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post #1 of 4 Old 09-10-2012, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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oil drip

Changed oil over the weekend and now I have a slow drip. I rode to work today and had one drop of oil on the drain plug when I arrived after 26 miles commute. I tightened the plug but I am freaked out about those posting about stripped oil pan. I don't have a torque wrench and am not sure that I'd use it if I did, based on reports of problems with over tightening. I did not change the drain plug washer, but I consulted the dealer here and they don't always change the washer either.

I know this thread sounds rediculous because most would advise to change the washer and use the torque wrench, so I really don't know what to say, except I'll put the wrench on the plug again, just to make sure it's snugged up.

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-10-2012, 01:32 PM
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Could just be oil that worked it's way down from the threads when you tightend it, wipe it off and just keep and eye on it for now. I think you will be fine since you just barely snugged up the bolt, just always be sure to use an open end wrench and not a socket. For the record, I almost never changed crush washers on every bike I have owned.

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-10-2012, 02:28 PM
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Apparently crush washers work better than flat washers and should be replaced each time. Ya, they can be a pain to get off the drain plug.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-10-2012, 03:10 PM
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Sometimes the washer falls off the plug and is still in the oil when you put the plug back in.
That's a bother cus you loose a lot of oil even if you are fast doing the swap-o change-o.
I've had the washer last through years worth of changes even at 3 K intervals.
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