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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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1 Quart is acceptable loss in 1k

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So up here in Minnesota the riding season has been some what spuratik since out huge load of snow in April and now the flooding. I have managed to get a little over 2k on the bike since I purchased it. Sorry 2018 RGU. I have had a faint smell of burning oil from day 1. I was very surprise that I was below the add line on the dip stick after 500 miles. When I took it in for its 1k service I was told that it is normal on the new M8 that you could burn 1 Quart after 1k of travel, Everything is normal....but I still have the burning smell and I continue to go thru oil. Am I riding the bike too hard ?? I call B>S> on the dealer explanation. My wife rides a 2017 street glide special with a M8 and has none of this trouble. Whats Up...
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Doesnít sound right to me. Iíd head to another dealer if your guys wonít do more.
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I think that might be the solution unless everyone tell me the same thing..

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I think a quart in 1K was acceptable on V8 rebuild with cast iron rings in 1977. on a 21st century brand new M8, I'd say it's beyond excessive. I'd go to another dealer, and stay on them. something is wrong big time.

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If I go through 5 quarts of oil I that I had to add over 5000 miles with an oil change that takes 4 quarts, I would have to ask the dealership should I just skip the oil changes and just change the filter every so often? That would be a pia for me to have to add that much oil. I think most manufacturers calculate a ridiculous “standard” oil use rate to reduce claims. I would not settle for that. Hopefully it may settle out after getting fully broken in, but not really sure����
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I agree with RonC26 but my first step would be to call the MOCO to explain my concerns and get a case number


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Claiming that using 5 quarts of oil between oil changes is normal...... ridiculous. I would call the MoCo and start a claim.
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Heading back to the dealer today. Let see if we can nail this down. I just do not want to take 4 or 5 quarts of oil on a trip. Something is not right. I bet their is a small leak some where but I see no oil anywhere.

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Heading back to the dealer today. Let see if we can nail this down. I just do not want to take 4 or 5 quarts of oil on a trip. Something is not right. I bet their is a small leak some where but I see no oil anywhere.
A leak down test should tell you where the problem lies if you canít see a leak. Oil consumption through the engine typically means your rings didnít seal or your valve seals are leaking. Any oil consumption that requires me to add oil on a trip is not acceptable to me. And by that I mean if my engine consumes .5 quart in 5K miles....meh. Itís time for an oil change anyway and .5 quart low isnít going to hurt anything. If I have to carry oil Iím going to fix the problem. As stated above if your dealer is that horrible then contact Harley directly because itís not acceptable.
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No it's not normal, but the Moco will say it's OK. I bet the dealer says "ride it & watch the oil level". I don't see the Moco doing anything for you, in their fine print they'll say 1 qt in a !,000 miles is OK.
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