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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:51 am 
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Just found that I have been running my XB12 for a few months with low engine oil. I have only covered a few hundred miles.

I only completed a service on my bike in July where I replaced the oil and filter as per the service book and I filled up the oil with a little more than the required amount. I didn't bother checking the oil as I put more than the correct amount in.

Anyway, thought I'd have a bit of a car / bike day the other day and I checked the oil on my bike after a short ride around town. The engine was at normal operating temp, the bike was on the side stand and on level surface.

I checked the dipstick and saw there was no oil on it at all :roll:

I was a bit shocked and topped it up as required, putting about 400ml more in. This probably explains why the bike was running hot and the fan was coming on at 60-70mph. This seems to have gone now the bike has more oil.

I have done the same in the past and the oil has been fine!

I'm just wondering what potential damage has been caused and if I need to be on the look out for anything?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:54 am 
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As long as the oil light didn't come on, it wouldn't bother me too much. I'd learn from the lesson and checkbthe oil more frequently.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Im not familiar with the XB12s, but do you check oil levels with the bike on the stand?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:20 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:37 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:58 pm 
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pash wrote:
As long as the oil light didn't come on, it wouldn't bother me too much. I'd learn from the lesson and checkbthe oil more frequently.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:02 am 
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personally I check mine after every ride when I get back home , everthings up to temp :idea:
if you ran it that low the cooling fan was on a lot, then the oil what oil you did have was getting very hot , and it was unable to carry out one of its secondary functions Cooling , thankfully the oil warning light did not come on , so lubrication was still being applied .
if it were me I would change the oil again , and check and recheck when hot and on the side stand just after its turned off .
Oil is cheap an engine rebuild is not .

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:50 pm 
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Have agree with Barney, an oil change will do no harm.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:53 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:23 pm 
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I managed a whole 485 miles last year,but I still did oil and filter :old:

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