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3rdgear

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Oil leak on first ride?
« on: September 15, 2010, 03:06:36 AM »
Picked up my 2010 G5 Deluxe (Yea!).  Took her for a 25 mile ride on surface streets and did not go over 35 MPH.  Parked the bike and noticed a few oil leaks.  Is this normal?  I will search the forums for answers but thought I would throw it out there.





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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2010, 03:13:11 AM »
Check the oil level and the drain for the airbox. Dealer may have overfilled the sump. If the oil level is higher than low mark, that' could be it. Also, check the kickstart seal inside and under the chain.

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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2010, 03:45:35 AM »
Looking at the 2nd photo, the oil level isn't too high, I can't tell exactly where is first photo is located, but if it's at the lower rear of the chain side (right), that could be rubbish , crud etc from the chain accumulating, worried me the first time I seen. The onlt oil leak I've had (Other than adding too much to the sump) was the chrome cover over the starter motor drive chain. Hope this helps, great looking bike by the way (Same as mine  ;D)


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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2010, 03:57:00 AM »
The top photo is what I noticed (and the service tech noticed) when I first rode my C5.  I thought it was extra stuff coming off the chain, but I could be wrong.

The second photo I'm not sure about at all.
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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2010, 04:19:00 AM »
Sorrry,
I didn't see the pix. My G-5 does the same thing in the first picture. It's a seep around the kickstart shaft. I had it in for warranty repair once and it didn't go away, so now it's back at the dealer to try again. It's not a big deal, mine never left a drop on the ground but oil collected like yours. I assume the bike is on the side stand, since no oil is showing. So it may also be the airbox blow out dripping on the chain and that would leave the same pix. The other leak I haven't seen, maybe just the bolt not tightened. That leak drove me nuts at first but I learned to just live with it. Never created a problem. Just verify the oil level and/or pull the airbox cover and see if there's oil inside. Also, the back of my engine case is wet with oil, but only the overfilling situation left drops on the ground.

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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2010, 04:21:11 AM »
I took another look at the pix and there seems to be oil. If the engine If the bike is cold, on the center stand, your level looks fine.

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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2010, 07:14:37 AM »
3rd Gear,

the first pic of your bike looks like extra chain lube dripping from the front cog.
It happened with every new bike and may not be an issue.

the second pic definitely looks like an oil leak, something you must take up with the dealer. perhaps a new nut with a better rubber seal would do the trick.

these minor niggles are part of the eccentricity of owning a Royal Enfield.

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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2010, 12:01:06 PM »
I agree with the others on chain lube, my C5 did the same thing when I first got it, Congrats on the new bike!
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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2010, 01:15:29 PM »
Thanks for the feedback.  I was hoping it was nothing serious.

 

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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2010, 05:08:22 PM »
You can't tell from that pic if the oil level is right or not since we don't know if it was on the side stand or center stand.  Check your oil level.  There's a bottom mark and a mid mark on the window.  You want to be at the mid mark.  Warm the bike up a while and then turn off the engine.  Pput it on the center stand and let it sit a few minutes.  Then check the level.  If you're over the mid mark it may be too high and cause it to spew oil.  Also, open the right side tool box and see if it's spittin oil into there.

Pic 1 may not be a problem, mine looked like that too when I got it.  Wipe it out before and after the next few rides, see if it stops.  If not you need something fixed.

Pic2, is it just coming from that one allen bolt?  There's a copper washer behind it so it should be sealing and may not be. or just needs to be torqued to spec.  If it's coming from more spots you may need more bolts torqued or need a seal replaced.

Take heart, we'll get you sorted soon ;)

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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2010, 07:13:27 PM »
Just took delivery of my G-5 a week ago last Saturday (9/4/2010).  I've got the same puddle of oil with the black gunk from road dust in the same place.  Wiped it out once and it's back again.  Could be a leak, as I had to add 4 oz of oil since on the center stand, my oil was about a third above the low mark, and when I got the bike, it was just below the high mark.  It goes back to the dealer next week for the 500 mile check and oil change, so I'll bounce him about the cause. ???
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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2010, 07:18:10 PM »
Mine did the same thing in the same place.   Seemed to be coming from an aggresivly oiled chain.   I cleaned it up three or four times, each time it left less for me to clean the next time.  It is down to wipe up a little bit now every three or four rides..   If it is ever totally dry, it sorta' tells me to check the chain oil!   ;D 
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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2010, 07:37:56 PM »
Hope it works that way for mine, Ggolden!  Think I'll cross my fingers!  :D
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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2010, 08:09:17 PM »
If it keeps collecting oil there and your engine oil keeps going down, you've got an issue.  I still get some black gunk in there now but that's probably just teflon chain lube that I use on my o-ring chain.  G5s have a traditional chain so you could expect more mess in there ongoing depending on what chain lube you use.

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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2010, 08:22:35 PM »
I really don't think the black gunk is leaking engine oil. My G5 had same problem, and took a long time to clear. Lubing chain with Wurth dry lube eventually stopped it. Now I lube chain with Silkolene chain oil, the black gunk is back. Chain lube is what it is. Many here have reported same symptom.
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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2010, 08:52:53 PM »
3rd Gear,

the first pic of your bike looks like extra chain lube dripping from the front cog.
It happened with every new bike and may not be an issue.

the second pic definitely looks like an oil leak, something you must take up with the dealer. perhaps a new nut with a better rubber seal would do the trick.

these minor niggles are part of the eccentricity of owning a Royal Enfield.

+1.

I had the black gunk too. In India they dont use a chain spray, but a tub of grease and they smear it on the chain. This then leaves huge globs of it on the chain and where the chain is tightest it slings off. This goo then ends up under the engine cover (your first picture). I guess you could say this is normal - dont worry about it, and expect to clean that crap off for the next 1500 miles. :)

BTW, if you also see a piece of gasket sticking out, this is also normal. Apparently the same gasket is used for another bike (maybe the g5?!) and the c5 only uses part of the gasket, so they install it, then tear off the excess. I freaked out on my first bike that I received because of the oil leak (pic 1) and a sizable (2") length of engine gasket sticking out. Logic would say that the gasket was crushed and thats why its leaking - its all in the same area. But its not the case at all. My dealer is new so he didnt know about this issue.

I now know a bit more, and probably shouldn't have refused pickup of the first bike. My second bike was identical down there, and after 1000 miles I definitely dont have any oil leaks, just some chain goop that gets heated and then seeps down occasionally. Also, its pretty obvious its not oil - it would be much lighter in color like your second pic.

I didnt have the problem in your second picture, but I'd just snug it up a little and see if it goes away. If that doesnt work, I'd request a new seal and screw.

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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2010, 08:58:14 PM »
BTW, if you also see a piece of gasket sticking out, this is also normal. Apparently the same gasket is used for another bike (maybe the g5?!) and the c5 only uses part of the gasket, so they install it, then tear off the excess.

Saw the same thing and was puzzled but figured teh same thing.  I tore it off and moved on.  It the piece hanging out was important for sealing there would be more immediate and apparent problems :)

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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2010, 09:27:02 PM »
The G5 also has this bit of spare gasket.
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Re: Oil leak on first ride
« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2010, 01:36:04 AM »
Hit the goo with some engine degreaser and wiped off the oil weeping from the bolt holes.  Put 100 miles on her since my original post and no oil or goo to speak of.  My only other complaint about this bike is that I can't wipe the smile off my face when I ride it.

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Re: Oil leak on first ride?
« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2010, 02:01:36 AM »
Should have warned you, the smile is permanent.
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