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    Oil Leak 2016 TTSE
    on: Aug 29, 2016, 06.42 am
    Aug 29, 2016, 06.42 am
    Hi All,

    I have been through the search function for "oil leaks" and can't find anything quite like this. My 2016 Trophy has about 12500 km. About 500 kms ago I noticed a drop or two of oil on the garage floor that looked like it had come from the crankcase breather tube. The dealer told me this was something that happened on occasion. The Trophy showed no signs of any more leaking until two days later when a little more oil showed up in the same location.

    After more investigation it became apparent that the oil was not from the crankcase breather tube but from somewhere higher up in the engine. It is on the left side of the motorcycle (as you face forward) and looks like it is coming down from  the upper part of the engine somewhere between the gear shift lever and the sidestand. I am taking the Trophy to the dealer for investigation on September 6 (he can't get it in till then) and am wondering if anyone has any thoughts about where the  leak might be.

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Oil Leak 2016 TTSE
    Reply #1 on: Aug 29, 2016, 11.02 am
    Aug 29, 2016, 11.02 am
    Lots of people (including me) found after a time the bolts holding the engine covers on go loose.  Tighten them and the leak stops.

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    Re: Oil Leak 2016 TTSE
    Reply #2 on: Aug 29, 2016, 01.29 pm
    Aug 29, 2016, 01.29 pm
    Lots of people (including me) found after a time the bolts holding the engine covers on go loose.  Tighten them and the leak stops.
    That was exactly my issue last year, except it was the right side cover. Just evenly snugged them up a little and no more leak. They were very loose and it happened at around 6600 miles.

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    Re: Oil Leak 2016 TTSE
    Reply #3 on: Aug 29, 2016, 04.44 pm
    Aug 29, 2016, 04.44 pm
    Yes, check the torque on the engine bolts. I also had a similar leak and it was at the oil filter of all places. I snugged the filter a bit more and it was still leaking. I removed the filter and noticed scratches around the threaded hole and it looked as though the filter was bottoming at the center, but was not sealing at the rubber ring where it was suppose to seal. I grabbed another filter off the shelf (I had three or four in the garage) new filter snugged in place and no issues after that. I showed the filter to my dealer where I had bought them and he concurred that I had a filter that was made wrong. Slim chance of that being your issue, BUT it does happen. At least once anyway. Oh yeah, make sure the rubber seal from the old filter is not stuck to the engine under the new filter.

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    Re: Oil Leak 2016 TTSE
    Reply #4 on: Aug 29, 2016, 05.19 pm
    Aug 29, 2016, 05.19 pm
    I had a leak and it was just the crankcase sump bolts had loosened.  A check showed many case bolts were loose and needed to be snugged up.

    Now I've made it a maintenance item to check at regular intervals, just like it was for Triumphs in the 60's...

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    Re: Oil Leak 2016 TTSE
    Reply #5 on: Aug 29, 2016, 05.44 pm
    Aug 29, 2016, 05.44 pm
    I had the exact same issue. Loose engine bolts. You'd think they would have used thread lock or something on them. I had to take off the fairing on the right hand side to get to them all. They were all very loose. Once I tightened them up and cleaned up everything I put 4,000km on the bike over the last few months and have had zero leaks.
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    Re: Oil Leak 2016 TTSE
    Reply #6 on: Aug 29, 2016, 09.37 pm
    Aug 29, 2016, 09.37 pm
    All of this bolt tightening sounds great but given this is a brand new bike with less than 10K miles on it, I would recommend taking it to the dealer for warranty repair.  You may want the issue of losing oil and loose engine bolts on the record in case an engine problem occurs after the expiration of the warranty and the problem may have been exacerbated by a loss of oil during the first year.

    Just my 2 cents. :158:

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    Re: Oil Leak 2016 TTSE
    Reply #7 on: Aug 30, 2016, 08.06 am
    Aug 30, 2016, 08.06 am
    Looking at the Section of the Service Manual that deals with tightening
    the lower crankcase bolts ater disassembly, it's quite a protracted affair,
    with two different sized bolts used, which each have to be tightened
    in a specific order to a specific torque, and then tightened again
    to the next torque setting, again in a specific order,
    so maybe that second stage tightening was missed at production ?  :084:

    In any event, with a new / low mileage bike it is certainly something
    that I would want to bring to the attention of the supplying Dealer  :169:

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