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Author:  DukeofTed [ Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:51 am ]
Post subject:  Running with low engine oil

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?

Cheers,

Author:  pash [ Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Running with low engine oil

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.

Author:  Kiwi [ Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Running with low engine oil

Im not familiar with the XB12s, but do you check oil levels with the bike on the stand?

Author:  Maz [ Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Running with low engine oil

yes

Author:  Kiwi [ Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Running with low engine oil

Thanks

Everyday a school day :)

Author:  kevmean [ Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Running with low engine oil

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.

:yt:

Author:  barney [ Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Running with low engine oil

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 .

Author:  Adam [ Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Running with low engine oil

Have agree with Barney, an oil change will do no harm.

Author:  gusm2 [ Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:53 pm ]
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:yt:

Author:  Chiz_4 [ 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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