metal chunks on magnetic plug!!!!!
Posted February 25, 2002 - 04:08 PM
Recently I changed the oil and found a chunk of metal on the magnet. The metal was approx 4mm long and about 1mm wide. (like a small chunk of pencil lead). This scared the crap out of me!! I looked very closely at the drained oil, and noticed a that there are minute pieces of metal, like super small glitter, in the oil. I rode one day and changed the oil again. The magnet caught one more chunk of metal that was smaller than the first.
My bike runs perfect. It never jumps out of gear or miss shifts. I always use the clutch to shift up or down. I fear that I may have the start of a transmission problem and I don't know what to do about it.
I am wondering if something such as this should cause me to tear the motor down to try to prevent further damage. I spoke to my dealer for advice and he said, ride it until it breaks. He said that it was most likely a small piece of a gear, and it may be no big deal. He stated that if I tore the motor down, I may find nothing wrong.
My bike is well past break-in, but not yet a year old. Should I be worried at this point? If so, how worried?? Should I even be thinking of tearing the motor down? The thought of a blown transmission scares me after reading other tranny posts. If I need to act, tell me so. If I am over-reacting, slap me in the face and tell me to shut up......
Posted February 25, 2002 - 04:27 PM
For once I would agree with your dealer. This also say's something about his honesty by not taking the moment to bend you over. But keep an eye on it and if it continues, gets worse or shifts different than the norm, then you might want to take a peek.. My .02 worth...
Posted February 25, 2002 - 07:18 PM
Watch the next couple of oil changes carefully, and if no more particles come out, then don't worry about it...
Posted February 27, 2002 - 02:36 PM
I had worn the crank pin by at least .020'' radially. Take it easy and work patiently please!