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post #1 of 3 Old 09-20-2014, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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How my skid pan alerted me to an oil leak

I am preparing to install my new engine guards and noticed some fluid on my skid pan.

It was probably brake fluid as I just replaced my clutch fluid....so cleaned that up....but getting down there to look around for oil leaks, I see two M6 bolts missing on my engine cover (left side).

Look under the bike and notice there is a lot of grime down there.....also noted my oil seemed low (lost about half a quart in the last two months) about a week ago.

Break out my BOLT metric fastener assortment (EVERYONE NEEDS ONE OF THESE IN THE GARAGE!) and fit a 30 mm M6x1 cap hex bolt. Add a little Loctite this time to the two bolts.

So figure, check the other side of the bike, check every M6 visible since I got the wrench out.

I find two more bolts missing on the right side engine case!!!

Some more grime there too. Replace those bolts, clean up all the grime.....will monitor the bolts and check for grime monthly.

CHECK THOSE LOWER BOLTS ONCE IN A WHILE....they are not easily seen standing next to the bike, but once you got the wrench in hand easy enough to check all of them for loose ones.

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Just so you know, Loctite doesn't work on oily threads. I hope you cleaned out the holes with carb cleaner...

People say I'm too skeptical. Frankly, I find that hard to believe.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-20-2014, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Yep I thought that too. I didn't have any so I snugged them up for now. I'll draw them out after I restock my garage and clean out the holes and bolts.

I am more worried about the seal on the case being compromised after being loose and allowed to leak for a while. Not looking forward to having that repair done.

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