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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-12-2017, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Burning through oil!

So I am wondering if anyone else has this problem. I just did an oil change on my bike about 960 miles ago, and on my way home from Phoenix today from work, I started to hear a weird noise I had not heard before. After I got off of the Interstate, I finally was able to ascertain that it was my engine lifters ticking like I have never heard before. I don't understand how it can burn through three to four quarts of oil in such a low milage. Has anyone else ever had this issue?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-13-2017, 01:56 PM
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Are you saying you actually checked and it was 3 or 4 quarts low? I would think that would be most of it. I think mine holds around 4. If it was run 4 quarts low, there very well could be some engine damage.
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AZHunter -- check the Sticky at the top of our 2000 Garage for info on the ticking issue...My '05 2KA started doing the same thing recently, and I was really afraid somehow something catastrophic had happened. But after reading the Sticky here, then sending my baby to the mechanic and talking with him about it, I'm no longer worrying quite so much.

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Sorry no way you've used/burned/leaked out 3-4 qurats and you didnt notice.
If burned - you'd know/see it very well even at 1000 miles.
If leaked you'd have a trail all over.

It's something else.
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Remember these bikes can be difficult to get an oil reading, maybe the mechanic did not use the correct refill steps

My bike uses about one Qt. every 1000 miles 43,000 miles on speedo


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bike holds 5 quarts with new oil filter.
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Are you saying you actually checked and it was 3 or 4 quarts low? I would think that would be most of it. I think mine holds around 4. If it was run 4 quarts low, there very well could be some engine damage.
No, I only had to put in two quarts, however still seems like a lot for only 1000k miles.
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Seems to be a common problem. Mine goes through a quart every tank. No smoke, no leak, no exhaust soot, no oil in coolant. Please post if you find the answer. Thanks
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My 2001 Vulcan uses no oil and I change it every 4000miles. I am no mechanic but using a quart of oil every 5 gal of gasoline is a lot...a lot. I agree with a previous post that oil smoke or a puddle would be obvious.
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Uh huh, I have a 2004 Nomad that uses less than 8 oz between 5K mile oil changes, has 42000 on the clock. If I went through oil like that the scoot would be a trade in...

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