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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Oil leak??? HELP!!!

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I am going to TRY my best to explain this as i have no clue about this bike as I just got it not to long ago....here goes There is what appears to be a oil leak from behind here(in the pic) I can't lift the bike to see it all the way but there is a line that runs in the back of this that appears to be leaking. Its not a bad leak, but is leakinging. What is behind here that lines run to???Sorry, I hope you understand what im trying to explain here I have the service man, and I see that i can pull the chrome cover off but what i dont see in the book if there is a gasket that i will have to replace if i take this cover off.

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See if you can find where the leak is coming from. It is common for the valve cover (rocker cover) gasket to dry up and crack causing a leak if the bike is only ridden once in a while. I just went through it last spring with a bike that was sitting instead of being ridden (98 1500 classic with 18,000 miles on it).

Your picture is very dark, can't see very well, however I do see the brake pedal. With that said, if itís the brake pedal side that youíre removing the cover from you will need a gasket. You will also need to remove the foot platform and frame section in order to take that side cover off. While you have that side off DO NOT STAND THE BIKE UPRIGHT, because it will dump the oil. Here is a link of how to replace the clutch spring which entails removing the side cover. http://www.gadgetjq.com/clutch_spring_replacement.htm
If youíre removing the side cover from the shifter side you wonít need a gasket.

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See if you can find where the leak is coming from. It is common for the valve cover (rocker cover) gasket to dry up and crack causing a leak if the bike is only ridden once in a while. I just went through it last spring with a bike that was sitting instead of being ridden (98 1500 classic with 18,000 miles on it).

Your picture is very dark, can't see very well, however I do see the brake pedal. With that said, if itís the brake pedal side that youíre removing the cover from you will need a gasket. You will also need to remove the foot platform and frame section in order to take that side cover off. While you have that side off DO NOT STAND THE BIKE UPRIGHT, because it will dump the oil. Here is a link of how to replace the clutch spring which entails removing the side cover. http://www.gadgetjq.com/clutch_spring_replacement.htm
If youíre removing the side cover from the shifter side you wonít need a gasket.
Thx, Yes this is the shifter side in the pic.

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Well it looks to me to be the left side and that is just a cover and you can take it off with out needing a gasket it is just a cover, could be the clutch rod seal or a plug/cap on the final drive is leaking. fairly easy to take cover off to see.
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Well it looks to me to be the left side and that is just a cover and you can take it off with out needing a gasket it is just a cover, could be the clutch rod seal or a plug/cap on the final drive is leaking. fairly easy to take cover off to see.
Thx, Hurricain!! Just what i needed!!

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OMG!!! Do I feel stupid now! I just took a second look at the picture and seen the kickstand. Sorry for the useless information. He he, whatever you guys doÖdonít tell my wife that I was wrong.

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You stated you just got the bike not long ago, do you know if the previous owner had put in synthetic oil? I've heard that synthetic oil will find a crack or hole somewhere if you got one that dino oil won't find. A switch back to dino oil usually solves the leaking. Just a thought.
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I know this is an old thread but i'm curious what you found was leaking. I just had to pull my left side cover and tighten the bolts on the hydraulic clutch push rod housing cover cause it was slow dripping oil on the carport.
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I know this is an old thread but i'm curious what you found was leaking. I just had to pull my left side cover and tighten the bolts on the hydraulic clutch push rod housing cover cause it was slow dripping oil on the carport.
Hey Bill, it was the slave cylinder, I had to replace the rubber seal and it was all good, the seal was $4 at dealer.

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Hey Bill, it was the slave cylinder, I had to replace the rubber seal and it was all good, the seal was $4 at dealer.
It looks like I'm going to have to replace the seal too. Tightening the bolts didn't stop the leak. 27K on the bike and I've had two water leaks and an oil leak. The water leaks were just loose clamps, not a big deal.
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