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    My 08 fuelie has 52K miles. I just changed my Mobile 1 10-40 synthetic MC oil at 5K miles. I put four quarts in last time and could only get 3.25 out today. It’s not leaking...must be burning it. Should I be concerned?

  • #2
    I never get more than 3 qts back either.
    Not sure if We should be concerned. But I Do try to check the level
    every so often to make sure it doesn't get Too low.

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    • #3
      Doesn't the oil filter hold some of the oil in it so you'll never get out what you put in?
      2012 Road Star Silverado S

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      • #4
        Oil filter holds quite a bit did you drain that properly? Also there's going to be a loyal trapped in the filter media that you cannot get out I would say 3 and 1/4 quarts plus the oil filter is about right for four quarts. I don't think he's motors burn much oil at all.
        "I'm Ricky Bobby. If you don't chew Big Red.....then Fuck You"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lug Nut View Post
          Oil filter holds quite a bit did you drain that properly? Also there's going to be a loyal trapped in the filter media that you cannot get out I would say 3 and 1/4 quarts plus the oil filter is about right for four quarts. I don't think he's motors burn much oil at all.
          Duh! You’re right! I didn’t think of the filter. I drained most out of it, but like you say, the element will retain some.

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          • #6
            Your not getting old are you Steve? Forgetting things? Need another ride to clear your mind.
            It's not that life is so short, it's just that you're dead for so long.---unknown.

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            • #7
              Oil left in filter....oil in drain pan that doesn't come out easily....I would try changing oil at 3k or 4k just to see if you get a different amount next time.
              "I'm Ricky Bobby. If you don't chew Big Red.....then Fuck You"

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              • #8
                I had a similar, and weird, experience this spring. First time I ever measured what came out... Got little more than 3 qts from the first; but filled the jug right to the very top, 4 qts. plus, from the second bike, and I KNOW I only pour in from out of 1 4qt jug the spring before.... I'm going to have to keep that bike... By golly, IT MAKES OIL!!!

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                • #9
                  Bear in mind, you also have “cook off” of the base stocks at the exhaust side of the heads on a constant basis, where the oil is evaporated and goes out the vent. Can’t be avoided, especially on air cooled engines. You lose around 10% of your volume right there, even with the high thermal stability of synthetic base stocks. There is ALWAYS some cook off at the cylinder wall to oil ring as well. I wouldn’t be concerned.


                  Wherever you go in life, ride there if at all possible.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jd750ace View Post
                    Bear in mind, you also have “cook off” of the base stocks at the exhaust side of the heads on a constant basis, where the oil is evaporated and goes out the vent. Can’t be avoided, especially on air cooled engines. You lose around 10% of your volume right there, even with the high thermal stability of synthetic base stocks. There is ALWAYS some cook off at the cylinder wall to oil ring as well. I wouldn’t be concerned.
                    JD, you’re always good for some great technical details. Thanks!

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                    • #11
                      Let's have a Barbecue with a cook-off?
                      Steve you bring the beer and girls with your bike pole.

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                      • Doc_V
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                        I'll bring the Cheddar Brats as long as Mikey brings his Pineapple Teriyaki burgers... DAMN those were good! Mikey, will you ship those bad boys? [hard to believe it's been almost a year]

                      • cike
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                        WHAT?? Pineapple Teriyaki burgers???? where was I? and why wasn't I invited.... traitors.

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