Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Eastern Washington, , USA
Short story long... before I took off on a 5k, 7 state, 1 province run last month I noticed a lot of grunge on the pan area and signs of oil leakage. Because nothing was dripping and the direction of the spread I figured that I misaligned or slightly skewed the filter cover o-ring. I changed the oil in prep for the trip and off we went. I was getting new tires front and rear in Loveland, CO (GREAT dealership) and asked them to look things over and they said it was great underneath, and I had about 3200-3500 miles on the oil then (don't normally change until 5k). Leaving South Dakota into Wyoming I noticed signs of some oil again at the housing with a small single drip formed. I wiped it off and since we were kind of headed home decided to watch it. The next 4 days I would find some slight spread and a single small drip (who needs a weep hole :P ) and made it home fine. Since I took a bullseye rock to the headlamp (don't put it off and buy that $25 cover off ebay) and broke a mirror in Breckenridge, CO in a pothole tank trap (it was strapped, it broke the pin spring on the front as the back broke loose and twisted the front before letting go) and had all the upper tupperware off to get to the lamp, I decided to remove the lower TW and get a better look. I ran the engine up to temp to change the oil and low and behold, a dip formed at the intermediate housing join after I shut it off. Not being a happy camper, I cleaned it all off again and changed the oil, tightened all to specs, ran the bike up to temp and shut it down to leave it overnight to see how much would form/drip.
Now I'm sure I have the beginnings of a main seal leak as it was motor oil leaking, although I am a little miffed as this was done 3 years and 38,000 miles ago by a dealer (hahaha, listen to me... 38k and I'm complaining) but the $65 question is "can fresh oil refresh a seal and prevent it from leaking"? I mean, if my solution for now is to change the oil more often then I am game as I am not keen on doing my first seal replacement without some experienced help close by (bored these days Loren?). I have heard of seal softener, but anyone really had success with this stuff? I hate to pay a dealer to do it (again), but guess I would if I had no other option. I am too emotionally invested in the riding pleasure of this bike to go to anything else, and it would be another BMW if I did, so let me know what you think about seal softeners and such as I try to keep "Mistress" moving along for another 87,000 miles.
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