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I have a 2012 harley and im getting oil blowing into my air breather how do i find wear its leaking

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The oil breather/separation system ends up in the induction pipe throat and the oil mist that does not get eliminated in the breather process is then sucked into the induction system and burnt n the engine. If your oil level is too high or if the breather system is defective this will cause excessive oil to end up in the air cleaner area. If the tubes etc that direct the oil into the induction system throat are missing or defective this would also add to or cause an excessive oil in the breather area problem.

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An overfull oil tank will do it. Even if not overfull just about all harley's will blow oil out the air filter. Unless there is a bunch of oil coming out, it's not a problem What I've found is that the air filter eventually gets saturated and then starts to leak through. The level in the oil tank doesn't seem to matter. If you change the air filter the problem goes away, until the new one gets saturated and then it starts all over again. My plan is to get a K&N air filter, which you can clean yourself and save having to buy a new air filter every 4,000 miles or so.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

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This is a common problem on all sportsters, they have an oil blow by that dumps it into the air filter. I have found that if I run about a half quart low the problem goes away.

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SOURCE: there is oil coming into the air breather on a harley 883

This is normal, the sportsters vents oil out of the air breather. You can lesson the amount of oil by running the oil a little low, I run mine with the oil mid way between the lines on the dip stick.

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Just a possibility, i found this worked on some cars with similar problem (at least reduced the amount of oil going up the pipe)

Add a (bit at a time) bottle of STP oil treatment, the thick gooey stuff, it should increase the surface tension of the oil, keeping it in one piece, not splitting up and splattering around --> thus being less readily exhaled up the blow-off pipe.
just a thought. this will also increase the compression a little since it thickens the oil, will take up a little wear too coz it likes to cling on to bearings.

Posted on Apr 30, 2009

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Your '98 Evo motor is what they call a "head breater" engine. This means that the crankcase ventilation is at the upper end of the heads rather than way down at the lower end of the engine like it used to be. They the first year for the "head breaters" was 1994.

Now, At the top of the heads where the rocker boxes are, there are three pieces. The lower rocker plate with the rocker arms in it, the middle piece and the upper cover. If you take the four bolts out, you'll see an umbrella valve in the middle piece of the rocker boxes. This valve is a replacable rubber piece. Over time and many times of heating up and cooling down, they can get brittle and allow a lot of blowby resulting in oil in your air filter element.

Now there is another part in the cam chest that has a lot of effect on the operation of the crankcase breather system on your bike. This part is called the "breather gear" and is located down in the cam chest to the rear of the camshaft. In you bike, the part is made of plastic if it's the original part. I have seen the teeth break off of the drive gear and the breather gear stop turning. This will screw up the "breathing cycle" on your engine and cause it to "blow oil". Usually, the oil pump locks up when this happens due to the plastic teeth getting in the oil pump but not always. If this eventually turns out to be your problem, have the mechanic or yourself install one of the new S&S reed valve type breather gear replacements. They don't turn at all and work absolutely great. The part is about a hundred dollars but it's well worth it. Solves the old broken breather gear problem that has plauged the Evo engine it's entire life.

There are no "screens" in the Evo engine other than the "tappet oil screen". Just in front of the oil pump is a screw plug that is in the engine cases itself. If you remove this plug, there is a small spring and cone shaped screen that filters the oil prior to it going to your tappets. This should be cleaned every other oil change but it has nothing to do with the oil in your breather.

Now some riders will tell you that if you allow your Harley to sit for any length of time that it will "oil sump" with you. By this, they mean that oil will seep past the check ball in your oil pump and pool up in your crankcase. When you start the engine up, oil will be blown into your oil filter. Not true on your Ultra. The bikes that will oil sump are the Sportsters, Softails, Shovelheads, or any bike that the oil tank is higher than the oil pump on the frame. On your Ultra, the oil tank is on the bottom of the transmission. Your bike will not "oil sump" unless you have a sheared key in your oil pump or the oil has somehow learned how climb. You oil tank is below your pump in other words and oil does not flow uphill.

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