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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-12-2007, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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should there be fluid?

im taking my alternator cover off and a fluid that looked a lot like engine oil started dripping out the bottom when i cracked the seal loose. i quickly tightened it back up cause im doing this in my duplex, but is there supposed to be any fluids inside there? i didnt think there should be.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-12-2007, 06:03 PM
 
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Yep!
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-12-2007, 06:04 PM
 
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yeah, there should be fluid in there, and I HOPE its motor oil. the stator is attached to the crank on the bike, so there needs to be oil getting in there so that the bearings can be lubricated, and keep the bike running like it should.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-12-2007, 06:15 PM
 
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yeah, there should be fluid in there, and I HOPE its motor oil. the stator is attached to the crank on the bike, so there needs to be oil getting in there so that the bearings can be lubricated, and keep the bike running like it should.
Nicely put. I just know when I took my engine covers off to polish I seen some oil in there. I just drained the oil beforehand.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-12-2007, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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lol...thanks guys...guess i should read up on my bike and get to know her better heh, its a good thing i didn't go ahead an just pop off that cover, i couldnt imagine how horrible that would be all over the floor
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-12-2007, 10:03 PM
 
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better to ask the question and know, rather than make yourself feel/look like stupid by taking it apart and spilling oil everywhere.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-13-2007, 09:43 AM
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Yes that is engine oil...

MAKE SURE when doing this repair to do it with the bike on the side stand! It will limit the amount of oil out. Either way it will only be a 1/4 of a quart or so. Just be sure to top off the bike when done, if it even needs it.

Might also want to have to high temp RTV silicone near by if your NEW gasket doesn't seal just right which is not un-common. I think you'll see even in your service manual that Kaw suggest part number blah blah blah Kawasaki Gasket sealant.




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