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I just changed oil in softail and now it is pouring oil from breather what is going on

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Was this your first time changing the oil?
Sounds like you may have drained the tranny and
over-filled the motor......
Did you have a book/ manual?

Harry

Posted on Sep 11, 2009

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91Harley FLH, OIL pouring out of breather tube . Whats problem?


Has the bike been sitting for a while? If so, I may have "sumped". This means that oil from the oil tank flowed past the check ball in the oil pump and flowed into the bottom of the crankcase. If the oil level is low, there is a good chance this is what happened. Only way to get the oil out of the crankcase is to run the bike until all the oil is pumped out thru the breather. Place a pan under the breather hose to catch the oil. Eieset way to solve this problem in the future is to place a clamp on the feel line that goes from the oil tank to the pump. Don't run the bike with the clamp in place! Hope this helps.

Oct 01, 2012 | 2000 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage...

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Gas is poring out the crankcase breather on my 88 softail


The crankcase breather on an 88 model is down low on the engine cases and exits underneath the bike. If you have fuel coming out of this breather, your crankcase is full of fuel due to a leak in the needle and seat of the carb. Your cylinders may be full of fuel as well.

First, turn the petcock off and stop the fuel leak. Then jack the bike up off the ground and shift the transmission into high gear. Remove both spark plugs. Turn the rear wheel by hand in it's normal direction of rotation and make sure the engine is not hydrostatically locked up due to the cylinder being full of gas. Once you know the engine is not locked up. Put the transmission back in neutral.

Now, if you spin the engine with the starter, it will pump the gasoline out of the crankcase. But, it will probably overflow the oil tank. I'd drain about two quarts of oil out of the tank and set it aside. Plug the oil drain hose and spin the engine with the starter for about 15 seconds with the spark plugs out of the engine. Wait three minutes and do it again. Then, drain the remaining oil out of the oil tank and pour the two quarts you initially drained out back into the tank. You're going to finish flushing the engine out with this oil. Spin the engine again with the starter, wait three minutes and do it again. Then, change the oil and the filter. This should get most of the gasoline out. Check your primary to see if the gasoline got into it as well.

Then fix the carb so that it doesn't overflow and remember to turn your petcock off when you get off your bike.

Good Luck
Steve

Jun 04, 2011 | Harley Davidson FXST Softail Standard...

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Oil system manual for a 1987 softail (evolution). oil leaking from breather of engine system.


On your '87 Softail, the engine breather vent is behind and below the oil pump. The air from the breather is routed into the engine air filter by a metal pipe and rubber tubing that runs from the breather vent to the air filter. It is common to get a bit of oil in the air filter because of this system. The system was designed to meet EPA regulations of the time. Since then, the breather system has been modified to allow the engine to breathe at the top of the heads instead of down low on the engine. This resolves some of the problem with oil getting into the air filter but it still does not eliminate it. The only way to eliminate the oil from getting into the air filter is to reroute the air from the crankcase breather vent to somewhere else. Most people just let it exhaust underneath the bike by putting a small breather filter on the end of a short piece of rubber hose connected to the breather vent.

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Steve

Apr 01, 2011 | Harley Davidson FXST Softail Standard...

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Oil leak


Rick, since 1994, Harley has used what we call a "head breather" system in that the crankcase breathers are located in the heads. This was done in an effort to reduce the amount of oil that gets into the air filter. In earlier case breather model engines, the oil would pour into the air filter if the bike had been sitting for a few months. Prior to that, the bike would "puke" what looked like a quart of oil on the ground below the bike when first started after a long period of sitting.

If you'll remove the air filter cover and element, you'll see that the large bolts that hold the breather onto the heads are hollow. Inside the rocker boxes, there are small rubber "umbrellas" that are opened and closed by crankcase pressure. These are designed to allow your engine to breathe without an excess of oil being blown out. Still even though this system is better, a little oil still gets into the air filter. You can either keep this cleaned out or you can replace the "head breather" systems with an aftermarket system that changes the location the system exhaust crankcase pressure from. Also, you can change the "umbrella" seal and put in new ones. It isn't that difficult to do on the front head. The rear head can be tricky since there isn't much room to get to the bolts to take the rocker box cover off. The umbrella seals are located in the center section of the rocker box cover.

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Steve

Jun 02, 2010 | 2005 Harley Davidson FLSTC - FLSTCI...

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Crankcase breather


If the bike sits for a while, and then you run it and shut it off, it will drip.. run it more often.

Apr 26, 2010 | 2000 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage...

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I changed my oil and filter now oil is leaking


you put to much oil in. drain some off. some oil in recirculated through breather hose's going to the air filter. If u over fill more goes in then can be handled and it drips out of airfilter and onto bike. dont put in a full 3 qts just 2.6

Jul 05, 2009 | Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail...

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Pulling oil through carb breather


By "pulling oil through the carb breather" I assume you mean air breather? The solution to that is to buy an aftermarket "horseshoe" breather. Check Drag Specialties, V Twin Products, etc.

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