Riding with 2 quarts only

Discussion in 'Engine, Fuel and Exhaust' started by fabrozor, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. fabrozor

    fabrozor Active Member

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    Hi,

    Today i checked my engine oil level after 1100 miles.
    I had a valve stem seal leakage, i needed to add 1 quart, that means i rode with only 2 quarts 1100 miles long.
    The oil red light did not lighted up.
    Do you think the engine suffered of this ???

    Thanks.
     
  2. ultrat

    ultrat Senior Member Contributor

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    Personally i think engine ok..
     
  3. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

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    Most likely no, I find with a oil temp gage you would see a higher then normal oil temperture.
    kemo
     
  4. Hoople

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    I'm not an engine guy but I agree that your probably OK.
     
  5. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    And just remember IT didn't All come out at one time. a leak takes time to lose oil.

    You should be fine running two quarts and the 1 quart low won't hurt a thing but if Hot Out it will shorten the Life of the 2 quarts left in the bike if the oil ran hotter than 240*.

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  6. fabrozor

    fabrozor Active Member

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    Thank you for your answers guys, that removes a little stress from my head.
     
  7. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    I can remember a friend riding a rat Shovel head for 20 miles with no oil, it locked up tighter than dicks hat band, evos and twin cams are a bit more forgiving , 2 qts should be O K till you can top off or change JMO
     
  8. FishHunter

    FishHunter Active Member

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    Saw an Evo engine that ran 1/4 of the summer as the owner hooked the oil lines up wrong. Only oil the clys were getting was the splash oil in the cases.
    When it was brought in, it had "aluminum mud" for oil. Still ran.:)
    Scott
     
  9. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    The key here is the dry sump oil tank method of lubrication is that running low as long as the oil tank or oil pump do not cavitate air to maintain oil pressure...you will be fine. The HD is a pretty robust design with no need for oil splash lubrication as in cars and truck wet sump oiling systems of old.
     
  10. bobwire

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    i had no probs with mine..................bw