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post #1 of 79 Old 06-14-2012, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Did I ruin my engine?

Driving down the freeway yesterday I was hit by a piece of road debris. I heard a clank and then saw the oil pressure light come on and then looked down to see oil spraying out onto my foot.

I pulled off the freeway as quickly and safely as I could but the engine ran for 2-3 min after it began spraying oil. I was right next to an exit so I pulled off and pulled into a parking lot.

My question is how much damage did I do to the engine by running it for a few minutes while trying to get to a safe place to stop?

The damaged part is about $300, and I've got it on order. But, if my engine will need to be overhauled or replaced I guess I should file a claim with my insurance company.

It is a 2012 with 1500 miles on it. I'm glad to be OK, but just sick about it.
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post #2 of 79 Old 06-14-2012, 12:26 PM
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There's no way to answer that question from afar. Check with your insurance company about what they want to do about it. They need to be notified anyway for your own protection if there is permanent damage.

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post #3 of 79 Old 06-14-2012, 12:27 PM
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You should be fine. The engine parts will still have a coating of oil on them, so 2 - 3 minutes will not tear anything up. Replace parts, refill, run for a short time (3 minutes), drain. Seive the drained oil through a white piece of cloth and check it. A small amount of shavings will be normal.

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First, glad you are OK. It could have been much uglier and everything on those wheels is replaceable except you!

Did you get any indication of how much oil was left in the bike after you stopped it?

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post #5 of 79 Old 06-14-2012, 12:28 PM
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Immediate action should have been taken to shut the engine down by pulling the clutch and hitting the kill switch under your right thumb--IF it didn't put you in jeopardy.

It's hard to say the damage that may have been done to wear components on a new machine with little to no oil flow. By the looks of the oil cooler you must have had a hell of a stream coming out of there.
Was the bike still spraying oil when you shut it down?
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Had it quit spraying oil for the full 2-3 minutes?

I would guess that if it was still spraying oil that you are okay to replace parts and ride on.
If oil was no longer coming out of the mashed piece (and hadn't been for 2-3 minutes) then there is going to be some accelerated wear. How much?-hard to say...
Most critical area? - hard to say...

You may want to invest in some sort of skid plate, to protect that vulnerable area in the future. Likely even the Hyde racing plastic pan would have helped--may have been damaged, but likely deflected the rogue object.

Makes me glad that I put the skid plate on my bike!

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post #6 of 79 Old 06-14-2012, 12:29 PM
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Wow, sorry to hear about this and glad you are ok. I would have a mechanic look at it. I am not an engine guy by any stretch of the imagination. This has really lit a fire under me to get a skid plate. I am currently running without one.
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2-3 minutes with no oil pressure on the main bearings and cam pillow blocks can cause damage. As soon as that red light comes on, oil pressure is next to nothing.

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post #8 of 79 Old 06-14-2012, 12:36 PM
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That sucks, but glad you are ok. IMO I would notify insurance to be safe. Especially on a 2012 with low miles. Also, I think that if engineers design a bike with the darn oil filter exposed like that (V-Strom and my Triumph Scrambler also), then I think it should come with a factory skid plate no question. Which neither bike did. Prob a subject for a diff thread, so sorry to go off topic. Anyhow, call insurance just in case.
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Recently there was a thread on this forum concerning the need, or lack thereof, of a skidplate for a bike used on-pavement only. Opinions varied.

This episode would seem to provide the definitive answer to that question!!

Glad you are ok and hope there is no significant damage to your motor.

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post #10 of 79 Old 06-14-2012, 01:54 PM
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File a claim.
Meet the adjuster at a dealership.
Get a new engine.

It's why you pay for insurance.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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