Oil spewing from clutch adjustment screw on primary cover

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by 72Sportster, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. 72Sportster

    72Sportster New Member

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    Hello all, I'm new here and so glad I found this site! I have a 72 Sportster with a 73 Ironhead. As the subject states, oil leaks from the clutch adjuster access port. The engine han't been worked, the tranny was rebuilt last year. I'm hoping the problem is only a gasket or o-ring in the primary. Any thoughts on this? Thanks guys, ride safe

    Phil
     
  2. ultra...good

    ultra...good Banned

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    I have a 74 xl and I wrap the threads with teflon tape before putting that plug back in, and mine does not leak. Try it and see if it fixes it.
     
  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Google You can use this also most Auto supply stores carry it
     
  4. 72Sportster

    72Sportster New Member

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    Thanks, I guess I'm worried that the oil reaches up to the screw at all...is this normal for the oil to be that high in the primary? Also, I thought teflon would deteriorate if contacted with petroleum...
     
  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    The Teflon should be OK, is there an O ring on that plug seems to me there should be, the oil level should be OK IMO it has double duty in that hole it has to lube the whole primary and the tranny
     
  6. 72Sportster

    72Sportster New Member

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    I'll take the plug out and check about the o-ring...didn't even think of that little fact, so worried that something inside was/is at issue. Is the oil level that high only when running, and decreases when engine is off?
     
  7. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Oil will be splashed around by the chain and clutch hub Normal that is how it lubes are you checking it level or on kick stand that will make a huge change in the level Good Luck
     
  8. 72Sportster

    72Sportster New Member

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    i check it level...man i owe you a beer! thank you