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2004 fxst motor vibration and noise top end air bubbles on dip stick didn't change oil yet

First time started this spring didn't add or change oil 27000 miles

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Hopefully you are not saying you have 27000 miles on the same oil. If so lots of engine parts are likely worn out. nORMAL FOR SOME AIR BUBBLES TO APPEAR ON THE DIPSTICK WHEN HOT. This engine should not have vibration or top end noise.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014

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SOURCE: rattling noise top end of engine

The first thing I would do is change the oil and clean the screen. I would use a lighter oil for the winter (10w40) if your bike uses it. Running some "seafoam" in the tank wouldn't hurt and making sure your gas is the proper octane
cam chain would make more of a slapping noise so it may be a sticky lifter. While I don't use SeaFoam in my "oil" the directions states that you can use for about 100 miles prior to an oil change to clean out carbon and gum inside the engine. That would be a personal call so you'll have to decide if you want to do that. I use Seafoam in the gas...just never have put it in the oil yet. Also...some use Marvel Mystery Oil and claim it helps clear up sticky lifters. If you use either product be sure to follow the directions carefully.

Posted on May 17, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 FXST will only start with full choke, dies

sounds like your main jet is clogged you will need to take carb off and clean the jets out run a peice of a wire wheel through the jet to ensure they are clear you also need to clean your float needle valve to ensure that it is getting enough fuel

Posted on Jul 06, 2009

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SOURCE: having trouble removing oil dip stick, just got

When you say you are having problems, what exactly do you mean? Wiggle and pull on the cap until it comes off. Don't worry about breaking it as the bike is under warranty and you can always take it back to the dealer.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

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SOURCE: At 20,000 miles, my 2004 HD Road King started

Cam chain shoes? Get it checked ASAP. If the shoe(s) fail completely, you are in for a big expense as it spreads broken pieces throughout the motor by poor design.

Posted on May 06, 2010

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SOURCE: I changed the oil in my 2000 XLC 883 Sportster and

To begin with, the capacity of your Sporty's oil tank is 3 quarts, not 3 liters. A liter is slighly more than a quart and the oil tank on the bike is designed to hold three quarts of hot oil. Oil expands when it gets hot. If you notice the marks on the dipstick, the lower mark is "full cold" and the upper mark is "full hot". Never overfill a Sporty.

Now, if the bike had been sitting for a while, they have a tendency to "oil sump". Oil sumping is a condition where oil seeps past the check valve in the oil pump and builds up in the bottom of the crankcase. Any Sportster and any Big Twin prior to the Twin Cam that has the oil tank located higher than the engine will do this. That's why the older Harley's would "puke" oil out of the breather when restarted after sitting for a while. If you had a half quart of oil in the bottom end and then poured three quarts into the oil tank, you were overfilled. That's one reason to always start the bike and run it until it's at full operating temperature before you change the oil. The warm oil drains easier and there is none left in the bottom end to play a nasty trick on you. This event happens quite often. You are lucky in the fact that the oil plug didn't blow off while you were riding down the road. When that happens, you get covered in oil. Not something anyone would like.

Good Luck and Ride Safely

Posted on May 31, 2010

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