Using oil is it normal

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by kevinharley2011, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. kevinharley2011

    kevinharley2011 New Member

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    Hi I am rideing a 2011 ultra classic 96 ci it has 4500 miles on it, have been using harley full syn sence it was new had oil and all survices done at 1000 miles sence then I have had to add half quart of oil twice is this normal or something I need to worry about. (no leaks in on garage floor) thanks kevin
     
  2. nfusion

    nfusion Active Member

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    i have owned 5 harleys since 07 and never added oil to any of them between oil changes that sound like some thing going on
     
  3. kevinharley2011

    kevinharley2011 New Member

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    No oil in air filter at all bike runs great so I guess I will keep a close watch on it after next change in 500 miles thanks
     
  4. DFHarley19

    DFHarley19 Active Member

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    Something is wrong since there are no in air filter. Wondering where did the one quart oil go? :small3d031:
     
  5. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I agree, if it's not over full you got a issue.
     
  6. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    When you change the oil on the next service try putting 1/2qt less in. Check the level after 300-400mi and see if it is low.
     
  7. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    NO, that much oil is not normal.

    If you are not Over Filling?

    Check the oil HOT right after a run. That will tell you truthfull level.

    It could be bad valve seals causing this oil consumption...

    How is the compression?

    Does it Smoke a little... Synthetic oil is hard to see IF burning in a small amount. (even harleys) :p

    Look at the plugs and see IF one is wet with oil or Black from burning it. For you at home, this might be a good place to start.

    IF under Warranty, take it in to the HD shop and keep the Dates and Miles and Amounts of Oil you have added...

    HD used to have an amount of oil Needed for using Before they would do anything about.

    Long ago 00 FXDS bike, used a lot of oil,,, Nothing being done so I tore it apart to find the valve seals loose One totally off and the others Loosely, finger tight.

    The did the new seals but I never got any compensation for the apart and together..

    From that time on, I have Done My Own Work... :53::53::53::53::53:

    signed....BUBBIE

    IF all you have used is a quart in 4500 miles?????????
     
  8. kdaddy

    kdaddy Active Member

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    I had oil usage in a brand new GMC truck. It was using 1 qt between changes.
    I took it for a 500 mile trip and drove the (EDIT) out of it. ( it was under warranty HA HA ) It never used oil again even at 318,000 mile it was leak free and never used a drop. Point being,, Everything needs to be broken in and seated. I prefer to do that with dino oil and switch to synthetic afterwards. my 2 cents

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  9. Fritz

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    Owner manaul states that usage is in normal range.
     
  10. 60wt

    60wt New Member

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    I wonder if running dino oil for a few thousand miles would help seat the rings better, if thats what it needs????