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Water in primary on 1200 c

I drained the primary oil and it was a milky tan color obviously there is water mixed in it but i was wondering if this is a common problem and what causes this

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Its probably the head gasket. you will need to replace it then flush the oild through to reomve any traces of water. best to replace all your hoses as well as the oil will have compromise dthe rubber and they will split not immediatley but the will split

Posted on Apr 02, 2014

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Light brown milky oil that smells like gas is not good. Drain the oil from the tank and refill it with three quarts of fresh oil. Remove the oil filter and take the spark plugs out of the engine. Using the starter spin the engine over for about 20 seconds without the new filter on the engine. Then wait about five minutes and do it again. The reason for the short spin time and the longer wait is that you don't want to burn up your starter. Keep doing this until you get fresh clean oil coming out of the engine. Put the new filter on and replace the spark plugs. Now,top off the oil tank to the lower line on the dipstick with the bike on it's side stand. The lower line on the stick is "FULL COLD" and the upper line is "FULL HOT". Do not overfill or you'll wind up with a mess. Then fire the engine and let it run for a while. Then turn the engine off and let it sit. If you look in the oil tank immediately after shutting the engine down, the oil will look light brown due to the foaming on top of the oil. Allow the foam to disapate and it should look good.

Now, if gasoline contaminated your engine oil, it may have contaminated your primary oil as well. I'd change that too. Drain the oil and add one quart of specified type of oil.

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Steve

Posted on Aug 01, 2010

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SOURCE: oil.in my 1200 2005 model

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Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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SOURCE: Primary oil 03' Sportster 1200 Custom

Use 1 quart of 75-90 gear oil. I use Mobile 1 full synthetic.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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SOURCE: i have a 2004

You engine uses three quarts of 20W50 oil. The primary and transmission share the same oil and it uses about a quart of oil. One the late model Big Twins, you can use H-D's Syn 3 in all areas. Not sure about the Sportster. I've always used the H-D primary/transmission lubricant for Sportsters. If you wish to use any other brand of lubricant, you need to go to their website and check to see what they say use in what area. Some of the other popular lubricants are Amsoil, Royal Purple, Mobil V-Twin, and Red Line.

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Steve

Posted on Jun 26, 2011

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