Kawasaki ZX-10R.net - Reply to Topic
Thread: Gen 1: 2004-2005 leaky drain bolt Reply to Thread
Title:
Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki ZX-10R.net forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
07-27-2018 07:39 PM
blink.
07-27-2018 06:10 PM
Bottoms-Up Just install a race spec catch pan and put a little kitty litter in it, that will
hold you over for a while.
07-27-2018 05:41 PM
Otto Man If you have a K&N oil filter, it could very well be seeping oil and running down to the drain bolt and looks like the bolt is the culprit.
07-27-2018 04:13 PM
LDH
Quote:
Originally Posted by Porschenut View Post
Ahh, very good to know! I wonder if it's because motorcycle engineers are chasing lightweight over durability and the pans are cast thinner? If it's the case it definitely warrants more caution doing oil changes on bikes vs. cars.



It's because everybody thinks they are mechanic even though they wrench like a gorilla.
07-27-2018 03:57 PM
Porschenut
Quote:
Originally Posted by LDH View Post
For the record I have seen motorcycle oil pans cracked dozens of times from over-tightening the drain bolt. Cast AL pan gives up and cracks at the bolt hole instead of stripping the threads. If you keep turning the bolt and you get a quick thud just as it starts to get tight then goes loose again, it's usually a cracked pan.
Ahh, very good to know! I wonder if it's because motorcycle engineers are chasing lightweight over durability and the pans are cast thinner? If it's the case it definitely warrants more caution doing oil changes on bikes vs. cars.
07-27-2018 03:09 PM
LDH For the record I have seen motorcycle oil pans cracked dozens of times from over-tightening the drain bolt. Cast AL pan gives up and cracks at the bolt hole instead of stripping the threads. If you keep turning the bolt and you get a quick thud just as it starts to get tight then goes loose again, it's usually a cracked pan.
07-27-2018 02:57 PM
Porschenut
Quote:
Originally Posted by LDH View Post
Heli-coil doesn't do shit if the pan is cracked...
Yes, to clarify, the shop would be a pretty bad one if they went ahead with a heli-coil if the pan is cracked. Moreover, the OP wouldn't bother taking it to a shop after finding a crack in the pan after removal. I'm sure we'd all agree that the most likely cause of the leak is partly stripped threading.

Apologies to the OP for my abbreviated reply but it demonstrates my ignorance since the cracked pans I've seen were from lowered cars bottoming out. I can't recall seeing a cracked pan from over tightening and stripped threads were the result. I worked for a drive through oil change place in Uni so I saw more than a few leaking drain plugs during that time.
07-27-2018 02:11 PM
wheelz96 You can also smear RTV high temp silicone around crush washer for better seal at drain hole. If threads are bad you will be able to feel it when applying torque. Heli-coil will fix that as others said. Be sure your straight when you drill! Good luck!
07-27-2018 02:11 PM
LDH
Quote:
Originally Posted by Porschenut View Post
Ditto above. 1. Take off pan. 2. Deliver to a shop. 3. Shop puts a heli-coil in.

Heli-coil doesn't do shit if the pan is cracked...
07-27-2018 01:41 PM
Porschenut Ditto above. 1. Take off pan. 2. Deliver to a shop. 3. Shop puts a heli-coil in.
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome