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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-06-2018, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Possible head gasket oil leak

Hey everyone, I need some answers re head gasket change out please.
What difficulty level is it?
Parts & tools list needed?
Where is it best to source parts?
If brought to a mechanic what should it cost & how long would it be off the road?
I will post photos tomorrow.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-06-2018, 09:09 AM
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I've been around Vstars for a while and never had anyone post issue with head gasket. I suggest cleaning area very good so you can trace exactly where the leak is coming from. Post the pictures so maybe we can help.

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My question is the head gasket leaking or the Valve covers or the adjustment caps.. Pics needed for sure

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I agree with les and Mrdub. Oil leaks often have a way of disguising where they originate. I thought I had an oil leak at the front of my front cylinder last summer. It turned out the valve cover was leaking at the rear of it and running along the fins to where it dripped from the front. It was a cheap and easy fix but very deceiving. Clean it up and make sure that's where it's coming from, but I have my doubts it's a head gasket.

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Phew, thanks for the reassurance guys, I'll give it a good clean up now and get those photos up. 🖒

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Ok a few photos before the clean up, leak appears to be below head gasket all over the front cylinder fins and down the side casing, front of air filter and pipes

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Hard to tell but look up a little more at the valve adjustment cover. One on front cylinder is chrome and rear cylinder is painted. There is a rubber oring that leaks with age. See attached diagram, Spring is number 25. Very common, cheap and easy fix.



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Hey tiff..make sure you clean around the oil filter..it might be leaking .That oil from the filter would blow all over the front of the engine making other things look like they are leaking.. Clean it up and run it.. don't ride it.. if the oil is blowing you won't know where from...

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Thanks guys, I'll keep you updated.

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Hard to tell but look up a little more at the valve adjustment cover. One on front cylinder is chrome and rear cylinder is painted. There is a rubber oring that leaks with age. See attached diagram, Spring is number 25. Very common, cheap and easy fix.



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https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums...aust-port.html

Good luck and keep us informed.
if o ring number 20 leaks it will look like the head is leaking, you can,t see in there directly to see if that o ring is leaking

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