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smell of gas in oil

Postby crowfam7 » Thu May 29, 2014 1:39 pm



When I changed my oil today there was a srong smell of gas in it. My bike fell over and I found it lying on the ground a few days ago. Does that mean that I have to redo the carbs now? I have looked at a few threads about gas in oil and they said carbs need rebuild.



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Re: smell of gas in oil

Postby virgilmobile » Thu May 29, 2014 2:27 pm

I wouldn't think so.Just don't forget to turn the gas off at the end of the day.
Gas in the oil is a concern if the bike stays upright.The carbs are probably leaking.
Yours drained the gas into the crankcase when it was left laying on its side.
Gravity works.
Change the oil and filter and ride it.
If it won't crank,some of the gas may be trapped in a cylinder.Its refered to being hydrolocked.
Again,not fatal.

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Re: smell of gas in oil

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 29, 2014 2:28 pm

Normally when you find fuel in your oil, it's because the carburetor float valves are leaking, which allows fuel to drip through the carbs and into the cylinders, past the piston rings and into the crankcase as the bike sits idle.

Because your bike spent time on its side however, all bets are off. Fuel could have easily leaked from the tank through the carbs into the crankcase.

Because you've changed your oil, as long as your bike remains upright, you should be OK. Check your oil for a gas smell in a couple of days, but I suspect you'll be OK.

Incidentally, this won't (can't) happen if you shut your fuel petcock off when parked.

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Re: smell of gas in oil

Postby crowfam7 » Thu May 29, 2014 2:33 pm

Thanks a bunch! I was thinking worst case scenario.

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Re: smell of gas in oil

Postby virgilmobile » Thu May 29, 2014 2:43 pm

Should be a non-issue.
If you want something to be concerned about...think about your timing belts.How are they.?

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Re: smell of gas in oil

Postby crowfam7 » Thu May 29, 2014 3:24 pm

Haven't checked timing belts.

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Re: smell of gas in oil

Postby virgilmobile » Thu May 29, 2014 4:07 pm

Unfortunately there really isn't any way to 'check' them....
It's suggested that if you cannot confirm that they are less than a couple of years old and have less than 30K miles...replace them....
I certainly wouldn't trust my engine to a 30 year old rubber belt..regardless of how it looked..just like the tires...there gonna go bad.

Yes I understand that they can last forever.Some claim over 100K miles of use...

Actually,for no more than they cost,I've replaced mine when I got the bike and every other time I replace the rear wheel...

It's the cheapest peace of mind you can have to protect the engine....

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Re: smell of gas in oil

Postby crowfam7 » Thu May 29, 2014 4:21 pm

Thanks for the feedback. Will do.

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Re: smell of gas in oil

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 30, 2014 10:04 am

See what happens when you post a question...
Suttle redirection.
Were gonna try to make a master Gold Wing mechanic outta you. :lol:




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