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post #1 of 10 Old Jun 10th, 2009, 7:08 pm Thread Starter
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Unhappy 05 K1200 LT transmission seal leak

I have a 2005 LT. Bought it used with only 3000 miles. I now have 11,000. The bike has been only serviced by the dealer and at proper intervals. According to the dealership's lead mechanic, a slight leak has developed under the cowling. They believe it could be either transmission seals and/or a final drive seal leak. Worst case, it could be a $1000 repair (almost all labor). Mechanic indicated that is the leak becomes significant enough the clutch operation will be adversely affected. It is of course, no longer under warranty. I did not buy an extended warranty when I bought it from the dealership. After all, aren't BMW's supposed to be engineered to the highest of standards?

I am very disappointed. A BMW that has been properly maintained and ridden very conservatively should not have seal problems in my judgement at 11000 miles.

Has anyone else out there had this experience?
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post #2 of 10 Old Jun 10th, 2009, 7:18 pm
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Re: 05 K1200 LT transmission seal leak

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Worst case, it could be a $1000 repair (almost all labor). Mechanic indicated that is the leak becomes significant enough the clutch operation will be adversely affected. After all, aren't BMW's supposed to be engineered to the highest of standards?

I am very disappointed. A BMW that has been properly maintained and ridden very conservatively should not have seal problems in my judgement at 11000 miles.

Has anyone else out there had this experience?
Yes - Rear Main Seal is a problem with these bikes (as I learned at great personal expense this year.... more than 3 times your quote but included other items due to higher mileage) and dealer is NOT exaggerating that leaving it unchecked can add a great deal to your cost to repair if your clutch is fouled with a fluid of some sort.

Get it fixed and if they advise you to do the clutch when they're in there DO IT ... because if they put it back together and it starts slipping, they have to split the bike in two again to fix that ....... at a similar cost to the first repair.

Just like everything else in this world, BMW K1200LT has some "flat spots" .... rear main seal, clutch, final drive and low speed handling ..... other than that, it's an amazing piece of machinery.

Fix it and get back on and enjoy it. Least that's my 2 cents worth .....

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Re: 05 K1200 LT transmission seal leak

Keir,

Thanks for your response. Much appreciated.
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Re: 05 K1200 LT transmission seal leak

Hello nhk1200lt

My 99LT was leaking from the back of the trans up around the starter / reverse gear box area could not see exact location . PO was using synthetic lube changed to Citco GL5 petro. has stopped for 3 years , guess I have dodged the bullet for a while maybe longer.
Shifting is a little stiff during first few miles in 20 deg F mornings .

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Re: 05 K1200 LT transmission seal leak

I feel your pain David.My '03 LT-s clutch started slipping a 2 weeks ago at 9200 miles.Probably rear main seal went out and when the oil reaches the clutch plate...well,its too late.$1500 - 1700 dealers estimate,but where's the fun in that?
Thankfully to many LT owner's posts (detailed description and photos) on this forum,I'm about to take the bike apart and replace most of the seals while it's all taken apart.Maybe you can do it as well if you like being challenged,plus you will get to know her inside-out.Do some research on this forum to see how many of us have experienced such leaks!Fix it or get it fixed and go ride some more!
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Re: 05 K1200 LT transmission seal leak

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Yes - Rear Main Seal is a problem with these bikes (as I learned at great personal expense this year.... more than 3 times your quote but included other items due to higher mileage) and dealer is NOT exaggerating that leaving it unchecked can add a great deal to your cost to repair if your clutch is fouled with a fluid of some sort.

Get it fixed and if they advise you to do the clutch when they're in there DO IT ... because if they put it back together and it starts slipping, they have to split the bike in two again to fix that ....... at a similar cost to the first repair.

Just like everything else in this world, BMW K1200LT has some "flat spots" .... rear main seal, clutch, final drive and low speed handling ..... other than that, it's an amazing piece of machinery.

Fix it and get back on and enjoy it. Least that's my 2 cents worth .....

Best Regards,
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+1 on what he said.

Same happened to my well-ridden '03, didn't get the clutch but I had the dealership replace the clutch anyway once they replaced the tranny seals. Ain't cheap, but these things do happen.

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Re: 05 K1200 LT transmission seal leak

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After all, aren't BMW's supposed to be engineered to the highest of standards?

I am very disappointed. A BMW that has been properly maintained and ridden very conservatively should not have seal problems in my judgement at 11000 miles.

Has anyone else out there had this experience?
First of let me start by saying sorry you're having a negative experience
with what is in my opinion the best motorcycle I've ever owned.
And you are correct a bike with that low of mileage should not have a seal leaking.

You should also consider that a four or five year old bike (depending upon when it was purchased)
with only 3 thousand miles has mostly been "sitting around"

and anything mechanical will deteriorate if it isn't used,
seals are made from rubber, rubber dries out and gets hard unless "exercised"

Get it fixed and ride it and I think you'll learn to love this bike!


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post #8 of 10 Old Jul 20th, 2010, 9:08 am
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Re: 05 K1200 LT transmission seal leak

Well I too am having this issue at 24k miles on my 05. I have a 3rd party ext. warranty. It is covered as well as the clutch if it is damaged. But they are saying it would have been $2500 job. Bike has been down for a month while the dealer and warranty co. went back and forth and argued..

Also, radio went and kick stand needs alot of help to get all the way up...both of thsoe are not covered..radio was $915 with labor..no way so I did not even ask about the stand...I can assist it for now..still young enough for that
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Also, radio went and kick stand needs alot of help to get all the way up...both of thsoe are not covered..radio was $915 with labor..no way so I did not even ask about the stand...I can assist it for now..still young enough for that

Kick Stand or center stand? Are you referring to the side stand as some call it. If it is that and not the power center stand, there is a needle style grease fitting on the hinge that may take care of that problem.

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Kick Stand or center stand? Are you referring to the side stand as some call it. If it is that and not the power center stand, there is a needle style grease fitting on the hinge that may take care of that problem.
Sorry, Center Stand. it works, but I have to "assist" it to finish doing the job. It gets the bike about 70% of the way up but does not have the power to finish the job so I pull it while its working and the bike goes up.
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