Burnt electrical smell when changed primary oil

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by orange68, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. orange68

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    Last week, a friend and I changed the oil on a 2000 road king and noticed a smell from the primary oil. Not sure what type oil was previously used but the used oil and a burnt electrical smell. Everything electricalal on the bike works good, but have never smelled this before. We replaced this old oil with HD primary +. Any ideas what that smell could have been?????
     
  2. glider

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    Usually with the burnt smell in the primary oil, a stator replacement isn't far off.
     
  3. Fritz

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    Could be just the oil doing it's job cooling the clutch & rest of the primary.Orange, you didn't say how long between changes.
     
  4. orange68

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    Thanks for the quich reply: Is this something that needs to be changed out or just wait until it goes out? Everything electrically is working fine right now.

    Changes have been every 3,000 miles by dealer.
     
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  5. glider

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    Once you get the burnt smell, it isn't long before the problem itself surfaces in the stator. I would go ahead and change the stator and regulator too. Usually by changing one part, the other follows soon after and sometimes causes a problem with the new part you just installed.

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  6. orange68

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    Have not checked charging system, but sounds like we need to.
     
  7. orourcs

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    How much does it usually cost for these replacements?

    Some of the synthetic oils have a weird odor. Could it be something that simple?
     
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  9. Fritz

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    Every 3k sounds good for engine oil,primary is every 10k on my 10 RG.Clutch slippage (every day use,starting out from a stop etc..) could account for a burnt smell.But,do a charging system check like posted here.
     
  10. glider

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    Usually NOT! If it's a burnt smell, it's usually the stator on it's way out.