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Old 05-11-2012, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi folks,

I'm working on my project, an 86 GL1200A, I noticed a small oil leak from the shifter seal and replaced that last night.

Today I noticed some white smoke from the front of the engine. It seems that the oil leak was dripping onto the left-side exhaust headers. Is it safe to just let that burn off normally, or is there some way I need to clean it?

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White smoke?

What's it smell like?
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If a lot built up, clean it. Just fresh little bit, your choice.
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Or are the exhaust manifold nuts loose?
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Wow, that was fast.

It's definitely just the oil, I recognize the smell from spilling oil changing it in my car. Plus I can see where it is coming from. Not major smoke, just little wisps that start when the exhaust headers get hot enough.

Thanks for asking me to check those bolts though, noticed a small exhaust leak from the clamp where the left muffler joins to the pipes off the engine. (PO installed Jardine slip-on mufflers)
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I appreciate your help. I imagine I'll be needing a lot of it as I move down the list on this bike.

After needing a hammer to get the oil drain plug off and watching what is basically black paint come out, I'm operating under the assumption that nobody has done maintenance on this thing in a long time. Runs and rides though which I guess is good for a 26 year old bike.
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When you changed the oil, had you warmed up the motor and oil to running temp? Cold oil is always thicker and the gunk settles to the bottom of the crankcase. Yes old oil can get real grungy if not change regularly, if left to set for a long period, it'll get very thick and gooey from the exhaust gases/carbon deposits that mix in the oil.
Run a qt of Marvel Mystery oil or Seafoam in the fresh oil change for an easy 200-300 miles(continuous easy riding, low rpms, lots of shifting through the gears up and down) and then change the oil and filter again while it is still hot to clean out the gunk in the motor. Run that oil for 500 miles and change it again.
Run Delo400LE 15w40 oil as a lot on this site do. It's a diesel motor oil with great results over many miles of touring use from Canada to SoCal and east, no modifiers to cause clutch slippage and it's only $13/gal at Walmart.
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When you changed the oil, had you warmed up the motor and oil to running temp? Cold oil is always thicker and the gunk settles to the bottom of the crankcase. Yes old oil can get real grungy if not change regularly, if left to set for a long period, it'll get very thick and gooey from the exhaust gases/carbon deposits that mix in the oil.
Run a qt of Marvel Mystery oil or Seafoam in the fresh oil change for an easy 200-300 miles(continuous easy riding, low rpms, lots of shifting through the gears up and down) and then change the oil and filter again while it is still hot to clean out the gunk in the motor. Run that oil for 500 miles and change it again.
Run Delo400LE 15w40 oil as a lot on this site do. It's a diesel motor oil with great results over many miles of touring use from Canada to SoCal and east, no modifiers to cause clutch slippage and it's only $13/gal at Walmart.
good advice here.
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Thanks for the advice, newday. I should have specified that "black paint" referred to the color not the consistency. The old oil came out rather easily since I drained it with the engine warm.

I will definitely try some Seafoam in the crankcase when I get to working on it in full swing next week. I think I'll pick up several filters and gallons of that oil and do a couple of 500 mile oil changes after that as well.
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