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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Massive engine oil leak after rear tire replacement on '84 GL1200 Aspencade

Yeah, I'm shaking my head after reading that message title, too!

I recently finished changing the rear tire on a 1984 GL1200 Aspencade. (Sheesh, so much work!)
When I buttoned things up and took it for a ride, I noticed a large amount of oil coming out of the engine. It appears to be coming from the output shaft. When putting the drive shaft back in place, there were a few false starts to get it lined up with the u-joint in there. So I guess I dinged things up, or pushed the seal out of place?

Can I get to the output shaft seal without pulling the engine? I'm wondering if I nudged the seal out of place, and I just need to nudge it back?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 11:28 AM
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Why would you have to mess with a driveshaft to replace a tire? You should be able to pull the boot back to inspect thr seal.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 12:50 PM
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The output shaft seal can be changed without removing the motor. It takes some skill.

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One would almost have to work hard at doing that I think? The U-joint front yoke's end can only get near any seal on the output shaft after it has already fully engaged the splines in total.
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Yeah, I was wondering if something could be putting stress on that seal. Can't think what it might be.

Did you replace the driveshaft seal? Are you sure it's motor oil that's leaking?
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