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We have a 1997 savage that the air filter was soaked in oil. what are some of the reasons for this?

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    my savage puked oil from the air filter when i tired to start it. any ideas?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    savage is puking oil from the air filter when i tried to turn it on.



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Hi barhulin

Firstly, some types of after market filters are designed to be run with oil impregnation.

It is a foam Uni Pod type filter designed to be run soaked in oil.
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If it is a paper type Pod, then some of these type can be run with the correct filter oil. I use an aerosol spray oil here in Australia to keep our famous "Bull Dust" out. They are often run dry.
If it has the standard paper type OEM production filter and air box fitted, then it should not have any oil on it.
If it does then it will probably relate to oil getting into the air box from the crankcase breather. First thing to check is that the oil is not over the full mark. You will get excessive misting in the oil if the sump is too full. If the oil level is alright, it may have already blown off the excess. Clean out the air box and filter and take it for a ride and get it nice and hot. Then recheck for oil in the air box. If there is still oil appearing and the level is good, then you may have a crankcase pressure problem from blow by. This is generally indicative of failing compression rings or worn piston/sleeve/rings in combinations. Do a compression test of the engine. Low compression will tell you that soon you may have a top end rebuild on your hands. Happy to answer any other questions you may have,. Cheers


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