Question about Harley Davidson Motorcycles
Posted by Anonymous on
Hi Anonymous, oil leaking from your air cleaner is caused by oil carryover from the engine. For what ever reason the breather system is not seperating enough oil mist and air from the piston downstroke. There are cheap and quick easy fixes and there are more exspensive ones. Start by trying the following:
1. Run your oil level half way between the add and full mark when hot.
2. Run oil breather lines from head into a TEE fitting below carb/induction module then a single line into a mini filter under frame.
3. Purchase Arlen Ness Super Sucker.
4. Replace umbrella valves and realign oil pump
5. Upgrade oil pump and cam plate
Good luck and have nice day.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
In 1993, Harley went to the "head breathing" crankcase breathing system. The crankcase pressure is vented into the air cleaner to be routed though the engine and burned. This was a requirement mandated by the EPA. Prior to '93, the crank case vent was down behind the oil pump and a pipe directed the crankcase pressure up to the air cleaner. If you have the "head breather" heads, you'll have a large hollow bolt going to each head from the air cleaner assembly. If whoever did the top end job on your engine left the umbrella valves out, installed them upside down, or put the center plates in wrong, it could be causing your problem. If they replaced the head gasket and did not replace the base gaskets, the base gasket are going to leak. Whenever you take the torque off the head bolts, you must replace all gaskets. Additionally, if the cylinder studs on your engine have not been replaced, they are probably stretched and not holding the torque like they should. In 1996, Harley came out with an improved replacement stud for the Evo engine. The large diameter part of the stud is at the lower end of the stud rather than at the top end like the older model was. If you can't get those, Colony Fasteners makes an excellent set of studs that cost about the same as H-D parts. Blue or black smoke out of the exhaust usually indicates a rich fuel mixture.
Posted on Jun 27, 2011
Testimonial: "thanks steve,that solves the problem of umbrella valves or not,your advise is sound and as a none harley mech did the heads mistakes can be made.thank"
This is an age old problem for the Harley engine. In you 89 model, the crankcase breaths from behind the oil pump through a tube that runs to the backside of the air filter assembly. Most people that I know, simply remove the tube coming up to the air filter and block the hole in the air filter assembly backing plate. At the breather, they run a short hose to just behind the transmission and cut it off there. This is similar to the earlier Shovelhead engine and the way it breathes. In 1994, Harley went to the "head breather system" which was better but it still gets oil into the air filter assembly.
There is one thing I saw on the aftermarket assessories market once called a "CatchCan". The breather tube ran to it and it seperated the oil from the air and the held it in a small container to be emptied on a regular basis. I have never used one nor have I ever seen one so all I can tell you is what the book said. Matter of fact, I cannot remember where I saw it now. Custom Chorme catalog, maybe. Good Luck, Steve
Posted on Apr 30, 2010
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