oil stick shooting out of Sportster

Discussion in 'Oil' started by Choppers1972, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. Choppers1972

    Choppers1972 New Member

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    I have a 2003 sportster 883 and I recently did an oil change and a few days later i was letting the bike warm up for a min came back outside and the oil stick shot right out of the bike, sounded like a gun going off, I drained some of the oil out, and it seemed to take care of the problem until the other day i was riding at about 40mph and it did it again. I am getting back pressure in the oil tank somehow would anyone have any idea what could be causing it?
     
  2. Crazyfrog

    Crazyfrog Active Member

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    I had one (an 03' 1200) that did the same thing. It was under warranty, so I took it in and they changed the "Umbrella valves", whatever that is. It would build up oil pressure and also spew it out the air cleaner. Even blew the seal out of the oil sending unit on the bottom front of the motor.
     
  3. Choppers1972

    Choppers1972 New Member

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    Were are the umbrella valves located is that part of the oil pump? i drained out most of oil a bit ago and it still did it.. im wondering if my pump went out, cause it dont look like oil is circulating in the tank
     
  4. jel123

    jel123 Active Member

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    if you just changed the oil and that is when this started i would look real close at the oil filter,jel
     
  5. Crazyfrog

    Crazyfrog Active Member

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    Sorry, I don't know where they are.
     
  6. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    Assuming a Harley engine is like any motor I have ever tore down I think crazyfrog is referring to the valve seals.Generally there are two types an o-ring seal and an umbrella seal,the umbrella seal is the better of the two as oil sloshing around in the valve cover will wash over it and cascade away from the valve and guide.Usually if the umbrella seal is shot it will allow oil to seep down the valve stem and you will get a puff of blue smoke at start-up
     
  7. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    the umbrella valves are located in the middle rocker cover
    i believe they are part of the venting system and if they stick the crank case pressure can not be relived
    a build up of crank case pressure can be pushed to the oil tank through the oil tank vent pipe which is connected to the crankcase

    so if i had your problem id start by replacing the umbrella valves there are 2 in each middle rocker cover

    Brian
     
  8. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    Thanks fin,I told you I know about automotive engines,V-8 is my specialty HD is just a bit different of a beast
     
  9. jel123

    jel123 Active Member

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    Unless that bike is smoking bad on startup or decell i can,t see the seals being the problem when it showed up after an oil change make sure you used the right oil filter if its not flowing right back pressure will occur and your oil bag will be were its going to occur,jel
     
  10. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Haven't had any problems with mine but have read about a lot of problems with them
    they are just a rubber flap valve and if the rubber hardens they don't flap open
    Ive always checked mine any time i have the rocker covers off
    and I'm always stripping one of the bikes however since yesterday i have all 3 working and usable

    Brian