sportster oil level

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by drbeard, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. drbeard

    drbeard Member

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    checked and filled my oil (05 883) as per handbook,rode about 10 miles
    and had oil leaking from oil tank filler,should i be checking the oil with
    bike upright?
     
  2. kennyw

    kennyw Active Member

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    hi
    always check mine hot & on side stand as per clymer w/shop manual
     
  3. drbeard

    drbeard Member

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    cheers guys,guess i over-filled it!thats what your get for riding
    jap bikes for 35 years!
     
  4. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    drbeard if the bike was sitting for a while some oil might have sump into the engine then if you topped it off before running, went for a ride the extra oil could have pumped back into your oil bag causing a over fill condition, maybe the cap was not on correctly, and there is a difference between hot & cold oil level. Also when you do a oil change the 05 manual calls for 3.6 qts. and I think that was wrong, I think it's only about 3 qts and just add 2.5 qts, at time of change, warm engine fully on a test ride then recheck and top off (on side stand) just below full line, it is also good to add 4oz of oil to the new oil filter before installing.
    I'm sure if it was leaking from the fill spout it was over filled.
    Checking Oil With Cold Engine
    1. Position motorcycle so that it is leaning on jiffy stand.
    2. Remove filler cap. See Removing and Replacing Oil
    Filler Cap above. Wipe attached dipstick clean. Reinstall
    oil filler cap in tank.
    3. Remove oil filler cap again and check oil level on dipstick.
    Dipstick has two marks. If oil level is at or
    below lower mark, add only enough oil to bring the
    level to a point between the two arrows on the dipstick.
    Replace filler cap.
    Checking Oil With Warm Engine
    1. Run engine until engine oil is at normal operating temperature.
    Turn engine off.
    2. Position motorcycle so that it is leaning on jiffy stand.
    3. Remove filler cap. See Removing and Replacing Oil
    Filler Cap above. Wipe attached dipstick clean. Reinstall
    oil filler cap in tank.
    4. Remove filler cap again and check warm oil level on dipstick.
    Dipstick has two marks. If oil level
    in tank is at or below lower mark, add one quart (0.946
    liter) of Harley-Davidson oil to tank. Replace filler cap.
    5. If you added oil in step 4, remove filler cap and verify correct
    engine oil level in oil tank. Do not fill oil tank to the
    level above upper mark on dipstick. Replace filler cap
     
  5. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    One other thing, don't forget to check the neoprene hoses and fittings to the oil tank, as well as the external oiling lines near the lower frame...low maintenance does not mean "neglect 'em"...! :s
     
  6. drbeard

    drbeard Member

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    thanks chopper,will check again when engine is cold!
     
  7. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    Me too, I think it was 04 when they went rubber mount and the engines got that Buell technology thrown in the mix they changed from upright to side stand oil checks. Also seen a few new bikes come from the factory with the plastic oil bag seam leaking like you taked about.
     
  8. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    drbeard, the most accurate oil check is with the engine fully warm at operating temp and keep the level a touch below the full mark.
     
  9. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Quite honestly, never cared for "plastic" oil bag...probably expensive, but does someone make a better heavier duty one...just a mental thing, as it was so refreshing to ride a bike with more "mettle per cubic inch" than metrics!:D
     
  10. Ellemae

    Ellemae New Member

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    Is this info the same for older bikes, mine is a 99.?
    Not showing on the stick when I check it cold.