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  • Hello from Michigan

    I'm new here to Road Star Clinic and hoping someone may be able to help me figure out my problem. I could write a long explanation but I start with a shorter version. I've owned my 2005 RS Silverado 1700 for 5 years with no problems at all. This problem started last year after changing the oil and not immediately. I started noticing a small spot of oil under the left side after bike sat following any ride. So checking the oil level as you are supposed to I added oil. This persisted throughout a month or so.I removed the air cleaner housing and started the engine. Oil was coming out of the breather tube from the rear cylinder to the air cleaner housing. I started researching and was unable to come up with any pertinent info. I decided to drain the oil and replaced the filter and to my dismay 8 qts of oil drained out. And yes I drained both the crankcase and the reservoir. So I refilled according to directions and still had the same situation. I have more info if anyone has any ideas. Just thought I would start with this.
    Hope to get to enjoy this forum and lend advice for anyone in need.

  • #2
    Never check the oil with the dipstick and never add oil. just add four quarts and ride it until it's time to change it again. You were obviously blowing oil out the rear valve cover your other leak is likely from behind the primary drive pulley.

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    • #3
      I've always had oil on the dipstick prior to this. The oil that was dripping came from the air filter housing and crossed over to the left side as the bike leaned that way on the side stand.

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      • #4
        You have no leak, it's just got too much oil in it. It's gotta go somewhere!

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        • #5
          I see you are from Westland Mi. I just moved to Toledo from Westland where I lived for over 40 years. I was at Joy/Merriman I've been here about 4 years now. I am also a retired Mechanic.
          These guys gave you good info on the leak. That hose is usually rerouted to up under the tank with a breather element on the end or down and to the ground . There is a special procedure to check the oil so no one checks it. We all put 4 qts in at the oil change and forget about it. These things don't leak or use oil in between changes. except out of that tube if they are overfilled. It has a semi dry sump and the oil in the tank will never be the same when you check it unless you follow the procedure.
          Here is the procedure, Watch the video and you will understand why we don't bother checking it.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjG18WGbHMg

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          • #6
            Thanks Davej. I myself have been a mechanic for 34 years, although in the diesel truck field. Have been riding for longer. I do understand the procedure for checking the oil level. I just never had this situation for the 4 prior years of owning this bike. I've spent a lot of time researching the oil flow of the RS and have had concerns about the double sided oil pump. Specifically the scavenger side that returns the oil to the reservoir.

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            • #7
              By the way Davej I'm near Cherry Hill and John Hix.

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              • davej
                davej commented
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                My MIL used to live in the 2nd house on Hix South of Cherry Hill. Across from the 711. I retired from Metro Airport Authority. I worked in the Equipment Repair Div.

            • #8
              What Dave said, from Plano Texas.

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              • #9
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                • #10
                  from Athens, Georgia.
                  8 qts ? !
                  Holy crap !
                  Don't do that again.
                  I love the smell of smoked pork in the morning !

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                    • #12
                      and the manual is still wrong on the amount of oil just put 4 qts in and forget about the other .3qts.


                      im in michigan as well. harrison township right by metro beach
                      my Wallet is Getting dangerously close to spontaneous combustion

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                      • #13
                        Welcome! The guys here always have great information and tips. Been learning a lot about my bike here.

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                        • #14
                          . From the Four Corners area, northwest New Mexico.

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                          • #15
                            fromConway, SC
                            I will not apologize for being white, being straight or for loving this country.

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                            • #16
                              from beautiful Burketon, Ontario...Ace

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                              • #17
                                from Solon, IA

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                                • #18
                                  From Madera,Ca.

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