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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-02-2013, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Oil in pickup coil cover

2005 VN750. I'm trying to check the timing, and use a portable tach to do a carb sync. When I removed the pickup coil, there was some oil in the cover and dripping out. When I ran the bike, oil/fuel sprayed out; particularly when I revved the engine. The spatter was minimal when at idle, so I could use the tach, but couldn't really get my face in there to check the timing, and I couldn't rev the engine.

Is this normal?
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Yes it is normal. There should be about 1 cup of oil drop out when you pull the cover. Also the stator is cooled in the oil. You should never run the engine with the cover off.

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the Clymer manual instructs me to do this (run the engine with the cover removed) to check the timing and to get an accurate tach reading. There isn't any other way to do this.
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ok you got me, i just read the Kawasaki servuice manual as well and says same thing... YOu might start with making sure your oil level is correct.

Also, why do you think your timing is off?
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Pretty sure the oil level is correct as I just changed it last month. I didn't suspect the timing was off, I was just following the maintenance manual of how to check it as part of routine maintenance.
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since the timing isn't adjustable, the only time you need to check the timing is after a engine tear down and rebuild
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