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Old 07-12-2008, 06:05 PM   #1
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Angry Stop The Oil Leaks!!!

Does anyone know how to stop a shovel from leaking oil? New member here but far from a new rider (scoots didn't have engines when I started riding). I just had my 78 FLH rebuilt. Before the rebuild I had one spot of oil under her, I know, very unusual. Now the dam thing leaks all over the place and the guy that rebuilt it tells me to GFM. Alas, what am I to do? Besides shooting him!
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:15 PM   #2
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What sort of "rebuild" did you have done? Besides one that rebuilt all the oil leaks that shovels are supposed to have from the factory?
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:19 PM   #3
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I guess you're right. He just made it more original than it actually was!
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:14 AM   #4
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If possible, find out where the spot of oil is coming from. That will give you a clue on what to fix. I rebuilt a few Shovels, so I know a bit about making them leak free.
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:10 AM   #5
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If possible, find out where the spot of oil is coming from. That will give you a clue on what to fix. I rebuilt a few Shovels, so I know a bit about making them leak free.
I'd say the only sure way to stop a Shovel from leaking is to and park it somewhere and drain all the oil out of it.
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:32 AM   #6
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My Dyna started leaving a spot, can you belive that? it's either the inner primary seal where the mainshaft goes through or maybe where the gear shift goes out. I don't think it's the trans. because there's no oil on the front pully or the belt. No big deal really, I'll change the seal when I do the next oil change.

Where's the Shovel leak from? there's not that many places really, usually the pushrod tubes, rocker arms or the somewhere on the primary case or transmission seal.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:55 AM   #7
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I'd say the only sure way to stop a Shovel from leaking is to and park it somewhere and drain all the oil out of it.
It'd still leak!
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:32 AM   #8
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If possible, find out where the spot of oil is coming from. That will give you a clue on what to fix. I rebuilt a few Shovels, so I know a bit about making them leak free.
Your garage floor has a different version of that story!
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Old 07-14-2008, 04:42 AM   #9
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My 76 leaked until I built it. My 82 didn't leak a drop. Right now the Knuck needs a bucket under it, but I will be rebuilding that one this winter.
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:30 AM   #10
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KingHD78,

If you cannot find the leak(s) otherwise, try an old Indian (sorry, 'Native american') trick:

Wash the engine and degrease it as much as possible. After it has completely dried, spray down the suspect areas with underarm deodorant. That will, of course, make a fine film of white powder.

Then, take the bike out for a spin around the neighborhood. Don't go too fast, as you don't want to blow the powder or oil around.

Get back to the garage, and look for 'wet spots'. They will be fairly obvious.

If your motor's like Longride's Knuck, you'll probably see that you have a couple of 'dry spots', but you'll have a better idea of where your problem(s) are.

Good luck!
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