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post #1 of 16 Old 09-16-2013, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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Lately when I come back from a ride and look in my oil sight glass I notice my oil is fomey, full of bubbles.

Happens all the time now.. Bike is a 05 with 46,000 miles.

Could it be water or gas in the oil.

The bike does seem to be using a little oil now which it never did before. About 1/2 quart in about 1,500-2,000 miles.

Ring job??? I hope not.

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Water in oil causes it to look like a malted milkshake, gasoline in oil is burned off quite quickly actually..

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If it is water how the heck did it get into the oil system?
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If it is water how the heck did it get into the oil system?
Leaking head gasket? Leaking water pump seal?

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Coolant in the oil causes a buildup often referred to as mayonnaise. If there are only bubbles without a change in consistency or color of the oil, the anti foaming agents in the oil may be worn out. How much time and mileage is on the oil in question?

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Coolant in the oil causes a buildup often referred to as mayonnaise. If there are only bubbles without a change in consistency or color of the oil, the anti foaming agents in the oil may be worn out. How much time and mileage is on the oil in question?
Or it may be overfilled.

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Lately when I come back from a ride and look in my oil sight glass I notice my oil is fomey, full of bubbles.

Happens all the time now.. Bike is a 05 with 46,000 miles.

Could it be water or gas in the oil.

The bike does seem to be using a little oil now which it never did before. About 1/2 quart in about 1,500-2,000 miles.

Ring job??? I hope not.

Thanks

If you actually are consuming oil, its more likely worn valve seals & guides than it is rings

the most you should see thru the sight glass with the engine running is an occasional bubble or splash



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