Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Minneapolis, MN (Uptown/East Calhoun)
Oil Leak On The Left Side, Any Connection to Clutch Basket?
2006 with ~40k on the clock, I've had it for 3 years now... and just nothing but repairs. I've done a new stator (twice, now a new rotor and R/R to go with it). I had an oil leak after the last electrical overhaul, so I took it back into the shop and they saw that the clutch pushrod seal and the sprocket seal were leaking. They replaced both. Now it's still leaking oil through the pushrod seal, and the bikes typical "chudder" is super loud lately. The shop thinks maybe they're connected... if there is something with the clutch basket or springs or bearings could that be wreaking havoc on my seals by moving the clutch pushrod around? Also the chain will NOT stay tensioned, every time I take it in it's super loose again, and now it's at the end of it's adjustment points.
Sorry, I'm just super not handy with anything inside an engine. I prefer to tinker and do cosmetic repairs on things...so this is way over my head. I'm just frustrated that I have spent so much time with this thing in the shop and it's supposed to be a super reliable bike? That's what everyone else that I meet on a vstrom says, and then I just kind of stay silent. haha
Is there any truth to what the shop is saying? Is there another culprit they should look for regarding the oil leak and possibly connected chudder? The chudder is known and it's been there since I bought it but now it's MUCH louder when in neutral and sometimes "barks" pretty good if I'm doing a more aggressive take-off from a stop.
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