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Jet140
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White smoke

Postby Jet140 » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:42 pm



I filled engine with gear oil, do you think I damaged the engine? Noticed white smoke about 5min after startup.



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virgilmobile
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Re: White smoke

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:29 am

I truly don't know.I personally have never heard that question before.
Everyone will have a comment soon.
If your bike were in my shed right now,I would proceed this way.

Drain the "oil" and replace the filter.
Remove the spark plugs.
Put in about a gallon and a half of diesel fuel in the engine.
Keeping a charger on the battery,crank the engine over for 5-6 seconds.Wait a minute then repeat this several times.
The diesel should clean the engine while providing some lube.
Do not attempt to start it yet.Just get it cleaned.
Let it set while draining the diesel out for a few hours.
Bump the starter a few times to help clear the oil pump.
Finally refill with oil a d a new filter and try it again.

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virgilmobile
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Re: White smoke

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:34 am

Just so you know.after I change my oil,I kill the ignition, crank the bike till the oil light goes out THEN fire it up.
Just after changing the oil,not regular driving.
I hate the no oil pressure thing.

2WheelBoy
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Re: White smoke

Postby 2WheelBoy » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:44 pm

White smoke from the exhaust generally means engine coolant is being burned; a very bad thing; it destroys engine bearings!

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Placerville
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Re: White smoke

Postby Placerville » Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:55 pm

Agree with Virg and, I'm as worried about the clutch as I am your engine. I don't think you've done any permanent damage. Focus all of your effort on cleaning that stuff out of there. I would do as he recommends and, in addition, I'd do at least two (if not 3 or 4) oil changes in succession after a few miles (each) of riding. After his cleaning recommendations, fill with Rotella and go for a 10 mile easy ride. Drain it, fill it and go for a 20 mile ride, and so on. On your last fill up, I'd recommend substituting a qt. of MMO for a qt. of oil and then go for an easy (nothing over 3K rpm) ride. Drain and refill for the last time.

The good thing is that you'll never make this mistake again. ;)


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