While riding today I smelled something burnt. I thought it was the car in front of me. Well, I started smoking. I pulled over and saw there was a slight leak towards the back of the engine right above where the exhaust is connected. There is a little chrome plate connected with two Allen screws. It is seeping from the bottom. I tried to tighten both screws but they were already tight.
Can you tell me what this is? What's wrong? And is it an easy fix? For the shop lol.
Its a easy fix.Its the valve cover.Just replace the rubber o ring behind the cover.Be carefull not to over tighten the allen bolts or you will strip out the head thread.If you have a 1100 the part number is,93210-62446-00.There about $4. each.
When you say "easy fix" does this mean I can do it myself? I am not very mechanically inclined. I checked the parts diagram and it looks like I would just unscrew the two screws. Remove the cover. Remove the damaged o-ring. Replace with the new one. Put cover back on. Tighten screws.
Do I need to drain the oil first?
When removing the cover, does it make a mess?
Are there any steps I missed?
If this is as easy as it sounds I may just want to do this myself. I like the thought of working on my own bike.
You can do it.You don't need to drain the oil.Just take the two screws out remove the cover replace the o ring.Little bit of oil will drip out when you pull the cover off.
This literally took me 15 minutes. Thank you VERY much for your knowledge. I do have another question. I cleaned as much of the leaked oil as I could see. The bike is still slightly smoking from that area. Could this be due to left over spilled oil that is burning off? It is no where near how it was pre fix. And I don't see any oil still either.