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Oil Leaking from Rear Wheel Drive Clamping Strap

Just bought a 2001 LT-Icon with just under 42K miles, and have noticed a small oil leak from the rear wheel drive clamping strap. Picture shows oil that accumulated in a day of 250 mile riding - not much but significant. Need a bit of guidance re its repair.

First question, the obvious, would I be able to tighten the clamping strap screw enough to stop the leak?

Second, since I plan to inspect the rear brakes (taking off the caliper) soon, I though it would be a good time to remove the rear wheel drive to get at the oil leak. Does that make sense? Should I plan to remove the flexible gaiter and re-coat with a sealant (Staburags NBU 30 PTM according to the LT Repair Manual pg 33-21)?

Would appreciate your thoughts.

Dan

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post #2 of 3 Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 5:23 pm
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That is a not uncommon leaking pinion seal in the final drive. It is not something that is an indicator of a probable failure, and can be pretty much ignored except for the external oil on your bike and garage floor. If you want it stopped, the dealer can replace that seal. Proably 3-4 hours labor. Part is not expensive.

Tightening the boot clamp will not do anything, and it is better to have the oil leak out than build up in the boot and get beat around by the universal joint in there.

If you ever see the crown gear seal leaking though (right behind the wheel), that is reason to stop riding right then and there and get the final drive repaired/replaced.

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Lightbulb one of two seal leaking, I suspect.

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Just bought a 2001 LT-Icon with just under 42K miles, and have noticed a small oil leak from the rear wheel drive clamping strap. Picture shows oil that accumulated in a day of 250 mile riding - not much but significant. Need a bit of guidance re its repair.

First question, the obvious, would I be able to tighten the clamping strap screw enough to stop the leak?

Second, since I plan to inspect the rear brakes (taking off the caliper) soon, I though it would be a good time to remove the rear wheel drive to get at the oil leak. Does that make sense? Should I plan to remove the flexible gaiter and re-coat with a sealant (Staburags NBU 30 PTM according to the LT Repair Manual pg 33-21)?

Would appreciate your thoughts.

Dan

PS - I have tried to insert two pictures in this, hope they come thru. If not will try again.

[IMG]Pictures showing source of oil leak[/IMG][IMG][/IMG]
Dan,

Not seriuos right now.

Don't tighten the strap. That isn't your problem. There should be no oil in there.

You either have a rear seal in your tranny leaking or the forward one in your FD unit. Not serious enough to stop riding, but at your next service( dealer) have them investigate to see which seal is leaking.

My .02 worth. Some expert may have another opinion!

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