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post #1 of 9 Old 06-22-2019, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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DL1000A generator cover missing plug?

Doing T-CLOCKS I see oil around the shift lever linkage area and under the generator cover. I clean the area up to investigate and find that the generator cover has a square hole on the under right side. See picture.
The oil came from there. I can not find much about this in the service manual. Looks to me like a plug is missing.
Anyone know if a plug belongs in the hole? If so a part number?
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-22-2019, 01:38 PM
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Looks like your clutch slave cylinder is leaking??

Is it oil or brake fluid? Other possibility is a leak at the clutch push rod or even at the counter sprocket.

Check if you are low on fluid in the clutch MC.

If you are not sure take the counter sprocket cover off and see what's leaking.

I don't think there is supposed to be a plug, looks like a drain to me without going out and looking at my bike.

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Randolph, I looked at both the crankcase cover and crankcase. I have the lower cowling on my '14 DL1000A and wasnt in the mood or to pull it off for inspection of the area you pointed out, but...
Is it possible that there is no plug, that it is a vent hole of some type, and what is leaking is the left crankshaft seal behind the alternator rotor and/or the cover gasket itself?
The factory service manual calls for draining the engine oil for generator removal, but that me be required for clutch slave cylinder removal.
I'd spray that area down with Brake Cleaner, put 20-40 miles on it and recheck for the source of the leak.
No plug shown in the parts microfiche or service manual.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-22-2019, 01:55 PM
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I'm a "no body" on this site OR in real life🤣 but my 2014 does NOT have a plug.
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-22-2019, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the quick replies. Good to know there is no missing plug

All fluid levels are normal none of them are low, no drips on the garage floor.... This is what confused me. It is less like oil and more like a sticky grease.

Full disclosure.....I am terrible about cleaning my motorcycles. Wash them once or twice a year unless I get them really dirty or spill gas on them or something. Riding in the rain counts as cleaning for me. This could be left over from last fall's service and my half a$$ cleaning or perhaps over zealous lubing of the chain?? it is really messy around the whole area.

Perhaps I just freaked out when I saw a hole I never noticed before.

Will clean it up and monitor.

Thanks again, I can deescalate to threat level green again
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-22-2019, 05:21 PM
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It is a drain hole to let some excess chain oil/lube and dirt escape from the front sprocket and clutch cylinder area. It tends to block up so I usually clean it out when the sprocket cover is removed.
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-22-2019, 07:07 PM
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If you had a hole in the bottom of the generator cover you would know it.

If your slave is leaking, that's where you'll see it. Monitor your clutch fluid.

As mentioned, it could be chain lube draining from the countershaft sprocket area.

It's only a few minutes to pull the slave and cover off and have a look-see.

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post #8 of 9 Old 06-22-2019, 09:32 PM
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This is also where oil seeping out from the countershaft seal with run too....

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post #9 of 9 Old 06-23-2019, 09:30 PM
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I would say that if it is sticky, it is spray chain lube. I don't use that sticky kids stuff. I very lightly manually lube the inside of the lower chain run with auto trans fluid. I use a dauber bottle. ATF is great stuff for O rings and that is your main concern on a sealed chain.

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