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post #1 of 5 Old 08-08-2009, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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I have a leak. Help, please?

I have a leak that I am not sure what to do with. I have a 2006 Vee with 4500 miles on it. I am new to the motorcycle world and new to this bike. I am the second owner and the previous owner advised he never noticed the leak before. It appears to be getting worse, mostly when the engine is pretty hot. I am pretty good with my tools, so if this is something I can fix on my own, I would prefer to do so. I need to know what this component is and what you all think may be causing the leak and lastly how to repair it. I would also like some guidance regarding whether this is something requiring that I put the bike down immediately or if the repairs can wait until the first part of next month.

The images that I have uploaded are showing the front, lower portion of the engine, right behind the radiator. Thanks in advance.

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That is the cam chain tensioner. While leaks are uncommon, that part is high on the list for causing an uncommon leak. Re-torquing it usually solves the problem. The spec is 10n-m or 7lb-ft. Do not take the bolt out or the entire tensioner has to come out and be reset, not just the center bolt.

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I don't think the bike needs repair, if you can get a 1/4 turn on both allen head bolts as well as the center bolt you may be fine.. It looks like it's leaking from the center bolt with the orange washer though.

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I would not recommend tightening beyond the spec. Damage is possible if you don't know how tight they already are. If it leaks after tightening to spec, the crush washer needs to be replaced.

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Yeah if it's going to leak it will do so when the engine is hot, the oil flows a lot "Thinner" then and can get through the gaps. Obvious but sometimes useful to know.

If there is a washer involved maybe try replacing it, run the engine to let it get hot and look for leaks, maybe tightening up can help while the engine is running (But not beyond spec as greywolf says) then you may be able to visually be able to see the leak stop. If that is a copper crush washer I can see then that's the first to change.

Adding an extra crush washer can really increase your chances of stopping the leak.

Good luck.

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