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Old 10-19-2010, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil Leak

Picture is of an oil leak i recently discovered. It is leaking very heavily, i cleaned it all off and then went for a 1 mile ride and it looked like this. The oil fill cap is just outside of the frame on the right.

I know it could be many things but I'm hoping that someone will recognize an apparent problem. I felt and looked above this spot for broken or punctured lines and found nothing, so I assume it must me coming from the seal that can be seen in the picture. Would that be just a broken seal or maybe a blown head gasket? See what you think... It's my '05 Rancher AT 400.

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Old 10-19-2010, 05:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry mods, didn't mean to post three of these. If you delete two of them please keep this one up.
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just looks like the base gasket under the cylinder is leaking, to me.
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Which means what? Just an inexpensive gasket to replace? How in depth would replacing that be?
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You have to pull the valve cover, head, and cylinder off to replace it.
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Thanks, ill try to look into that.
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The oil that gets pumped to the top of the engine goes up through that front bolt hole, around the bolt. That's probably why it's leaking so fast.
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Alright thanks. I should be able to tear into it Saturday.
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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look like a leaking base gasket..replace it..easy fix.
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Just be careful of the oil rings taking them out and back in. Also I had to adjust the valves when I took mine apart. You might or might not have to do that. You will know when you crank it back up
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