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Stop The Oil Leaks

Does anyone know how to stop a shovel from leaking oil? New member here but far from a new rider (scoots didn't have engines when I started riding). I just had my 78 FLH rebuilt. Before the rebuild I had one spot of oil under her

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I know very unusual. Now the dam thing leaks all over the place and the guy that rebuilt it tells me to GFM. Alas what am I to do? Besides shooting him!If possible, find out where the spot of oil is coming from. That will give you a clue on what to fix. I rebuilt a few Shovels, so I know a bit about making them leak free,,,

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