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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2018, 3:49 pm 
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Hi all.
This is my first Alp.
1989 XL600V
Don't know what other particulars you need.
The leak.
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Is this common without digging into the motor. I pressure washed the bike to see if I could find it.
It leaks when it runs. I havent ridden the bike, just been working on it. It appears to be around the oil sensor, but i havent pulled the countershaft cover off yet.

Anyone have any experience? I know some bikes/cars have a common issue, I was hoping one of you would say: Yeah, thats the Fetzer Valve. You need a new 3 in 1 and gauze pads and Prestone... no Quaker State.

That was for humor.


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PostPosted: February 4th, 2018, 7:25 am 
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I would not say that is common. If it truly is leaking while running but not moving it is probably the counter shaft seal which is pressurized while running. The oil pressure switch could also be leaking but I think those the only 2 things that have pressure in that area. Farther back is the oil filter. Otherwise it looks like oil from the chain.

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PostPosted: February 4th, 2018, 8:09 pm 
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Thanks, I start at disassembly of the countershaft.

I hate leaks. Frustrating.


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PostPosted: February 5th, 2018, 7:06 am 
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When you get a chance, please finish filling out your profile so that we know where you are located.

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PostPosted: February 5th, 2018, 11:35 am 
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Hi Bentaxle....Get the gearchanger and plastic sprocket cover off..clean it all up really well and re-look for that leak..so you know exactly where from...might also be excessive crankcase pressure for some reason finding a weak spot...whats mileage and oil grade.


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PostPosted: February 5th, 2018, 1:25 pm 
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Thanks guys. I updated the profile. Thank you for the tips.

Add: milage is 50k on the clock, grade? Blackish slippery. I haven't changed the oil yet, want to solve the leak first.


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PostPosted: February 9th, 2018, 8:08 pm 
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BentAxel wrote:
Thanks guys. I updated the profile. Thank you for the tips.

Add: milage is 50k on the clock, grade? Blackish slippery. I haven't changed the oil yet, want to solve the leak first.

My suggestion is:
Change the oil so that it will be honey coloured and slippery and stands out more from any excess chain oil. It could be as simple as a 39 year old lip seal on the counter-shaft that has gone hard and can no longer seal properly.
But then I am a train driver and electrician so this isn't my strong suit.

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PostPosted: February 13th, 2018, 9:00 am 
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Update: Counter shaft is dry, or as it should be, no oil. Attention is back to the oil sensor and the oil filter, maybe it was installed incorrectly.


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PostPosted: February 13th, 2018, 9:01 am 
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BentAxel wrote:
Thanks guys. I updated the profile. Thank you for the tips.

Add: milage is 50k on the clock, grade? Blackish slippery. I haven't changed the oil yet, want to solve the leak first.

Thanks, good suggestion I will give it a go this weekend.


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