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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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I think my Primary drain plugs keeps coming lose.....???

I just recently had a nightmare, a very expensive nightmare, of a leak on my 2010 FLTRX. The crank seal went bad and was dumping engine oil into the primary and making it leak out the stator plug. I had to have a dealer fix that during bike week.

So now, the other day, I noticed a few drops in the same area as before. My heart sank since I only have about 550 miles on it since all new engine seals. The fluid drips off the lowest torx bolt of the primary cover, the one closest to the primary drain plug.

I immediately decided to tighten he drain plug, since the dealer did it last and not me. To my surprise it actually turned about a half a turn! Then after riding it about another 60 miles, I was leaving a parking lot and noticed 3 drops on the ground there again and leaking from the same spot. I carry a cresent wrench, and again, I "think" it turned about 1/8 turn. Cant be sure if it really did or if that was wishful thinking.

I pray that its just the drainplug loosening and not a more serious issue. Between new engine seals, fluids, and a broken clutch cable I just put about $2000 into it, because I was at bike week and was at the mercy of the dealers. So I really hope its something simple. I was sure I had this leak tracked down with the new seals but now I'm worried again.

After I rode it about 25 miles back the other night, I put a shop towel under that spot and do not see any drops on it now.

Anyone have similar issues? If so was it a drain plug issue.
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Here is my thread on trying to track this leak down before.

https://www.roadglide.org/showthread.php?t=117178


I was certain I had it fixed, and still really hoping this is just a minor, unrelated issue.
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I use a small dab of Teflon Pipe Thread Sealant on the plug. If you think it's the plug, you might try it.








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That's a good idea.

Im sure the dealer changed the oring, plus I had just changed it myself right before all these issues.
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That's a good idea.

Im sure the dealer changed the oring, plus I had just changed it myself right before all these issues.

Not my idea..... my dealer has been doing that for a while. I got a free 1000 miles service thrown in with my new bike, and when I changed oil the next time, I noticed it and asked.

So now I have a bottle of Teflon goo on my bench, for fluid changes. If you get any on your fingers, you'll know why I call it goo








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Nice!

Well if this is infact the drainplug and it keeps it up, I will likely get a new drain plug, a new o-ring, and use the Teflon. I have way too much into this bike trying to make it perfect to accept a little leak of any sort.

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It's probably the tranny main shaft that is leaking. What happens is the bearing goes bad and it starts to leak. It drips down the back of the primary and drips of the primary drain plug. I have had it happen on tww different bikes both at about 50K miles.

That is what I would check for. I pull the tranny, replace the bearing and seal and put it back together.
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Im pretty sure it is not trans fluid leaking though. It is not red, and my trans fluid is red.

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It could be your primary cover gasket. I changed my tensioner and that's where mine was leaking.......right at the cover bolt closest to the drain plug.

I picked up a new gasket and when I installed it, I went thru the correct sequence at 8, then ten, then 12 ft/lbs. When I road it, there was fluid there again. I wiped it down good, check the torque (in sequence) again and that bolt was off by a little so I re-torqued and the problem is gone.


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Be careful tightening the drain plug too much you could strip the threads. If the oil leak is coming from the drain plug the threads may already be stripped and would need to be repaired. I have never had any drain plug come loose and I never used teflon tape.


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