Over full oil tank FLSTSI?

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by springer03, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. springer03

    springer03 Active Member

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    Pondering a puzzlement? I will never over fill the tank and I will always keep the oil at the proper level with that said here are my questions. There are two lines coming out of my oil tank on 2003 Heritage Softtail Springer. These lines are for siphoning the oil out and for returning the oil to the tank. The engine only takes the amount of oil that is needed to lubricate and cool the engine (a preset amount of oil). I know that one is not supposed to over fill the tank. My question is what harm can it do to over fill the tank? The pump only takes out what it puts back and there is always the same amount of oil circulating in the engine regardless of the amount in the tank (as long as there is enough oil in the tank). I know I am wrong somewhere in my thinking but I cannot figure out how it can harm the engine.
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  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    With an overfull oil tank, the breather in the tank is submerged and the pump cannot scavenge the oil from the engine properly and it ends up coming out the vents into the air filter.
     
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Make that more like launching the cap.:D
     
  4. springer03

    springer03 Active Member

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    Thanks guys! I had that question ask of me today. I knew what would happen and I just assumed other riders knew also. The friend was over and I was helping change his oil and lube his bike when he ask me that. I really wanted to see the answers I would get. Told him about this site and told him he could ask any question without fear of being belittled for doing so. Thanks again! Springer03

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