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Old 01-26-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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DIY 6K Service. Oil leak question

Hey all - I've now got 6,300miles on my '12 GSA and after studying the JVB maintenance DVD I set out to get the 6K mile service done myself. Step one on my to-do was the oil/ filter change and low and behold in the process of removing the bash plate noticed a bit more oil accumulation on the bottom left side of the engine... more so than I'd expect as a nOOb grease monkey. Took some pics hoping that some of the experts here might be able to tell me if this a relatively normal occurrence or worthy of some concern and perhaps a warranty trip to the dealer??

Little bit of a back info - spent last weekend doing some offroad in Central Cali - nothing too crazy and no offs but did have to add some oil midway through the 700 roundtrip (indicator came on AND I couldn't see oil in sight glass). Added a tiny bit (I'm REAL careful to NOT overfill with all the stories of sight glass blowouts). When I got some to SD noticed some oil on floor of garage. First time I've seen that... Right side of the engine is clean (ie. no oil) so it's not dripping from the filler or anything.

Any thoughts or recommendations???





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Old 01-26-2013, 12:01 PM   #2
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Oil Leak

Dealer Time. It's under warranty.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:14 PM   #3
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That is not normal...
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:29 PM   #4
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Yep thats what I figured... Thanks guys... off to the dealer I go...

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Old 01-26-2013, 12:29 PM   #5
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definitely not normal, a seal has most likely failed.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:52 PM   #6
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Those pix are of a 2012 bike?

Yikes.

OK, second look- it's just a lot of dust and grime, not peeled paint and surface corrosion. Never mind. Ride that wild pony.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:25 PM   #7
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Yeah now I feel ashamed as my poor girl is a bit filthy - part of the service work today was going to be a nice bath. She saw some of everything (dirt, sand, mud and ice) last weekend in Carizzo and looks much worse than it really is...

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Old 01-26-2013, 02:55 PM   #8
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For those following along at home the dealer confirmed theres definitely something going on between the engine and transmission... Looks like its going to be in the shop for a few extra days.

Thanks to all for guidance...
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:30 PM   #9
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For those following along at home the dealer confirmed theres definitely something going on between the engine and transmission... Looks like its going to be in the shop for a few extra days.

Thanks to all for guidance...
Looks like either the engine output seal, or the trans unput seal. The amount of oil leads me to think engine over trans.

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Old 01-26-2013, 05:28 PM   #10
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My guess, rear main seal. My 2012 is in the shop right now for that. Better now than a long trip in the summer.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:05 PM   #11
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Better now than a long trip in the summer.

Yep or the middle of Death Valley in 2 months!

Tech said he'd take pics for me once he gets it opened up... should be interesting, hope this doesn't become a regular occurrence.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:20 PM   #12
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Looks like either the engine output seal, or the trans unput seal. The amount of oil leads me to think engine over trans.

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Final word... rear crank seal leaking and balance shaft seal "wet"... both replaced under warranty. Hopefully I can check those off the list of potential future failures...
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:39 PM   #13
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Final word... rear crank seal leaking and balance shaft seal "wet"... both replaced under warranty. Hopefully I can check those off the list of potential future failures...
Glad they got it worked out, and under warranty!

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Old 01-31-2013, 06:50 PM   #14
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Time to go synthetic engine oil....
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:47 PM   #15
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Final word... rear crank seal leaking and balance shaft seal "wet"... both replaced under warranty. Hopefully I can check those off the list of potential future failures...
Unfortunately leaking main shaft and/or counterbalance shaft seal is not an uncommon problem. So far the ones I'm personally aware of have not recurred after being replaced under warranty last year. Just keep an eye on it for a while.
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