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post #1 of 21 Old 01-03-2015, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Oil level view window "fogged"

My oil level window is fogged up and can't see the oil level. I know how engine oil can "sludge up" when the engine is repeatedly run short distances and never fully warms up. Shouldn't be my problem, here's why;
My 2012 Glee has 21k miles and I change the oil every 4k or so. My commute is 25 minutes after allowing the engine to run about 5 minutes to warm up. Air temps are high 30's to mid 40's when I ride to work and mid 50's when I head home.
I've tried keeping the rev's up so most of the trip I'm spinning 5-7,000 RPM. Is it over-cooling? Should I be running synthetic oil? Maybe a lower viscosity rating?
Same thing happened last winter.
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-03-2015, 08:40 PM
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Nothing to worry about.

Pretty common this time of year. Last 3 bikes have done the same thing.

One longer ride should clear it up for a bit.

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Idling the bike makes the problem worse. With no load, the engine is spending more time creating water as a by product of combustion but not getting hot enough to boil it off. Ride it right away to keep the engine loaded to shorten to time a cold engine is running. Just limit the rpms to 5000 or less until you get two temp bars because the oil is cold and the parts are not fully "grown".
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Are you sure it is not engine coolant ?

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You could go crazy with this or just let it go.

Go crazy and send an oil sample in for analysis.

Let it go since you change the oil every 4k miles and drive in low temps.

I guess it's up to you. I've done both. :mod_biggrin:

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I don't like to see too much idling either. I don't think there is anything wrong, as you said it done it last year. Hard to get the OIL up to temperature on bikes in cold weather. Too much surface area that the oil is in contact with, these cold surfaces stuck the heat out of the oil. The new DL has an oil to water cooler for the oil. I would try running the radiator partially covered with some cardboard. Watch your temperature Guage of course, but it should allow the oil to get enough heat into it to evaporate the condensation. Experiment with that a bit and let us know if it helps.

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On my last air cooled bike the condensation got so bad that I couldn't see the oil level. With the engine fully warm I would park the bike and remove the oil filler plug for a few minutes. The condensation on the window would evaporate and I could at least see the oil level.
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I've read that the site glass is actually a double pane assembly.

Might be wrong but it would explain why sloshing oil does not remove or alter the condensation appearance.

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No, the condensation is internal. The glass is actually plastic. It stays colder than the metal parts of the engine. When condensation causes water to mix with the oil and give a mayonnaise appearance, it's likely to be seen mostly on the plastic sight glass and plastic oil filler cap.

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Oil level view window "fogged"

There are loads of threads on this. I panicked a couple of winters ago when I first saw this and changed my oil. The old oil was perfectly okay and wasn't cloudy all. It was just the sight glass. Mine generally stays cloudy all winter even if I go on a long run. It only goes clear at about 40+ ambient temperature. If you want to temporarily clear it to see the oil just use a hair dryer or paint stripping heater gun on the sight glass to clear it right up.
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