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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2010, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Hello everyone! Question/ oil plug

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Just new here and got to say there is a lot of good info! Already learned more stuff in two days then I'd know for months.

Got a slight problem that I would like to ask anyones opinion on.

Was changing my oil again today, and was kind of not payin real close attention. When i put the oil plug back in, i forgot to put the washer with it.

I know this is common with cars/trucks not to have a washer, but do you think its a huge deal to leave it off until the next change?

Maybe just keep an eye on it?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2010, 10:19 PM
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Go get a washer, or reuse the one you removed. Not having a washer will cause a leak or cause you to over-torque the bolt trying to stop the leak, leading you to strip the hole.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2010, 10:33 PM
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It won't hurt anything at this time to leave it as it is unless it starts leaking. As MC states though, if you try to over-torque to get it to stop leaking, you will strip the hole. Any damage you may have done to the threads is already done at this time, so if it's not leaking, just keep an eye on it until the next change. I have done this myself, and not had any long term issues since I did not strip out the threads....Good luck.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2010, 12:22 AM
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Yeah, i'd second kawa. Leave it be this time. It'll probably leak, but that will just remind you to put the dang washer in next time.

Don't feel bad, it's been done before by others.

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Needs a washer. The price of being wrong could be being stranded, or blowing an engine. Not worth the risk, IMHO.

Your clues will be--bump, as rear tire runs over the plug; skidding, as rear tire coats itself in motor oil; oil pressure warning light comes on; engine slows down, then stops, due to seizure. All this will probably happen in 30-60 seconds.

If you're fast, you can
1. Loosen the plug, but hold it in the hole.
2. Snatch the plug out with one hand and plant your other thumb over the hole.
3. With the first hand, place the washer over the bolt.
4. Step 2, in reverse.
5. Tighten per spec.

The oil will come out slower if the bike is cold and the oil fill cap is on. With luck, you'll only lose a fourth of a quart. If you're slow, you'll lose a half quart, but in any event, better than losing the whole load.

You can also drain the oil into a clean container, and then add it back to the crankcase.

If you opt for the first method, put something under the bike to catch the loss, such as Mom's cookie sheet, or old towel.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2010, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Good Call

Ha, I guess it happens to a few people.

I was thinking actually, i could probably just go buy another plug and have that one ready right away. Then after I pull the old one out i can just have that one ready and not have to fumble around.

thanks for the ideas!
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