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warm the oil up.....take a little ride.
find the oil drain at the bottom rear of the oil tank. drain oil. replace filter.
the HD style V-twin is a dry sump engine. there shouldn't be much oil in the crankcase. DO NOT remove the plug in the bottom of the crankcase!!!!! if you strip it, you will have to replace the crankcases......if it falls out, you will loose all your oil while riding.
fill the oil tank with the oil of your choice. any 20w-50 if acceptable. do not top it off! the oiling system requires an air gap at the top of the oil tank. typically 3 quarts of oil.
oil is going into crankcase. it should have a return and a check valve to keep the oil in the tank until it is under demand. more than likely the check is failing due to sitting for 10 years. clean the system and purge the pump. replace the check valve. its like $10 from a local dealer.
The engine "sumped", meaning the oil in the oil tank leaked past the check ball in the oil pump and is now in the bottom of the crankcase. Place a pan under the breather tube and run the bike until no more oil comes from the breather. keep an eye on the level in the oil tank. You don't want to run it dry. If you added oil, chances are the dipstick will fly out due to too much oil pressure. When you're done, either change the oil and filter, or add oil to the tank.
The engine "sumped". This means the oil drained from the oil tank into the engine crankcase.The hose is the crankcase vent. Start the bike with a pan under it to catch the oil coming from the vent hose. Run the bike to operating temp, then check the oil level. Top it off as needed.
No, you're probably draining the small amount of oil that was in the crankcase. All Harley-Davidson engines other than the V-Rod (which I know nothing about) use a "dry sump" oil system. This means that it does not carry it's oil in the crankcase like other motorcycles do. It carries it's oil in a remote oil tank much like a NASCAR racing car. The oil pump pumps oil from the tank to the engine. Once the oil settles to the bottom of the engine, the pump's scavenger stage pumps the oil back to the tank. The oil drain for your Sportster is a piece of hose that plugs onto the frame down low on the left side of the bike back behind the engine. It plugs on just below the pivot for the swing arm. Pull the hose off and the oil will drain.
I'm not real sure where this plug is that your talking about but I think it's a plug to drain the oil from the cam chest when you're working in that area. A Harley engine is a dry sump engine. This means that it pumps the oil into the engine which lubricates everything and then the oil is pumped back out into a remote tank. It does not carry oil in the engine. However is does have oil in the primary case and the transmission. As long as you didn't drain either of these, you should be fine. Just fill the oil tank with oil and start the engine. Let it run for a few minutes and then shut it down and recheck the oil level. Check the oil with the bike on the side stand. The upper mark is "FULL HOT" and the lower mark is 'FULL COLD". As long as the oil level is between these two lines, do not add oil to the tank. Do not overfill. Go to http://www.bikebandit for a view of your engine.
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Oil spilled out on the bolt you removed? Hope to know more. It can be just a pan bolt that secures the oil pan. Just put it back and don't you worry. It will not harm your bike.
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"Spewing out of the intake manifold". Check you oil tank. If the level is really low, it sounds like the scavenge side of your oil pump is not working. If the oil is coming out of the intake that bad, the engine is full of oil.
The Harley oil system is a "dry sump" type of system in that the oil is not carried in the crankcase like in the Japanese bikes but rather in an external oil tank. The oil pump has two sections in it. A "feed" section to pump oil into the engine and a "scavenger" section to pump oil out of the engine and back to the oil tank. If the scavenge section is not working, the pump will pump all the oil into the crankcase but it cannot pump it back out. When this happens, the oil is blown out of the crankcase vent system and into the intake manifold.
A Harley-Davidson engine is what is known as a "dry sump engine" in that it doesn't carry it's oil supply in the crankcase but rather in an external oil tank. In your RK, that oil tank is on the bottom of the transmission. There are two drains on the bottom of the oil tank on the bottom of the transmission. One looks like a plug and the other looks like a recessed pipe plug. The large plug on the left front corner of the pan is the engine oil drain. The smaller pipe plug type drain is the transmission drain.
Yes the bike has a drain plug at the bottom of the crankcase, however it is a (dry sump) which means there is only about one cup of oil in the crankcase, the rest is in the oil tank, the oil filter should also be in the oil tank.....The oil is likely very old and dirty.......it is very thick to start with SAE 60, and pours like syrup....the primary case (housing the primary chain) has it's own oil,about one half quart........ and the transmission has it's own oil also..about two thirds quart....there are engine flush oils, just follow instructions....