|Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 09:20 am: ||
Has there ever been a problem with the '03 9R short cooler line that is attached just above the oil filter?
Mine has leaked at one rate or another from day one. The cross section of case material is very thin for a taper thread and I am afraid of cracking it if I try to tighten the fitting one more turn. About a year ago the compression side loosened up and allowed the hose to rotate and contact the other line out by the clutch cable, I did not notice it until I was home from a road trip and it had already started to fray the line. I returned to the dealer since it was still under warranty at the time and it seems as though it was tightened down crooked at the compression fitting and put a bur inside the 90 degree fitting that allowed it to leak even more after a couple of heat cycles. I being disgusted with the work of the dealer realigned the connection and stopped most of the bleeding. This summer it seemed to be getting pretty bad again so I went to the hardware store and bought a brass 90 degree fitting to replace the steal one hoping to have a better seat of the compression fitting. The problem now is it needs about 1/2 turn past tight to be aligned with the line and not leak at the block.
How delicate is this area of the block?
Do they crack easily?
Has anyone else had the problem?
How did you fix it?
Now the leak is completely burned up be the exhaust but I am sick and tired of the smell and the look of a leaky HD of old. To date have yet to see a XB model with a leak and the last two years of read this site and others I havn't read anything about it.
|Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 12:04 pm: ||
I have heard of a couple of XB's with leaks at the oil cooler.
A teflon tape type of sealant may help some, but it isn't what I'd call a permanent fix.
|Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 09:37 pm: ||
We just worked on my friend's front oil line also. We just used some plumber's pipe dope on the threads.
As far as the new brass fitting being out of "clock rotation", maybe check the hardware store again for another fitting where the threads start at a different clock position.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 03:04 pm: ||
I have a XB12 2004 model and it is leaking at the same location. I tried using pipe dope. It did not work for more than three rides. I am going to order a new line and that better work.If not I don't know what else to do.
Any further suggestions?
|Posted on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 02:44 pm: ||
Mine was leaking at the engine side a little. I took both lines loose and teflon taped them, no problems over 6000 miles later.
The trick to getting a pipe fitting to the right rotation is to sneak up on it. Turn until tight (not very tight), then back up a 1/2 turn; turn until tight again and you'll see that it will go 1/8 - 1/4 turn further this time. Do that until you can get it where you want it, then apply the teflon tape (or the called-for Loctite thread sealant) on the threads for the final tightening. Use a short wrench to avoid breaking anything; also be careful to hold the fitting in place if you have to tighten another fitting or line to it.
I've got fittings to go almost a complete rotation this way with no problems...but your results may vary. As a last resort, try a different fitting.
This is a pretty common problem on the XB's, apparently. I wish that the fittings were the type with locking nuts instead of pipe threads where they thread into the engine.
|Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 12:25 am: ||
Maybe you could use an o-ring and teflon tape? tighten it onto the o-ring until it lines up and the teflon combined with the o-ring wouldn't let the oil seep?
I've never tried it but I have the same issue. '04 12R. I had the header off at one point after it started seeping there but didn't re-tape the fitting.