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Leaking oil from primary cover, I road my bike to work is it safe to ride it home . I checked the engine oil it's still full . and how hard is it to change this cover?

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All old harleys leaked oil, so its no big deal. First try tightening all bolts to primary cover, they should be allen head, so you will need a allen wrench of correct size. To change gasket you will first need to remove floorboard to primary bolts, then all the allen bolts. Put a pan under to catch oil. scrape old gasket off and install new gasket with a small bit of rtv to hold it in place. Put everything back together.

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Harley transmissions fluid check


To check the engine oil, there is a large knurled knob on the right rear corner of the transmission. This is the oil filler cap and it has a dipstick on it. The oil tank is on the bottom of the transmission. The dipstick has two marks on it. Check the oil with the bike on the stand. The upper mark represents "FULL HOT" and the lower mark is "FULL COLD". Maintain the oil between these two lines. Do not over fill and do not "top it off" with the engine cold as this will cause the oil tank to be overfilled. As long as there is oil on the dipstick, ride the bike until it reaches operating temp and then check the oil.

To check the transmission lubricant, stand the bike as straight up as possible while ensuring it won't fall over. On the chrome cover on the right hand side of the transmission is a large plug that takes an Allen wrench or Hex key to remove. It has a dipstick on it with two marks on it as well. Maintain the oil level between the two marks. The transmission holds 20-24 ounces of oil.

On the primary, again stand the bike up straight. Remove the derby cover from the primary cover on the left side of the bike. The oil level should be just up to the bottom of the outer clutch basket. The capacity is 36-44 ounces of oil. Do not overfill. If you do, the clutch will drag and you will not be able to find neutral with the engine running.

I hope this helps.

Good Luck
Steve

Jun 29, 2011 | 2000 Harley Davidson FLHT Electra Glide...

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I have an oil leak on the primary cover on my bike. How hard is it to replace the gasket. I am a small engine mechanic but have never worked on a Harley.


If you can work on small engines, you can work on a Harley. A Harley is just another machine just like anything else out there. It's not rocket science. On your wide glide, simply find the primary oil drain plug on the underside of the primary back by the derby cover and drain the oil. Remove the screws including the ones for the oval inspection cover and the primary cover comes off. Remember to replace the two small gaskets on the two screws in the inspection cover. Once you have the primary cover back on, refill with oil through the derby cover opening. Stand the bike straight up and fill until the oil level is even with the bottom of the outer clutch shell. Do not overfill or your clutch will drag.

Good Luck
Steve

Jun 05, 2011 | 2001 Harley Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide

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I have (2) questions. 1 is the dip stick on my S&S 107" Big Dog. It has two notches/grooves. (1) is at the bottom of the stick, and (1) is at the top towards the rubber cap. Are those the add...


Well, I don't know about a Big Dog but I do know how the dipstick on a Harley is set up. You have two marks on the stick. The top mark is "FULL HOT" and the lower mark is "FULL COLD". Since the S&S engine is just like a Harley engine in that it is a dry sump type engine. When you check the oil when the engine is cold, as long as the oil is touching the dipstick, you should be OK to ride. Once the engine comes up to temp, then check the oil and bring it close to the top mark. Do not overfill. Never add oil to a cold engine unless you cannot see oil on the stick.

Now, for the leak on the left side of your bike. Now you said that your Big Dog is a custom chopper and your replaced the main seal. You did not tell me whether your primary drive is a standard chain drive primary or an open belt drive as so many "custom choppers" run. If you replaced the main seal, did you lubricate the inside lip of the seal before you installed it. If not, when the engine starts up, the friction will burn up the lip of the seal before the oil gets to it. It only takes a half second to burn the lip of the seal. Always put oil or light grease on the seal lips when you install a seal.

If your primary drive is a standard chain type, the leak could be a bad engine to primary O-ring that goes between the engine and the inner primary cover.

Another place that the oil could be coming from is the nosecone. If the oil is leaking out of the bottom of the nosecone, it can leak down to the centerline of the cases. When you put your bike on the kickstand, the oil will then run across to the left side and drip off. The best way to find the leak is to clean everything off as clean as you can get it. Then go for a short ride and come back and look for the leak.

I hope this helps.

Ride Safe
Steve

Apr 09, 2011 | Harley Davidson FXST Softail Standard...

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Hi, My 2000 road king started to lost a little bit of oil in the bottom of the motor block. It is possible the oil could come from the bolt in the middle of the block


I's possible for oil to come from a lot of places and wind up on the bottom of the engine block. It could be coming from either side or the front of the block. I could be leaking from the o-ring that seals the engine from the primary on the left side, or the cam cover on the right side or the oil filter on the front. The oil leaks out and then the wind blows it around while riding. The best way to find it is to wash the bike thoroughly and then go for a short ride. When you get back, Take toilet tissue and wipe around the bottom of the bike. If you any oil whatsoever, the toilet tissue will show it.

Good Luck
Steve

Mar 10, 2011 | 2000 Harley Davidson FLHR-FLHRI Road king

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Small amount of oil on the bottom of crank case on the kickstand side! its not pouring but does run down the kickstand! bike only has 10k miles


The oil could be coming from anywhere. Just because this is where you see the oil doesn't mean that it's coming from there. When riding, the wind blows the oil around and sometimes you see it well away from where it's leaking.

You need to wash the bike paying particular attention to cleaning all the oil off the engine. Then, take the bike for a short ride of about ten miles or so. Check the plugs where the crankshaft position sensor and the voltage regulator plug into the case. Also, there is a large O-ring between the engine and the inner primary case. This could be leaking. For that matter, the cam chest cover could be leaking and running all the way across the bottom of the engine and dripping off.

A method we used to use was after washing the bike thoroughly and taking the bike for a short ride, we would powder the suspected area with foot powder or talcum powder. Blow off the excess but the oil would hold onto the powder giving it's source away.

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steve

Oct 03, 2010 | 2005 Harley Davidson FXDL - FXDLI Dyna Low...

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I have an oil leak from the primary chain case. What do I need to do/replace? Thanks. Eddie Fowler


There are 6 places that oil can weep/seep/leak from on a Softail primary chaincase. The drain plug, the inspection cover gasket, the cover's gasket, and 3 "interior" seals. I'd thoroughly clean the entire area (under the bike as well) and go for a good test ride. Park on a clean surface so I could properly identify the source(s) of leakage. Remember, oil can "travel" while riding at speed. Hopefully you'll be better able to see if your leak is coming from the cover area itself or from the "inner" primary to engine and transmission interface area.

Sep 29, 2010 | 2000 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage...

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I am currently looking at a 1993 dyna wideglide that is for sale and I am interested in buying. I have it at my house now and was wondering how to check that the fluid levels ie. primary, transmission, and...


To check the engine oil, the oil cap in on the right hand side of the bike, near the top front of the transmission. It's a knurled cap about an inch and a half in diameter. Pull it up and it'll have a long plastic dipstick on it. The stick is marked. The upper mark should be labeled "FULL HOT" with the lower mark being labeled 'FULL COLD". Check this oil level with the bike on the side stand.

The transmission dipstick is on the right side of the bike in the clutch release cover of the transmission. Follow the clutch cable back to find the chromed cover. It usually takes a 3/8" hex key or Allen wrench to remove. It too has two marks on it. Check this fluid with the bike standing straight up.

To check the primary, you must remvove the derby cover. The oil level should be no higher than the lower part of the clutch spring. You should be able to see the oil in the primary.

As for the value of the bike, it's worth whatever you're willing to pay for it. But, to get a better idea, call either your local Harley dealer or a bank that finances motorcycles and ask for the "Average Retail Value" of the bike. Also for the "Loan Value" of the bike. The "Loan Value" is how much the bank will finance on the bike. Don't pay over the ARV and try to get it for as close to the LV as possible unless the bike is exceptional in some way.

Ride Safe
Steve

Aug 20, 2010 | Harley Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide...

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Oil leak -between inner primary and transmission . Changed broken belt and now I have this leak. I put new mainshaft seal and jackshaft seal. Help!!!


There are several seals that can leak in this area. You say you replaced the mainshaft seal in the back of the primary. I've seen a lot of people replace this seal only to have it start leaking immediately. The reason was that they didn't know you must lubricate the seal before you reinstall the primary cover. When you put the primary cover on with the seal dry, when the engine starts up, the mainshaft immediately goes to 1000 RPM or higher with no lubrication on the seal. The friction burns the lip of the seal up before the lubrication in the primary can get there. It only take a second, literally.

Other seals that can cause leaks in this area are the large final drive gear seal in the face of the transmission behind the front belt pulley and the "Quad" seal that is inside the transmission. The Quad seal is almost like an O-ring. It's purpose is to prevent transmission lubricant from seeping out through the splines of the final drive gear. If the front sprocket splines wear and the sprocket gets the slightest bit loose, the compression on the Quad seal will be lost and the tranny will leak. The tale tell sign on this leak is that the transmission will leak a spot of oil about the size of a quarter or a bit bigger when you park the bike. If you wipe up the spot, it won't leak anymore until you either ride the bike or simply start the engine. Then it'll leak that quarter sized spot and stop. Check your lube level in your transmission.

Whenever I pull the inner primary and the belt on a Big Twin, I replace ALL the seals. Make sure you lubricate the lips on the seals so they don't cook before lubrication can get to the seal.

Good Luck
Steve

Jul 13, 2010 | 2000 Harley Davidson FLHR-FLHRI Road king

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Overfilled gear box oil now found metalshavings


According to the header on this thread, we're talking about a Sportster with an overfilled gear box, year model unknown. On a Sportster, the primary and the transmission (gearbox) are lubricated by the same oil.

I've seen this twice. Once was caused by a carburetor that needed servicing. It had leaked fuel into the engine and when started, the excess fuel was forced into the primary making the oil level in the primary/gearbox too high. When drained, you could definately smell the gasoline in the oil and the oil was much too thin.

On the other bike, the owner had a habit of filling the oil tank to the top mark prior to riding the bike. The oil stick is marked with two marks. The lower mark is "Full Cold" and the upper mark is "Full Hot". By filling the tank to the upper mark prior to riding the bike, he was overfilling the oil tank. He just happened to have a very tight fitting oil filler cap and instead of that blowing off when the oil expanded, the oil was forced into primary past the engine's sprocket shaft seal. As long as you can see the oil in the oil tank, it's safe to run the engine until it warms up. Top the oil level off only on a warm engine.

So, you must determing where the excess oil is coming from. If the correct amount was put in the primary but more was drained out, then something isn't right. Where did the extra oil come from? It had to come from somewhere and determining where it came from is the key to solving the problem.

Also, a SMALL amount of shavings adhered to the magnet on the drain plug is not uncommon. The shavings come from the primary chain mostly. As long as it's not an excessive amount or the shaving aren't too large.

If you have any additional concerns that I've not covered here, please repost being more specific if you can.

Good Luck
Steve

Jun 12, 2010 | Harley Davidson XL 883L Sportster...

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Need to change oiltried to watch video followed instructions did not work


Uh Oh, makes me wonder what did happen.

On the bottom of the transmission, rear part behind the engine, are two drain plugs. The plug that is almost in the center of the oil pan is the transmission oil drain while the drain plug farther to front and on the left of the oil pan is the oil drain plug. If you remove this plug, the engine oil will drain out. Once it is finished draining, replace the plug and tighten.

On the right side of the bike right where the engine and transmission come together is a round cap with knurling on the edge. If you pull up on it, it will come out and has a dipstick attached. Pour three quarts of oil where the plug came from if you changed the filter too. If you didn't change the filter, only pour two quarts and 14 ounces of oil into the tank.

Now start the bike and let it run a few minutes and check the oil level. Notice on the dipstick that there are two full marks. One is FULL COLD and the ohter is FULL HOT. Top the oil off with the bike on the side stand, do not overfill.

If you drained the oil out of the transmission, you can refill it at the chorme end cap on the transmission on the right side of the bike. It has a plug in it that requires a 7/16" hex or allen key to remove. It too has a dipstick. Fill the transmission with 20-24 ounces of H-D transmission lube or Syn3 oil.

To change the primary oil, stand the bike as straight up as you can do safely. At the very rear of the primary down on the bottom, there is a drain plug. Remvove it and drain the primary oil. Remove the large round derby cover by removing the five screws that holds it on. Replace the drain plug and tighten. If you look at the clutch assembly, you see the aluminum outer shell. Just inside this is a black disc, the clutch diaphragm spring. Fill the primary with H-D primary lube or Syn3 until the oil level is just up to this level, do not overfill or the clutch will drag. It usually takes 36-44 ounces of oil.

To change the oil filter, simply screw the old one off, clean up the mess, and screw the new one on, tighten 3/4 after it makes contact.

Good Luck

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