Super fine copper color glitter in oil


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NewtMan
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Super fine copper color glitter in oil

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So I have been driving my bike to work so I could get oil moving through it. I changed the oil a few days ago, this time I didn't change the oil, but I pulled and changed the filter because it is killing me not knowing. This is what I saw. I dabbed my finger in that spot that is really thick, and you can't even see it on the towel. I can't feel it between my fingers when I rub them together either. (those metal bits are from me cutting the filter open with my reciprocating saw). I’m curious if this is hopefully clutch material (fingers crossed), or does my extremely low 18k mile 1500 have a death sentence? Please be gentle. I’m very worried, I love this bike!
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Re: Super fine copper color glitter in oil

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Hard to say. What is the bikes history? You can have the oil analyzed to get a breakdown on what is in it. How is the oil pressure at idle and on the road?
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As Rambozo said It's hard to say where the particles are coming from. If no work has been done on the engine to cause a potential wear problem then I'd suggest changing the oil and filter and drive the bike 500-1,000 miles and recheck it. The cost of a filter isn't much and it could give an idea of how much wear is happening. While you probably will be spooked for a while and hear noises in the engine that are normal and think they are "The Problem That Will Destroy The Whole Engine" they in all likelyhood will indeed be normal noise. Having said that, do listen for something that is really different (I know it sounds contradictory). If you see a quantity of "glitter" after that short drive oil change then you can decide what to do if anything. There aren't many brass/bronze pieces that are oil bathed that are easy to get to but don't write off that mill unless evidence shows that a major problem has come up, that is a very low mileage engine to be having big problems.
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Re: Super fine copper color glitter in oil

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Do the particles stick to a magnet?
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Re: Super fine copper color glitter in oil

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Rambozo wrote: Fri Jun 17, 2022 1:02 am Hard to say. What is the bikes history? You can have the oil analyzed to get a breakdown on what is in it. How is the oil pressure at idle and on the road?
History is good. I bought it from an older gentleman who is meticulous with his vehicles and service. Oil pressure is good on idle and driving. I hope I’m just overreacting. My Harley clutch is set up different and doesn’t share the same oil, so I’m praying it’s normal and just different from what I’m used to.
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WingAdmin wrote: Fri Jun 17, 2022 8:55 am Do the particles stick to a magnet?
Honestly, I haven’t checked. I will tonight. I still have some of the oil.
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Re: Super fine copper color glitter in oil

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Ok if you just got the bike run a few oil changes before anything. There are plenty of oil additives that make all kinds of strange colors and such. Who knows what the PO put in there.


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