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1Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Sudden Oil Consumption Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:58 pm

John A

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Today I decided to take a ride to make sure the bike was still running well. I am currently at college and try to run the bike at least one or two times a week to make sure it doesn't sit (also gives me an excuse to go riding through the Adirondacks for an hour or so). When I started the bike up it smoked a bit more than the normal amount, and I chalked it up to the temperature being around 30 -35 degrees Fahrenheit. While riding I noticed that the normal noises slowly, but continuously, got louder. When I parked the bike I looked at the oil sight glass and saw nothing. While riding I did not have any idiot lights going off, I  was monitoring it closely since the noise was up from what I normally have heard. I checked 30 minutes later (to give it plenty of time to flow back down) and found only a small amount at the bottom of the sight glass. Looking through the oil fill hole I could only see a tiny amount at the bottom of the case. I always check my oil level before riding and today it was about 2/3rds of the way between the middle dot and the top of the sight glass. The bike normally consumes only about 4-5 ounces over 5 thousand miles, from my experience (two oil changes). I did check the oil drain screw and that was completely dry so I do not believe that the oil leaked out of there. 

I am wondering if anyone else has had a sudden consumption of oil with a cold spell. My current plan is to pick up some Marvel Mystery oil to mix in and refill the oil to the top of the sight glass. 

Thank you for any advice you can give.


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1982 Suzuki GS650GL
    

2Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:14 pm

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I don't know whether this is the case. But what can happen is that water and fuel can contaminate the oil when slow running around town the lower engine temperature allow it to build up. When you go on a longer ride at higher speeds and longer distances the engine gets up to a higher temperature. At the higher temperatures this water fuel mix with evaporate off making it look like your oil consumption has drastically risen. Top the oil up and go for a long hard ride or give it an oil change and go for a long hard ride and it should have settled down.
Regards Martin.


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3Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:23 pm

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It's rare but sometimes K bikes will occasionally "hide" oil that magically reappears.

I'd fill it to the half-way DOT in the sight glass and keep an eye on it.


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
98 Taxi Cab K1200RS
14 K1600GT
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

4Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:30 am

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A slight unevenness to the ground and the bike leans a touch more and the oil level can be very different, just keep an eye on it.


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5Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Oil Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:01 am

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When you look at the engine in profile, with oil at the bottom of the sight glass, there is actually a lot of oil in there, regardless of the appearance from the filler hole.

Coolant might be leaking into the oil, which evaporated during the ride.

Or fuel. Remove the vacuum hose from the rear cylinder at the throttle body assembly. If there are signs of fuel, the fuel pressure regulator is leaking. Don't crank the engine if you suspect this,  it could do damage, unless you disable the coils and remove the spark plugs. Be prepared for something shooting out. 

Regarding the smoke, black points to rich(fuel) blue(oil) white(water)


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6Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:10 am

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I'm interested in the noise. My moto is ridden until salt is on the road and that can mean riding in temperatures from 15ºF up for a month or so. There is no increase in engine noise at temperature below freezing but shifting can be stiff for a half a mile or so.

When was the last oil change, which grade of oil did you use and what brand of filter did you install?


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7Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:29 am

John A

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Currently, I am running 15W-50 oil in the motorcycle as the manual has the operating temperature for that weight being from -20 to 30 celsius or -4 to ~85 Fahrenheit. I used a BMW filter for my last oil change since the PO supplied me with a couple of them, I did my last oil change about 3 weeks ago. I did make sure to check the sight glass while the bike was on level ground on the center stand. I will be refilling the oil level to halfway as suggested and will ride the bike tonight or tomorrow and report back with my findings. I don't think the coolant is leaking or getting consumed as the level hasn't changed since I got the motorcycle. I will be pulling the radiator and cleaning it during my winter break as well as touching up a few other things that I didn't want to mess with during the main riding season.


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1982 Suzuki GS650GL
    

8Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:37 am

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Did you run the bike after the oil and filter change to recheck the oil?

Do you fill the filter before screwing it in?

I have occasionally found erratic oil consumption but keep an eye on it..


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red 578 bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 689 58,645 now 106,950 miles Deceased.
1983 K100RS 0011171 Fricka 606 Alaska Blue 29,495 miles Damn K Pox Its a Bat outta Hell Now 49,840 miles. 
1996 K1100LT 0233004 Lohengrin Mystic Red 38,000 miles currently 42,640 miles.

Past:
1968 Yamaha 80 YG1
1971 Yamaha 125 YAS-1
1968 Honda 125 SS
1970 Honda CD 175
1973 Honda CB500-4
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9Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:39 am

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If there is coolant leaking into the oil it is very easy to tell.  Put the bike on the center right after riding it.  If there's coolant in the oil you will see froth/bubbles in the sight glass.


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
98 Taxi Cab K1200RS
14 K1600GT
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

10Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:41 am

John A

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I did run the bike immediately after the oil change and didn't see any real drop in the sight glass level. I normally put a small amount of oil in the filter before screwing it in. I have not seen froth/bubbles after riding it.


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1985 BMW K100RT Vin: 0051738 (old style tank)
1982 Suzuki GS650GL
    

11Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:30 am

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A small amount in the filter and oil at the red dot on the glass, it will go near the bottom of the glass after you have run it.


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red 578 bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 689 58,645 now 106,950 miles Deceased.
1983 K100RS 0011171 Fricka 606 Alaska Blue 29,495 miles Damn K Pox Its a Bat outta Hell Now 49,840 miles. 
1996 K1100LT 0233004 Lohengrin Mystic Red 38,000 miles currently 42,640 miles.

Past:
1968 Yamaha 80 YG1
1971 Yamaha 125 YAS-1
1968 Honda 125 SS
1970 Honda CD 175
1973 Honda CB500-4
Honda CX 500
    

12Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:00 am

John A

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I added 2 quarts of oil and mixed a small amount of Marvel into it. The bike is now running much better and smoked a lot less when I started it up. I took it out for a hard ride and stopped every 5 minutes or so to check that the level wasn't dropping too much. Parked it again and will be checking it in a few days with another ride weather permitting.


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1982 Suzuki GS650GL
    

13Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:17 am

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If you had to add 2 qts of oil to the crankcase, then it was really down.  I can't see how the engine would use that amount of oil in the short amount of time you are talking about.

That would explain the noises you where hearing, lack of oil.  Something doesn't add up as adding Marvel to the crankcase wouldn't change much of anything.  It is basically a solvent, so you will want to dump the oil & filter after a short period of time.  It works similar to Sea Foam and will help clean up the inside of the engine, which is not always a good thing.

    

14Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:04 am

John A

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Update:
Today when I went out to the motorcycle, I checked the sight glass. The oil level had increased to the point where I couldn't see the level while the bike was on its center stand. When I tipped the bike to its side stand I could see the bubble right at the top of the sight glass. I know that the oil level is higher than it should be. I don't quite understand where the excess oil was hiding and how it got back in the case. Is this oil level high enough that running the bike would likely cause damage? I am on the fence with draining the excess oil to the proper level or not as I don't know where the oil disappeared to last time. Any idvice on what I should do? I will be riding the motorcycle for a 2-hour trip next week and want to make sure it functions well during that ride.


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1985 BMW K100RT Vin: 0051738 (old style tank)
1982 Suzuki GS650GL
    

15Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:25 am

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I told you that they have a secret way of "hiding" oil. Razz  I have no idea why/how.

Just pull the drain plug and then put it back in quickly to get a little oil out and get it down below the top line. That's what I'd do.


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
98 Taxi Cab K1200RS
14 K1600GT
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

16Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:34 am

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I have no idea how the oil in the pan actually gets to the sight glass.  I know that in the past I have done oil changes or added oil without the level in the glass changing, and then showing after the engine is run.

My experience leads me to believe that there may be air bubbles in the sight glass or behind it that may be affecting the level in the glass.  Perhaps the cold temperatures and thicker oil is preventing oil flow to the glass or encouraging the bubble.


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1994 K75RT
1991 K100RS


Past:
1988 K100RS SE
1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

17Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:47 am

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John A wrote:I don't quite understand where the excess oil was hiding and how it got back in the case.
The oil was in the case all along. Like .75 indicates, an air bubble was probably restricting its flow into the sight glass. That's likely the reason instructions advise running the engine first then waiting a few minutes before checking the level—to allow evacuation of air from the glass.

Do what duck suggests, ride off and leave your worry behind. In the future, fill by volume. An oil change including the filter is 3.75L in volume. Drain the oil while it's hot then refill with 3.60L and develop a new relationship with the sight glass. Smile


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18Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:59 am

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A good rule of thumb is if the engine calls for 3.75 litres including filter change, at an oil change with filter, add 3 litres of oil.  Fill up the oil filter before you put it in. On the center stand, start the engine and let it run for a couple of minutes, check for leaks etc. Shut it down, clean up your used oil etc. Then have a look in the site glass. 

There are holes top and bottom in the site glass so I can't see how any air would stop oil from flowing into it.  Another thing is that the garage floor or the centerstand are not always level, so that can mess up your readings.

Don't run it with too much oil and as somebody else advised, get a clean pan for the oil, undue the drain bolt, and quickly put it back in place. That will let some oil out of the block. It will be messy doing it that way so be prepared.  In lieu of that, just drain the oil into the clean pan, and then put the right amount back in the engine.

The K series are not the only ones that hide the oil.  I owned a couple of R1100's and you had to do a bit of a dance to get an accurate reading in the site glass.  The distance between the upper and lower red lines is usually about 500 CC of oil.

    

19Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:31 am

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duck wrote:It's rare but sometimes K bikes will occasionally "hide" oil that magically reappears.

I'd fill it to the half-way DOT in the sight glass and keep an eye on it.
I've just found this Embarassed .

Left bike on side-stand for a week, decided to give the oil level a quick squint and it was right at the very bottom of the sight glass. Ok, I thought, maybe it just needs time to filter back into the sump so left it on the centre stand and went in for a cup of tea. Still right down when I came back so chucked half a litre in. Oil just nicely above red dot.
Went for a blast and now it's right to the top of the sight glass, maybe even past the top.

Do these bikes have a problem running very full? Do I need to drain a bit off?


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20Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:48 am

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stanthomas wrote:Went for a blast and now it's right to the top of the sight glass, maybe even past the top.

Do these bikes have a problem running very full? Do I need to drain a bit off?
Conventional wisdom tells us that engines overfilled with oil might blow seals, and that reminds me of a story about a penguin whose car overheated in Las Vegas.

Anyway, if it has been overfilled, drain out some of the oil. I check oil level with the moto on the center stand after the engine has been run then shut off for a few minutes.



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21Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:12 pm

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I have found over the years that a K will show overfull if the lean to the right is only very slight and may not be very noticeable but will show up in the sight glass as over full.


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Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."   Dalai Lama


Bikes 2004 K1200GT 1998 K1100 LT, 1986 K75 GS.
    

22Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Oil consumption Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:53 pm

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When I think of a brick on the side stand over a week, this is what I see. Sudden Oil Consumption Img_2034


When you put it on the centre stand, only some of the oil flows to the sump if the oil is cold. See the nooks and crannies. With four cylinders and 0.25lt between middle and full, that could be where the missing oil is.

Edit: There's a perforated steel plate behind the sight glass, so you can't see in the sump part.



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 ~120,000 km
    

23Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:17 am

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I've drained some oil out ... 
Tiresome 'cos my RS has the bellypan and it's messy letting just a bit out.

Heh ho. But now I know: check the oil when you park up, not before you go out.


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24Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:50 pm

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stanthomas wrote:Heh ho. But now I know: check the oil when you park up, not before you go out.
The two solutions are equally good but you must keep in mind that what you should see in the window is not the same in both cases.

The mineral oil coefficient of dilatation is around 0.08 percent per degree C.
With a cruising speed oil temperature around 90 degrees, the temperature difference between "before go" and "after coming back" is, let us say, 70 degrees. That makes a dilatation of 0.08 x 70 = 5.6 percent.

Over a volume of 3.7 litres of oil, that makes almost 21  cc, i.e. approx the difference between the central dot and  the window top or bottom.

So, if you check a warm oil level, it shoud be between red dot and window top (max level). If you check a cold old level, it should be between the window bottom and the red dot (top level).

Of course with the bike well level on its central stand Wink

    

25Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:15 pm

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John A wrote:Currently, I am running 15W-50 oil in the motorcycle as the manual has the operating temperature for that weight being from -20 to 30 celsius or -4 to ~85 Fahrenheit. 

Oil has evolved a long way in 40 years since the manual was written. Would you also use 40 year old tyre technology?

    

26Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Oil consumption Sat Jun 19, 2021 11:45 pm

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15W-50 is a measurement of viscosity, which has no bearing on the age rating of the oil.

Celcius and Ferenheit are measurements of temperature, which also have no bearing on the age or technology level of the oil. 

A different rating is given for higher standards of  modern oils.

15W-50 could be a modern or old oil, it's only an indication of viscosity.


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 ~120,000 km
    

27Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:12 am

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BobT wrote:
John A wrote:Currently, I am running 15W-50 oil in the motorcycle as the manual has the operating temperature for that weight being from -20 to 30 celsius or -4 to ~85 Fahrenheit. 

Oil has evolved a long way in 40 years since the manual was written. Would you also use 40 year old tyre technology?
I actually wanted to use 35-year old engine management technology when I bought my Brick. Of course, availability of ready cash might have had something to do with it.  Smile



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28Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:13 am

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BobT wrote:
John A wrote:Currently, I am running 15W-50 oil in the motorcycle as the manual has the operating temperature for that weight being from -20 to 30 celsius or -4 to ~85 Fahrenheit. 

Oil has evolved a long way in 40 years since the manual was written. Would you also use 40 year old tyre technology?

Hmmm...  What has changed in the OP's engine or oil technology in the past 40 years that would require a more "modern" oil viscosity?  Can you suggest a modern oil viscosity correction factor?  I hate to think my owner's manual has dated information.


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Present:
1994 K75RT
1991 K100RS


Past:
1988 K100RS SE
1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

29Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:19 am

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Point-Seven-five wrote:Hmmm...  What has changed in the OP's engine or oil technology in the past 40 years that would require a more "modern" oil viscosity? 
A compulsion for use urged by modern oil technology's advertising, which has also become slicker.  Smile


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30Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:30 am

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stanthomas wrote:I've drained some oil out ... 
Tiresome 'cos my RS has the bellypan and it's messy letting just a bit out.

Heh ho. But now I know: check the oil when you park up, not before you go out.
I use a turkey basting tool with a rubber hose attached to suck out fluids from engines they the fill hole. You squeeze the bulb and release it and it sucks up an ounce or two that you can squirt into a can.Repeat as necessary. I also use it to suck out old brake fluid .Works great ,so does a cheap vacuum pump type brake bleeder from Harbor freight. Kinda stone age pulling the drain plug and getting oil all over the place as you fumble with it re installing it as oil is pouring out


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31Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:35 am

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daveyson wrote:15W-50 is a measurement of viscosity, which has no bearing on the age rating of the oil.

Celcius and Ferenheit are measurements of temperature, which also have no bearing on the age or technology level of the oil. 

A different rating is given for higher standards of  modern oils.

15W-50 could be a modern or old oil, it's only an indication of viscosity.

Thank you so much for that lesson. I never did know how to suck eggs before you explained.

    

32Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Oil Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:40 am

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Come on now Bob, every bodies gotta do a bit sometimes.


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 ~120,000 km
    

33Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:42 am

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Point-Seven-five wrote:
BobT wrote:
John A wrote:Currently, I am running 15W-50 oil in the motorcycle as the manual has the operating temperature for that weight being from -20 to 30 celsius or -4 to ~85 Fahrenheit. 

Oil has evolved a long way in 40 years since the manual was written. Would you also use 40 year old tyre technology?

Hmmm...  What has changed in the OP's engine or oil technology in the past 40 years that would require a more "modern" oil viscosity?  Can you suggest a modern oil viscosity correction factor?  I hate to think my owner's manual has dated information.
In a way you can do this yourself. If you look at the original oil spec for the first K100 and then the spec for the last K1100, basically the same engine, you will notice that BMW recommends different things. That happens with all manufacturers. 
The PSA group made a four cylinder, 2.5 litre diesel engine back in the early 1970s It was a basic 75 bhp engine at first with 20-50 oil and 3000mile changes. They later turbocharged thee same engine and then later intercooled it too, it was up to 120 bhp. The last of those engines had the same block and oil filters as the first, but they recommended a 10-40 oil and had the changes at 12000 miles. 
The engine had not changed but the oil had.

    

34Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:48 am

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yamaguzzi wrote:Kinda stone age pulling the drain plug and getting oil all over the place as you fumble with it re installing it as oil is pouring out
I like believing that draining oil from the drain plug hole makes the floor of the sump spic-and-span—regardless of the efficacy of the oil filter and pickup screen—and that turkey basters should mostly be devoted to basting and, occasionally, insemination; furthermore, I'd need to extract oil at a greater rate than by two ounces per squeeze because I'm an important person with no time for dilly-dallying.  Smile

Start at 3:40 of this video.


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35Back to top Go down   Sudden Oil Consumption Empty Re: Sudden Oil Consumption Sun Jun 20, 2021 2:37 am

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For an oil drain the plug is the way to go but this kid just wants to remove excess oil and not drain all his oil . This being said the turkey baster /vacuum pump method is way better solution that monkeying around with trying to let small amounts of oil out of the bottom of the motor. There is also a fluid extractor for this purpose .It looks like a grease gun and does the same thing as the turkey baster but will remove more fluid. It costs more money than the baster and for a one time use application isn't worth the cost. I have one,I use it to suck out gear oil from the 4 speed in my valiant station wagon.But,I guess if you like oil running down your arm the plug removal method is the way to go



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Poupy

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Point-Seven-five wrote:
BobT wrote:
John A wrote:Currently, I am running 15W-50 oil in the motorcycle as the manual has the operating temperature for that weight being from -20 to 30 celsius or -4 to ~85 Fahrenheit. 

Oil has evolved a long way in 40 years since the manual was written. Would you also use 40 year old tyre technology?

Hmmm...  What has changed in the OP's engine or oil technology in the past 40 years that would require a more "modern" oil viscosity?  Can you suggest a modern oil viscosity correction factor?  I hate to think my owner's manual has dated information.
The oil viscosity number represents a measured viscosity under well specified conditions, like an engine HP number epresents a power under well defined conditions, whatever the motor or engine type.
A 40 grade synthetic new oil has exactly the same viscosity a a 40 grade mineral new oil. The difference between synthetic and mineral oils is the time they keep their viscosity "as new".

The viscosity is one of the oil characteristics. Not the only one.The API codes are very important, and well defined as well.

With synthetic oils the intervals between oils replacements are much longer than at the time our ks were manufactured.

If you have a k2s which does not consume oil between two oil replacements, using synthetic oil might be an idea for changing it less often. Might...

If you have a k4s which burns its 3.7 litres of new oil over a distance of  around 10000 km, the interest of using an oil which can last long is debatable.

That is my opinion/experience and I share it Wink

    

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yamaguzzi wrote:I guess if you like oil running down your arm the plug removal method is the way to go
i guess that snippet of video I recommended is open to multiple interpretations, or you didn't watch it. Nevertheless, overfilling then draining excess is a harmless pastime.  Sudden Oil Consumption 112350


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That OIL black magic that we know so well, or don't as the case may be. Use what you find best. ME!! Without my solicitor present, no comment Sudden Oil Consumption 694830 Sudden Oil Consumption 44271 Sudden Oil Consumption 44271


PS my K Don't use any oil with 3k mile changes


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