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Old 07-04-2013, 04:21 AM   #1
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Oil tank drain bolt

Hi all,

I have a small oil leak from my drain bolt (which is tightened correctly) and I want to open it and replace the washer.
The thing is that I replaced my oil recently and I don't want to drain it again if I don't have to.
Can anyone verify if I lay the bike on the right side (not on the ground but on a stool so it's not horizontal completely) I can open the drain bolt without any oil coming out?
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:15 AM   #2
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It'll still drain out!

Oil will still come out.

Undo the bold catch the oil in a clean drip pan replace bolt and washer put drained oil back in. Simple!
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:22 AM   #3
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You probably dont have to get a new copper crush washer.

Hang the washer on a piece of bare wire, paper clip, etc (wear gloved or hold with pliers).

Heat it up with a torch until it glows red.

Remove it from the flame and quickly submerge it in a cup of water.

This causes the copper to expand and will again make a seal. I do it all the time and I've seen it posted in several threads on this site.

Hope this helps!
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:28 AM   #4
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Oil will still come out.

Undo the bold catch the oil in a clean drip pan replace bolt and washer put drained oil back in. Simple!
Maybe with just leaning it but laying it flat on its right side and I doubt much will spill removing the oil tank drain bolt?

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Old 07-04-2013, 07:48 AM   #5
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I'll try and see what happens.
Draining the oil is always possible...

Thx
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #6
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Don't drain the oil, Just use a cork or rubber stopper to temporarily plug the hole: with a cold engine, slowly unscrew the bold, slip your finger over the hole first, line-up your stopper and pop it in until you've "conditioned" your crush washer.

You'll spill a minimum of oil, just keep an oil pan or paper towels directly under your work area to catch the few drips you'll have.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:28 AM   #7
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or you could just wait until the next oil change and take care of it then...
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:31 PM   #8
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or you could just wait until the next oil change and take care of it then...
Doh!
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:39 PM   #9
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Hi all,

I have a small oil leak from my drain bolt (which is tightened correctly) and I want to open it and replace the washer.
The thing is that I replaced my oil recently and I don't want to drain it again if I don't have to.
Can anyone verify if I lay the bike on the right side (not on the ground but on a stool so it's not horizontal completely) I can open the drain bolt without any oil coming out?
You could back the bolt out far enough to wrap the top three threads several wraps of teflon tape (doubled over so it is only half the normal width).
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You could back the bolt out far enough to wrap the top three threads several wraps of teflon tape (doubled over so it is only half the normal width).
I just fixed a leak on the hydraulic cam chain tensioner on the front jug with a light coat of anti-seize. Worked great, and will hold up to the heat better than teflon tape...
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