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I have a 2008 softail deluxe purchased in April 2010 with 565 miles when purchased. I now have 1400 miles on the bike and all of a sudden I hear a weezing or 'chain' noise in the primary. I had the first servicing at 1100 miles. I got the bike back from the mechanic today, they checked the primary and found nothing wrong but the noise is still there. I hear it when idiling and riding. Is there a problem or do you think I should be concerned?

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You can check this for yourself. Remove the inspection (oval cover in the middle of the primary) and check the tension on the upper run of the primary chain. Of course, do this with the engine not running. It shoud have slack in the chain of 3/4 to 7/8 inch with the engine cold. If it's too tight, it can cause problems.

If this is correct, you can do one other thing. Since you said that you can hear the noise with the engine idling, while you have the inspection cover off, start the engine and let it idle. DO NOT STICK YOUR FINGER IN THE INSPECTION HOLE. You will lose your finger. But, listen and see if your can hear the noise. If so, there are several things it could be. One, you have an alternator in the primary case, the rotor could be rubbing on the stator. Also, I have heard of a starter not disengaging and the "jackshaft" (starter gear that engages the ring gear on the clutch drum) running all the time.

If you can hear this, take it back to the dealer that serviced the bike and have them recheck their work. People are human and humans make mstakes, all of them do. I know I've made my share. Just have them check over their work since it seemed to have started when you had the service work done at 1100 miles.

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Posted on Aug 05, 2010

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