Early sign of rearend failure?
I have noticed a small amount wetness (oily) on the underside of the rear drive at the dust cover boot. Not a drip but more of a weeping condition that when combined with the normal road dirt and grime, it appears wet.
Truth be told, if I had been washing the bike regularly I dont think I would have noticed it.
Today I removed the clamp from the dust cover (it wasnt loose but as soon as I touched it with a screw driver it was). Oil did not pour out as I feared, in fact nothing actually dripped out. I pulled the dust cover back and looked in as best I could and did not see any oil pooling in the low spot but when I stuck my finger in it came out moist. Not dripping but enough that I could tell when I rubbed my fingers together there was some oil in there. There was no noticeable odor.
Should I be concerned?
Btw, the bike is a '04 and has 52K on it.