gear oil leak


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glasshead
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gear oil leak

Postby glasshead » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:21 pm



I went to check the air pressure on the back tire of my 83 Interstate the other day and noticed a drop of gear oil dripping from the housing. I took the filler cap off and there was not a significant amount of oil missing, if any. Is there a gasket that is leaking? (I'm sure there is.) Is it easy to replace?



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Re: gear oil leak

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:39 pm

your bike is leaking oil? maybe it thinks its a Harley............... sorry couldnt resist. After 30 years the o-ring has finally given up. Its possible to replace the seals in the diff. Page 118 of the parts manual shows an exploded view. download the manuals you need in the manual section above. 8-)
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Re: gear oil leak

Postby tom84std » Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:11 pm

While this post is a few days old and you have probably already solved the problem, here's what I would do. A water hose with a trickling stream, a can of aerosol engine cleaner from the auto supply and an old tooth brush. Clean the rear drive assembly until it's completely spotless with no residue and no oil or dirt. Put a flashlight and a small inspection mirror into your pocket and go for a ride. After the first mile, five miles, ten miles, stop in a safe place and inspect everything to see where the seepage is really coming from. Get a good manual with a clear exploded illustration and replace the seal or O-rings involved, plus whichever of them you have to disturb in order to do this. Thirty years ago I did this to a Chevy small block engine I'd built a couple of weeks earlier with a bright light while I laid on the ground underneath. Shortly I saw a drop form from under the front timing cover. I corrected that and again cleaned everything. I did that several times fixing everything as I went until I had a completely leak free engine.

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Re: gear oil leak

Postby Wingsconsin » Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:38 pm

Dust it with powder...it will show the trail the leak takes to get there...
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Re: gear oil leak

Postby glasshead » Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:11 pm

I have NOT done anything about it yet. Great advice. I will try it in a few days.

Thanx




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