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Old 11-11-2012, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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chewing oil !

G'day guys I know this has been mentioned before but i have recently bought an 07 sprint with service history 25k on the clock. Recently I changed the oil and put in fuchs full synthetic 10w-60 and after checking the oil after 1000k it wasn't registering on the dipstick, topped up and rode another 200kms and same again. Rode 120 kms yesterday and had to add another 500ml. I have now bought some semi-synthetic and see how that goes, but at this rate I won't be keeping the bike as I find this oil use quite concerning !
Any feed back much appreciated as I love the bike !
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi

I think the things you ought to be checking are leaks. Check the belly pan and around the swingarm. Probably a bit grimy but I'd be looking for wet-ish oil. Then see if it's blowing smoke on acceleration and possibly on deceleration from some high revs. Check the exhaust to see if there is wet deposits around exit hole.

I guess you could have a leak, worn oil rings or valves which are not fully closing. or gremlins. 'orrible critters, gremlins.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Phew - doesn't sound encouraging. Was the bike a regular runner prior to you buying it? I'd be going back to the seller right away...unless it was sold with "as is where is" conditions or similar.
I wouldn't expect your specific oil choice to be causing any such consumption. Assuming it is not gushing out on the road...loose filter, sump plug etc..or spraying out the side from a blown clutch cover gasket.
Any smoke out the back?
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi Jazza,
Probably an obvious question but have you checked the motor for leaks?
From what I have read so far it is not a common fault with this bike but there are cases of oil usage.
Does it blow smoke?
How does the bike run?
That is a lot of oil going some place it shouldn't.
FWIW I have an 01 sprint with 45000klms on the clock that I purchased at 40k and it does not use any oil.
Hope it is not a major problem but there are other members here that will be able to help with identifying where it is going.

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Old 11-12-2012, 12:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Some of 'em do that.

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Hi. My 02 sprint does not need oil between survives. I do not think 10-60 is the correct oil I only use 10-40. Cheers Paul
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10W-60 is definitely out of spec, but my own experience with oil burning motors suggests that they don't much care about viscosity or base type; they'll gladly burn whatever you put in 'em.

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Oil Use

If there are no visible leaks around the engine casings then, it is either worn (oil) rings or valve guide seals. Given that, either one is expensive to fix. I would not expect a 2007 with 25,000k to show signs of such oil usage as yours.
Remember this! The French lost, Fuchs oil is French! Revenge is a dish best served cold (and long remembered) try a Pommie oil of the correct grade.
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I've heard of chewing gum but not chewing oil

Any oil in the airbox?
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:55 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks guys for your imput the bike is not leaking any oil. I live in far north QLD were it is always hot, hence the reason why i used 10 W /60. The bike goes extremely well, the exhaust is black but i consider it normal, i'll run a test on it tomorrow and let u know.
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