I have a horrible feeling I have an oil leak

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I have a horrible feeling I have an oil leak

Post by mick shere » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:05 am

I've been in denial for a while but occasionally I find a small patch of oil under the engine under the front sprocket area, I keep thinking it is from the scottoiler (an automatic chain oiler) its very thin and doesnt smell of anything really.
The strange thing is it only happens occasionally usually after sitting on it then putting it back on the sidestand.
I found a small patch on a newspaper i put under it last night even though it hasnt been started for 2 weeks.
Does this sound familiar to anyone?

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Re: I have a horrible feeling I have an oil leak

Post by jjscsix » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:24 pm

Sounds like Scotty isn't house trained yet.
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Re: I have a horrible feeling I have an oil leak

Post by mick shere » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:38 am

woof ;)

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Re: I have a horrible feeling I have an oil leak

Post by mikesoldebikes » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:11 pm

Based on where you see the oil; your leak should be caused by one of three or four things:
A. Leaking gear shift seal (this happened to my 1290 R and it is an easy-ish and cheap fix)
B. Leaking counter-shaft oil seal (have not seen this happen yet, but this leak also shouldn't be difficult or expensive to repair, but you might have to "break"/remove your chain to remove the counter-shaft sprocket and gain access to the seal)
C. This could also just be excess chain lube that has collected and dripped out of the counter-shaft sprocket cover. You should be able to determine if that is the source by the color and consistency of the lubricant you are seeing on your floor/cardboard
D. Possibly a hydraulic leak from your clutch slave cylinder. They do go out on a regular basis. Replace it with an Oberon slave. Not cheap, but a vastly superior unit that can actually be successfully rebuilt. Again, you should be able to determine whether it's mineral oil or DOT 5.1 by the color and consistency of the lubricant you are seeing on your floor/cardboard.
Hopefully this is helpful information.

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Re: I have a horrible feeling I have an oil leak

Post by Aussie Dave » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:12 am

I concur with mikesoldebikes...... you are just going to have to get your fingers dirty to find the real source :lol: before doing anything serious like splitting the chain..... surely the sprox will come off after loosening the adjuster cam?

Hopefully it's just chain oil (maybe the fuel overflow hose has dripped some gas onto the sprocket cover and dissolved some chain crud......or, I suspect (as the rumbling of a severe thunder storm gets louder and nearer to me here in :lol: sunny :lol: bloody Queensland Aus :roll:), that it may be your chain oiler has a vacuum leak, or has vibrated to a faster drip setting. (thinking if you have one of the motion activation oilers vs a vacuum or electronic type.... sitting on bike then back onto side stand might activate the drip feeder... :?: ).

No drips under my SDGT (bare concrete floor) in 2 years....... only drip on my floor is when I lie down to get at the oil filter on my CBR1100XX...... :lol:
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Re: I have a horrible feeling I have an oil leak

Post by mick shere » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:42 am

The drip seems to travel down the front of the front pipe.
Ive dropped it off at the garage this morning for an oil and filter change (its still under the 2 year warranty so I dont touch anything yet)
Bloody thing stalled setting off this morning and didnt want to start again... until the neighbour came out ranting about the noise :D guessing its that problem with the lean mix they use for the emissions.
I parked the bike at the garage, went inside for a brew, came out half an hour later to have a look and no oil on the floor..
Could something be priming when i turn the ignition on to have a look and a play but dont actually start the engine?

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Re: I have a horrible feeling I have an oil leak

Post by Aussie Dave » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:22 am

Sorry Mick..... lost track of this thread.

Oil leaking down the front header pipe?..... must be a cam cover leak?.... or might it be coolant? The coolant header tank cap is poxy quality but needs the tank spoiler to be removed to gain access - yikes, might be rad leak?

I recently had my one and only stall + dash blank out (2 weeks ago)...... and a weird 'suspension' failure warning message. Then a week ago, had 10k/ltr consumption showing and a continuous dash warning symbol (engine check symbol)...... all linked back to a faulty purge valve resistor on a dongle supplied by a UK company....... The KTM tech refitted my oem purge valve (disconnected from vacuum hoses) to act as a resistor, cleared the check engine symbol and all is perfect again....... not a battery issue..... or any other myth....... that KTM diagnostic tool is sharp as ....... I also removed my Healtech ESE dongle and plugged my oem Exup in...... just in case that was also part of the issue....... all 100% now.

Might be that your battery has not survived winter..... but so long as it has better than 10ccv on first start it should fire the engine.

So if yours is acting up and won't start, something is affecting the system..... maybe the starter relay or starter clutch or ...... something...... the diag system might identify the fault and save you weeks of testing.

My guys charged me nothing for the diagnostics, and only billed me for the rear brake bleed. 8-)
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