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Chain oiler

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Post by jdpan » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:50 am

Is the chain oiler on a '52 pan supposed to quit dripping when the engines not running ??
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Re: Chain oiler

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Post by Bone Head » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:08 pm

I'd say that while it slows, you'd still get a drop or two at least. And as we all know, two drops on the floor looks like you've leaked a quart!

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Re: Chain oiler

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Post by 1950Panhead » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:28 pm

Is the chain oiler on a '52 pan supposed to quit dripping when the engines not running ??
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Yes, however there is oil on the chain, oil all over covers which continues to drip.
I shut my oiler off, spray chain lube through inspection before I ride.

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Re: Chain oiler

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Post by RooDog » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:01 pm

The MoCo never meant for the primary to be oil tight, back in them days it didn't matter marrking its spot was just a part of life, like spoiled food, polio, measles, typhoid, and smallpox. A slow controlled feed drip was preferred to a dry chain which would soon wear out and break. If any of this is truly a concern, then a switch to a good quality belt drive solves many maintenance issues.....
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Re: Chain oiler

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Post by Andygears » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:50 pm

I find the longer the ride, the longer it will drip once stopped. I use a large four lipped cookie sheet in the shop slid under when I get home.

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Re: Chain oiler

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Post by RUBONE » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:45 am

The oil getting into the crankcase oiler passage is only part of the story. On a standard OHV (Pan, Knuckle) the oiler tube is also the exit for the crankcase breather which means it is also gathering oil that condenses out of the vapor discharged from the engine adding to the issue as well as coating the inside of the primary with oily mist which collects and drips as well. Even with the chain oiler shut off there is a certain amount of oil discharged through the tube. A perfect design idea to keep the chain alive but not so good for cleanliness!

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Re: Chain oiler

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Post by Bone Head » Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:41 am

And on a brighter note, the "drips" and "leaks" may be why so much of the old iron isn't rusted into absolute junk.

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Re: Chain oiler

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Post by RooDog » Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:05 am

Andygears wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:50 pm
I find the longer the ride, the longer it will drip once stopped. I use a large four lipped cookie sheet in the shop slid under when I get home.

Same here, Even my Evo drips, and it's supposed to be perfect, NOT....
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