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Bike has been sitting for a year and now there is no oil in tank?

Where did it go? i had a small leak in the rubber hose but i think i would have seen that much oil on the ground. did it go into the motor? is this normal?? thank you

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The quickest way to tell is drain it into a clean contianer and measure it.

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SOURCE: bikes been in storage for 4 years

Your oil pan where you normally drain the oil when changing it IS the crankcase. I would also drain any gas from the fuel tank(s) and put fresh gas in it, and you will probably need a new battery.

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No, look on the bottom of the oil tank for the right side of the bike. There's a large diameter hose that come off the bottom of the tank and down and back behind the transmission. It follows the frame downward and comes out at the bottom of the frame behind the exhaust pipes. There is a plug in the hose. Remove the plug to drain the oil. Harley moved the drain to the bottom of the crossmember of the frame underneath the bike but I'm not sure of what year they did it.

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Posted on Sep 10, 2010


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SOURCE: My 2005 harley fat boy


This will be transmission/gearbox fluid if it smells like you said it does. Yes you need to warm it up and then check the gearbox fluid level, this can be refilled through the filler bolt ehich is on the left hand side of the gearbox at thetop middle. Its a large head bolt.

Let ,me know if you need more help.



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SOURCE: I recently removed and cleaned

Well it depends. I don't have a schematic for the 2000 Ultra but usually Harley doesn't any small wires connected to the battery. Years ago they did having a single large gauge wire for the general wiring in the bike. But, in recent years, they have moved that wire to the same connection as the positive battery cable connects to the starter. Now, the small wires may be for aftermarket "add ons" that someone has put on the bike like a battery charging pig tail, a security system, or something else. I have no way of knowing. My suggestion would be to get a schematic or try to trace the wires and see where they go. If they are for something like an aftermarket ignition system, which normally connects up at the ignition coil for it's power source, reversing the polarity of the unit could result in damage to the unit.

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Way to much oil coming out air cleaner

Oil coming out of the breather is natural and normal, with basically no way to stop it. There is about 1/2 qt of oil in the bottom end of an engine, as the pistons travel downwards, the air that is under them is being pressurized and is vented out of the engine by a rotary breather valve in the case. The air picks up a small amount of oil from the bottom end as it leaves, then the air/oil mist is vented either into the air cleaner (EPA Regulations) or best if vented to the atmosphere. NOTE: WORN RINGS ALLOWINGS EXCESSIVE COMBUSTION PRESSURE BLOW-BY WILL MAKE THIS SITUATION EVEN WORSE. When it\'s vented into the air cleaner, some if it recirculates into the engine and out the exhaust, the rest saturates the air filter and then eventually gets blown all over the side of the bike. The best way to vent it, is to route a hose from the breather system down to the frame between the engine and trans, run it under the bike on the right side, point the hose down to the GROUND and zip tie it in place.

To stop the leaking breather BOLTS...remove them, and use brake cleaner to completely remove all oil from them, the washers, brackets and threads in the head. Use liquid teflon thread sealant on the bolt threads, and a light film of black rtv on the faces of all the washers and brackets, install everything, let sit for 24 hours, then ride.......if done properly and rtv is CURED, it won\'t leak.

Also note that most HD\'s with the oil tank mounted under the seat and are left sitting for a couple months will PUKE oil from the breather, this is due to the gravity....the oil will slowly seep through the oil pump and collect in the bottom of the crankcase and get blown out the breather when the bike is started.


The HD engine design is a dry sump engine, but there is always a small amount of oil in the bottom end....THIS IS WHERE THE OIL MIST COMES is "possible" for too much oil to give your symptoms, if you have too much oil in it, the oil tank is vented back into the cam compartment, causing excessive oil build up in the bottom end, if this were the case, the oil would be PUKING from the breather, because the oil pump does not have the ability to scavenge that much oil back to the tank that quickly, which in this event, the tank doesn\'t have the room to store any way.

But even so, this is an all too common question and the symptoms are seen on almost every HD on the road.....could it be possible that EVERY HD has too much oil??? In my answer, I tried to explain WHY this happens.....even with or without too much oil.....this will still happen.

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No, look on the bottom of the oil tank for the right side of the bike. There's a large diameter hose that come off the bottom of the tank and down and back behind the transmission. It follows the frame downward and comes out at the bottom of the frame behind the exhaust pipes. There is a plug in the hose. Remove the plug to drain the oil. Harley moved the drain to the bottom of the crossmember of the frame underneath the bike but I'm not sure of what year they did it.

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The only thing I can think of is that either the banjo fittings are cracked, or maybe you put the fittings on wrong.
Where is it leaking, at the cooler, or at the motor? And is it the hose that is connected to the oil pump (right side while sitting on the bike), or is it the one that is connected to the engine (left side while sitting on the bike)?
You could also possibly have a pinhole in the hose or where the pipe goes into the hose.
How bad is it leaking?

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