Originally Posted by pecos
The small hole next to the timing hole on the left side of the engine is/was leaking oil.
What does that mean? Oil over filled? Engine filled with water?
Bike is a barn find. Have not gotten it started yet. Just curious.
Depends. Only way to find out is to pull the starter cover and look. It could be, but not limited to:
- Broken crankcase vent hose
- Broken crank case vent "valve"
- Leaking timing chest gasket (what mine is doing)
- Some idiot took a syringe full of oil and put it in there as a joke. Hey, my friends would do it to me, and I'd return the favour in kind!
Over filling could exacerbate 1 and 2, 3 well, I'm living with it until I decide I've had enough and fix it. The last, oh they will pay!
Depending on how bad and annoying it is, I might borrow an idea from the Chrome Brigade. I understand a lot of them put a trimmed maxi pad in the breather cover to prevent oil blow by from dribbling. If you have it apart, pop one in there to wick up the excess. This assumes that the barn find is more or less turn key. It's always better to fix the problem then work around it.
Just my $0.02, adjusted for inflation.