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Old 11-25-2009, 04:30 PM   #1
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Suzuki Dr 650 Oil Leak

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I have been battling to find the source of a small oil leak on my 2008 Dr 650 for some time now. Somewhere on the right side of the engine, above the oil filter compartment. I have cleaned and scrubbed then taken it on a small ride to identify the source of the leak, but all my efforts have proven useless UNTIL..... i discovered talcum poweder.

I sprayed talc all over the place and went for a small 2km ride. I pulled over and instantly identified the source of the leak. Its coming from the... and you might need to help me with the name, but i think its the crank shaft adjustment....BIT/THING. There is a black gasket and now i know where the oil is coming from its fairly obvious that it was coming from there. Part of the gasket is cracked and poking out the top of the case, exactly where the oil is coming from. I believe gaskets are fairly cheap.. in the range of <$10.
Now my question is, has anyone else seen this before? Is it common on DR's. Is it easy to fix now i know where its coming from. The garage want $100 to fix it. Is it complicated to do myself etc?
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:02 PM   #2
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Do you mean from the Camchain adjuster? . If so mine was weeping and i smeard some gasket goo on it and fixed it.
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:20 PM   #3
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:27 PM   #4
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if it is the cam chain tensioner gasket then its an easy fix and a fairly common problem. i had the same thing on my DR. disconnect the oil lines, set the engine to TDCC, and undo the two allen bolts holding the tensioner to the engine. the most difficult and time consuming part i found was scraping away the old gasket. to put back on you turn the screw in the end of the tensioner clockwise until it retracts then mount back on and tighten up the bolts.
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:39 PM   #5
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Should still be under warranty?

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Old 11-25-2009, 11:50 PM   #6
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if it is the cam chain tensioner gasket then its an easy fix and a fairly common problem. i had the same thing on my DR. disconnect the oil lines, set the engine to TDCC, and undo the two allen bolts holding the tensioner to the engine. the most difficult and time consuming part i found was scraping away the old gasket. to put back on you turn the screw in the end of the tensioner clockwise until it retracts then mount back on and tighten up the bolts.
Yep mine did that - at 75,000km she is now no leaky.

See the DR thread.
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:18 AM   #7
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heheheh yep done mine at about 10.000kms pesky lil leak and a cheap fix
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:01 PM   #8
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yeah its the Cam Chain Adjuster. I have ordered a new gasket for $6 easy.
now i gotta figure out how to remove the old one. Do i need to drain the oil for this?
Ill get some pics of the process as it seems like a common problem with the DR. The mechanic said he had seen a few DR's pass through his workshop with the same problem.
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:06 AM   #9
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Had the same leak from my cam chain tensioner at about 25000ks .Difficult to track but seems common in DRs .$4 gasket but an hour for me to fit it as the exhaust is in the way.Might be quicker to have removed it. Good luck Dont start the job without a quality 5mm ballend allen key.

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Old 11-27-2009, 05:26 AM   #10
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Do i need to drain the oil for this?
No. Just take a little care not to let bits of the old gasket fall into the motor via the opening.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness when doing gaskets. Clean the surfaces and wipe with a solvent (metho will do) so they are oil and grease (fingerprint) free directly before assembly, and it should never leak again.
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:27 PM   #11
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I sent some info on the fix muzz. Check your pm.



Mine got pretty bad before I fixed it......

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Old 12-02-2009, 07:47 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info guys, you were all spot on. Glad to know that im not the only one with the problem. I have the new gasket $5! Awesome!
Love the DR! best bike EVER!
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:15 AM   #13
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All things considered... Yes.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:29 AM   #14
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Thanks for the info guys, you were all spot on. Glad to know that im not the only one with the problem. I have the new gasket $5! Awesome!
Love the DR! best bike EVER!

HANG ON...in your previous post you said the gasket was $6...mate, we need consistency around this place if we're to continue giving you a bum steer on technical advice
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:36 PM   #15
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if it is the cam chain tensioner gasket then its an easy fix and a fairly common problem. i had the same thing on my DR. disconnect the oil lines, set the engine to TDCC, and undo the two allen bolts holding the tensioner to the engine. the most difficult and time consuming part i found was scraping away the old gasket. to put back on you turn the screw in the end of the tensioner clockwise until it retracts then mount back on and tighten up the bolts.
hey guys, i cant find any info on how to get my bike to TDCC, from what i understand is it needs to be top dead center. how do i do that? i just got the leak and its bugging me knowing thers something "wrong" with my baby :)
i already ordered the gasket but dont know how to install it. i would have just unbolted the header, used the 5mm allen wrenches, and tooken the the whole thing off and cleaned the old gasket off and replaced a new one. but from what im reading is that i need to put the bike TDC (Top Dead Center) or i will suffer some headaches. from what i see is that you guys have already done this so please put together a noob guide for me thanks
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