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post #1 of 6 Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 10:22 pm Thread Starter
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Question Should I be worried?

Greetings All,

Tonight, while cleaning the rear wheel of my LT, I noticed a build up of oil/road grime around the FD drain plug. I do not rawhide my LT, but I do ride the Seirra Nevada whenever I get the chance. No visible oil on the wheel or rim. The slightest film around the fill plug. No oil of any kind on the tire. I gripped the rear tire at 12:00 & 6:00 and checked for play, but did not feel any. Tried the same at 9:00 and 3:00 an got the slightest bit of movement. No abnormal indications yesterday on a two-up ride through King's Canyon. I cleaned everything up REALLY well and will keep an eye on this area. Anything else I should be checking? Thanks.

p.s. I've got a little over 14k on the clock and all maintenance, including a 12K service, was done by my dealer.


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post #2 of 6 Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 10:59 pm
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A little seepage around the drain and fill is normal. The crush washers don't always get a perfect seal, especially if they have been re-used.

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Drain and refill if worried.
See what it looks like.

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Thanks All,

Kind of what I figured. Not REAL worried, but thought I should consult the oracle of all LT Knowledge for peace of mind. I'll just keep an eye on it for now. Cheers!


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Sound normal. Most of the drive shaft bikes I have rode will do that.

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Check the level of the gear oil by removing the fill plug and checking to make sure that fluid is at the base of the threads.

The crush washer is designed to hold the fluid in. The threads of the drain plug are aluminum and hence rather soft. If they have been tighted way beyond what they should be, it could crush the washer beyond its capacity to hold the fluid and potentially damage the threads on the FD for the drain plug.

If a dealer has done all the service, they should have replaced the crush washer when the fluid was changed. If not, that is not following standard BMW maintenance procedure. My first inclination would be to check with the dealer to see if there is a record of whether the crush washer was replaced or reused.

If you replace the crush washer and refill the FD oil, it may resolve the weeping. If so, you are home free. If not, the responsibility should be on the dealer.
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