oil return line rusty

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by sonderkind88, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. sonderkind88

    sonderkind88 Member

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    pulled my oil return line last night for the first time and inside the bag is all rusty after the line came out there was a o ring kinda half in half out of the hole so i picked it out and checked the manuel turns out there are two o rings and a spacer in there i got the spacer out but the last o ring is rusted in place needles to say i am concerned i want to change my oil but i dont want to end up pushing the o ring into my oil bag also whats up with the rust???
    any help is appreciated
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    More than likely the oil hasn't been warmed up sufficiently to burn off the condensation in the oil. (Short rides)
     
  3. sonderkind88

    sonderkind88 Member

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    well i have had the bike for a while and i ride it alot and my oil temp stays up around 250 i even checked the temp/oil plugs acuracy with a candy thermometer. The stealership says its normal well rust doesn't seem normal especialy where my oil is kept. I am not sure what to do about it stealership says i can put up with it or have them replace the tank. I have access to rust nutralizer so i could rub some of that around the hole. i dont want rust geting in my oil and i sure cant afford to put a new oil tank on it...

    so?? a litle rust is ok or not?
     
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  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    NOT.

    It's like ground glass in your shorts.:laugh
     
  5. sonderkind88

    sonderkind88 Member

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    not sure what to do at this point is anyone else experiencing this
     
  6. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Instead of pondering the answer, remove the tank and clean out the rust and be done with the problem.
     
  7. geezer

    geezer Senior Member Contributor

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    I think the rust is from washing the bike or driving in the rain. The little chrome cover on the oil line certainly isn't water proof and a bit of moisture may get in there. My tank fitting where the line comes in also has it but nothing inside the tank or return line so I haven't been bothered to worry about the bit of rust in the inlet fitting. JMHO
     
  8. sonderkind88

    sonderkind88 Member

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    Thanks for your input and time. Just to be clear there is no rust in the tank or line just the inlet fitting