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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-20-2008, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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BIG Oil Leak

Before I start my post I just wanted to say hey, I've been a reader of the forum for about 6 months and now need your help.

I've had my 96 Kawi ZX7R for about 4 months now with just over 30k on the clock. I had a full bike/engine service about 2 months ago and the mechanic said the bike is in great shape. I've had little to no problems with it until today after a 25 mile ride to school. I dismount and immediately notice the rear end is filthy as I just cleaned and waxed it last night. There is oil EVERYWHERE. I check the drain plug and it seems to be leaking from somewhere higher. I start it up for a moment to see if the oil light comes on and it doesn't. I take a quick glance underneath and it seems to have started leaking more. I kill the engine and now I'm asking for some advice before class. I haven't had a chance to take the gas tank off or anything as I have class here in about 5 minutes. If anyone could offer any advice of what I should do about it after class it would be much appreciated as my mechanical skills are novice at best. Thanks!
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Before I start my post I just wanted to say hey, I've been a reader of the forum for about 6 months and now need your help.

I've had my 96 Kawi ZX7R for about 4 months now with just over 30k on the clock. I had a full bike/engine service about 2 months ago and the mechanic said the bike is in great shape. I've had little to no problems with it until today after a 25 mile ride to school. I dismount and immediately notice the rear end is filthy as I just cleaned and waxed it last night. There is oil EVERYWHERE. I check the drain plug and it seems to be leaking from somewhere higher. I start it up for a moment to see if the oil light comes on and it doesn't. I take a quick glance underneath and it seems to have started leaking more. I kill the engine and now I'm asking for some advice before class. I haven't had a chance to take the gas tank off or anything as I have class here in about 5 minutes. If anyone could offer any advice of what I should do about it after class it would be much appreciated as my mechanical skills are novice at best. Thanks!
That sucks... You check the oil filter? What all did your mechanic do to the engine?

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There's a lot of things it could be.. One common issue is when you take off the filter, the gasket stays behind, it causes the oil filter to leak..

I'd make sure to check if everything is tight.



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Check the obvious stuf...

Brake clean the motor and use baby powder to help find the leak.




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Check the obvious stuf...

Brake clean the motor and use baby powder to help find the leak.
I hope you didnt mean use brake cleaner to degrease. Those can be very harmfull to plastic and rubber pieces, ie, wires, bushing, fairings, ect. You can get a can of engine degreaser at any parts store that is safe and very effective. The baby powder is a very good idea.
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I thought Harley's were the only bikes that were supposed to leak oil.
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If you're that concerned about the brake clean (which I don't agree) use carb cleaner...




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If you're that concerned about the brake clean (which I don't agree) use carb cleaner...
NO. Use engine degreaser. You usually offer very good advise, but please research this before you tell someone to do that. There is a very good reason they make engine degreaser. Try spraying carb cleaner on plastic or rubber and let it sit for awhile. Im sure you've rebuilt carbs before, have you ever left your screwdriver sitting in a puddle of carb cleaner? It will eat the handle. Brake cleaner is for brakes. Carb cleaner is for carbs. Engine degreaser is for engine's.
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Hey... I didn't say give it a bath with the stuff. Plus recall that I don't have plastic on my bike...




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