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    Oil Leak at Starter

    Could use some advice please. . . . . My 2014 TW with just at 3K miles (18 months old) looks like it's got some oil seepage at the starter. Can this sort of repair wait for a thousand miles or so before I get it to the dealer to have it repaired or is it something that Needs attention ASAP?


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    It appears to be little oil seepage from the O-ring on the shaft end of the starter. See picture below.

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    This shaft is lubricated by the engine oil in the crankcase so unless the leakage is enough to cause a noticeable drop in your oil level, it is not something to worry too much about.

    If you can live with the cosmetics of this seepage, it can certainly wait until you choose to have this fixed. If you want to do this yourself, it is pretty easy. To remove the starter, take out the two bolts securing it on the right side of the engine and then just kind of wiggle the starter to pull it out. The O-ring usually secures it pretty tightly. With the starter out, clean off any dirt/oil and check the O-ring for any damage. If the O-ring looks good you could just reinstall it with a good coating of grease, or you could replace the O-ring.

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    It can wait but might get a little messy. It is a simple o-ring replacement. Remove starter, remove and replace o-ring, re install starter. Disconnect battery first.

    PA091215.JPGPA211221.JPGPA211222.JPG O-ring that I used: 2-120 N-70

    O-rings are forgiving. They can be a little small or large and they will still work and work well!
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    Mine looked like that. I cleaned it off and it never came back. I suspect it was residue from assembly. Have you tried to clean it off and see if it returns?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoHair McNair View Post
    Mine looked like that. I cleaned it off and it never came back. I suspect it was residue from assembly. Have you tried to clean it off and see if it returns?
    Excellent point! My rush to do mechanics I over looked what might be a very simple fix. I agree 100%, Clean it first then decide if it needs fixing.
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    Just put a new one on while you are cleaning it, it's a .37 cent O ring...
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    I have seen that happen when the crankcase gets slightly overfilled and/or the breather gets clogged.
    WOuldn't sweat it too much, though leaky oil attracts dirt so it gets messy and harder to clean. Not
    to mention your spewing toxic waste.
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    10-4 everyone. Thanks for your advice. Good to know this is not a big deal.
    Best thing for now is to clean the oil off and keep an eye on it.
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