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post #1 of 18 Old 03-03-2019, 05:45 AM Thread Starter
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HELP! I've done something really stupid!

I now have a piece of broken plastic funnel in my engine oil.
I've just done an oil and filter change for the 54,000km service. Standard procedure -- top the oil up, run it to fill the lines and filter and top it up again.
However I left the funnel in the filler cap when I cranked it the second time and a small piece of plastic has been ripped off the funnel into the motor. (Faaaarrk. What a dufus!) It's about maybe 8mm x 5mm in size

I've now got the bike on my trailer to visit a shop. I'm assuming that the sump and clutch cover have to come off and the whole system flushed unless they find the piece intact.

Do I have any other options??
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I'd drain the oil first - it might just float out.

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Yes, you might find it will come out if you drain the oil. Drain it first and look for the piece. If not there, buy a gallon of cheap oil at WalMart and pour it in the engine while the drain plug is out. That could push it out.

I would then probably pull the clutch cover. You will need a new OEM gasket, but the task is fairly easy and straightforward, the coolant being the pita part. You still won't be able to get into the sump, but you might be able to flush it out of there easier this way.
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I don't know if you have a main stand but drain, and flush, while the bike is on the side stand.
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If you can't find it hopefully it will get caught in the filter. Next oil change cut open the filter.
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Does the plastic material foat or sink in oil? Depending on the answer I think different strategies may be advised. If it foats it should come out provided it can pass the oil plug opening. If it sinks it may not want to come out by draining, but also may not be a big problem just sitting in the sump. The oil pump has a strainer (#10) screen that will prevent it being sucked in unless it has been hacked to small bits. In that case the bits will end up in the filter. I would not take drastic action trying to get that piece out if it does not float out by draining the oil. Eventually it will come out.


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Run the oil through a kitchen strainer as you're draining it, be easier to find the plastic if it comes out.
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Whether it sinks or floats, I don't picture it becoming a problem either way. The pump draws oil from near the bottom, but wouldn't pull it off the bottom. If it floats, it will never get down to that level. Either way, there's a screen that would catch it. I wouldn't worry about it.

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Does the plastic material foat or sink in oil? Depending on the answer I think different strategies may be advised. If it foats it should come out provided it can pass the oil plug opening. If it sinks it may not want to come out by draining, but also may not be a big problem just sitting in the sump. The oil pump has a strainer (#10) screen that will prevent it being sucked in unless it has been hacked to small bits. In that case the bits will end up in the filter. I would not take drastic action trying to get that piece out if it does not float out by draining the oil. Eventually it will come out.

It all depends on if it melts or not.
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So what if it melts, then it become a sphere. And you can test that as well at what temperature it does melt. I would bet it only softens at operating temperature. Anyway it's not going to go through that pump strainer. At worst it may plug up a fraction of that strainer surface area but I highly doubt that will happen.
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