Oil tank drain bolt

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  1. ShaiDanny

    ShaiDanny Adventurer

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    Hi all,

    I have a small oil leak from my drain bolt (which is tightened correctly) and I want to open it and replace the washer.
    The thing is that I replaced my oil recently and I don't want to drain it again if I don't have to.
    Can anyone verify if I lay the bike on the right side (not on the ground but on a stool so it's not horizontal completely) I can open the drain bolt without any oil coming out?
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  2. jameslawson

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    Oil will still come out.

    Undo the bold catch the oil in a clean drip pan replace bolt and washer put drained oil back in. Simple!
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  3. hennessyktm

    hennessyktm Still here...

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    You probably dont have to get a new copper crush washer.

    Hang the washer on a piece of bare wire, paper clip, etc (wear gloved or hold with pliers).

    Heat it up with a torch until it glows red.

    Remove it from the flame and quickly submerge it in a cup of water.

    This causes the copper to expand and will again make a seal. I do it all the time and I've seen it posted in several threads on this site.

    Hope this helps!
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  4. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Maybe with just leaning it but laying it flat on its right side and I doubt much will spill removing the oil tank drain bolt?

    /Johan
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  5. ShaiDanny

    ShaiDanny Adventurer

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    I'll try and see what happens.
    Draining the oil is always possible...

    Thx
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  6. HeatXfer

    HeatXfer Bad knees

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    Don't drain the oil, Just use a cork or rubber stopper to temporarily plug the hole: with a cold engine, slowly unscrew the bold, slip your finger over the hole first, line-up your stopper and pop it in until you've "conditioned" your crush washer.

    You'll spill a minimum of oil, just keep an oil pan or paper towels directly under your work area to catch the few drips you'll have.
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  7. what car??

    what car?? down the road

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    or you could just wait until the next oil change and take care of it then...:rofl
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  8. HeatXfer

    HeatXfer Bad knees

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    Doh!
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  9. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    You could back the bolt out far enough to wrap the top three threads several wraps of teflon tape (doubled over so it is only half the normal width).
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  10. tacosupreme

    tacosupreme Been here awhile

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    I just fixed a leak on the hydraulic cam chain tensioner on the front jug with a light coat of anti-seize. Worked great, and will hold up to the heat better than teflon tape...
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