clutch/tran issue after oil change

Discussion in 'Transmission' started by hogsolo, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. hogsolo

    hogsolo Member

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    T MAY JUST BE A COINCIDENCE, BUT...
    I changed my engine oil mysef this time around ( 08 Nightster) with recommended 20-50w. Whatever oil was in there before was whatever standard oil the dealers had put in.
    Now I have issues getting into neutral, sometiems it goes past 1st->2nd or 2nd->1st, or sometimes I cant shift at all. If I move the bike a bit I can then get into N.
    Also, after this oil change, the motor sounds very different. I don'nt think there's anything broken, but can a heavier weight oil cause clutch/shifting problems?

    thanks
     
  2. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    now you only changed the engine oil right? would have nothing to do with clutch or tanns.. or did you change it to ?
     
  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    What did you drain, the oil or the primary
     
  4. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Hogsolo, welcome to the HDForum and your first post. May want to retrace your steps changing the oil or the tranny on your Nightster (if similar to Sportster I believe)...look into this extract from the Self Help Tips section:

    http://www.hdtalking.com/archive/index.php/t-3132.html

    Engine Oil Change: FYI, may want to fabricate an oil filter drainage try to prevent spilling all over the engine motor mount and garage floor.

    http://www.linson.us/harleydavidson/sportsters/bertshowto/berts_how_tos_oilchange.htm

    Tranny, Clutch, Primary Case:

    http://www.harleydavidsonmaintenance.com/sportster-transmission-oil.html
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2010
  5. lowrider13

    lowrider13 Active Member

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    Did you change the tranny instead of engine. On my dyna you think where the oil plug should be is actualy the tranny plug.Do you have a manual?
     
  6. hogsolo

    hogsolo Member

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    It was the engine oil I changed. There's a drain plug/tube under the motor, it's pretty straightforward.

    I THOUGHT the Nightster had a wet clutch that fed off the engine oil, but I could be incorrect.
     
  7. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    YOU ARE! WRONG that is.

    get your manual out and it will give you the answers READ IT FIRST before you do the EASY TO DO THINGS...


    LOOK under self help and it will ALSO answer most of the questions you have.

    WHEN YOU SAY,"It's pretty straightforward" BE CAREFUL cause it MAY NOT BE THAT WAY!!!

    There are MORE than one drain plug on my bike,,,UNDER the MOTOR.


    welcome........... read, ask and learn.

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  8. dbinbc

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    The Nightster has 2 oils just like Hobbit said. The engine is stand alone with its own oil that is stored up in the tank by the right side of the seat and is drained out underneath just in front of the back wheel via the little rubber hose. The primary and tranny share 1 qt of oil (preferably the Fromula +) and it is drained out the bottom of the primary case through the bolt drain hole.
     
  9. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Hogsolo, if its like the Sportster, you unclipped the oil drain hose and removed the end stopper and drained the Engine oil only.

    You did not touch either the "hex nut/allen" primary chain adjuster, or the "trans/primary/clutch drain plug which tread into the tranny/case housing...correct? :coffee

     
  10. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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