Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON Canada
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Possible oil leak?
Hi folks. I could use some advice from the more technically-savvy folks on the board.
I was cleaning the bike today, and noticed quite a bit of dried oil on the left front (shifter) side of the engine (see attached pic), going from the oil filter to the exhaust header. In looking more closely, it was freshest by the oil filter, and spread up and back from there. The plastic lower on that side was covered in oil on the back as well.
I last changed the oil in April, and have put about 1000km on it this season (shameful, I know). The oil level doesn't seem to have dropped significantly (see 2nd pic). I had filled it to the upper fill line, and haven't added any.
I cleaned it up and ran it until the fan came on, and it stayed dry. I'm wondering if the filter could be slightly loose and weeping under pressure. Seems odd that the oil would travel that far up the engine, though. I'm using an Algard, so I'll check the mounts for that to see if they've backed off at all, and I'll re-tighten the filter (I used the hand-tight + 3/4 turn method...), but is there anywhere else on that side of the engine I should check that might be prone to leaks?
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