afraid my answer is yes to all those questions. And yes, it was leaking BEFORE my recent oil change last month. And no, it's not my first time doing oil changes...done it several times with no problems.

I wanna take my bike (2002 F4i) to you guys asap, but I have little time and you guys are a little far! I'll have a chance in the summer though.



Long story short (sorta) my bike has been in storage the past ~3 years (!) here in Houston while I was living and employed in Dallas. I did the usual pre-storage procedures (change oil & filter, top off gas tank, etc) for the long storage.

In between those 3 years, I visited her every few months to start her up to make sure she works.

I finally moved back down here in January and start her up every week to idle and noticed the very slight oil leak: only a couple drops (possibly over the following few hours or overnight) in between while the engine is OFF. NO leakage while the engine is running. I thought it was because of the old oil since oil thins with age, but I changed it last month but am still getting the same little leak.

My only guess right now is a gasket problem since the source is definitely not the bolt or the oil filter. I'm not riding again until this leak is fixed.

I'll trace the source better tmrw with pics. Thanks fellas for your help.
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