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Old 11-09-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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Always double check your work!

So I have a great/ funny story for you guys...

Anyone ever do an oil change (or any maint) and just completely forget to tighten bolts because you got distracted?

Well... Did my first oil change on the bike (Trying out Rotella T6)... (No I don't care about your opinion on what oil I use).

Wait, lets fast forward... The next morning, I'm taking a 150 mile trip via the turnpike in Central Florida. About 40 miles in, I hit a toll, pay it and rip on it a little out of the booth. About 6 miles down the road, all of a sudden I notice a bit of smoke in the mirror... OH SHITTT what did I break now!! So I start getting over and brake it a bit only to find that if I touch the rear brake, it just locks up so I'm thinking the worst. I clutch it, get to neutral shut it off and coast to the side (not much traffic thankfully). I get off and look around the bike (rear is COVERED in oil) and then I saw the stream of oil flowing out of the drain hole... lol (facepalm).

So I start laughing while I call AAA because I have a membership and none of my friends have trucks. So they tell me my cycle isn't covered (no surprise there) and they call a flatbed anyways. $75 for the pickup and $4/ mi. So, I immediately look for the nearest autozone on my phone and see there is one 18 miles away... eff. So I start walking...

4.5 miles, 2 cop cars, 1 roadside service truck and 2 hrs later, the flatbed finally shows up (it's 90 degrees out and I feel like I was walking the desert).

Takes me to autozone, I get the bike off and run in to see if they have a drain plug (they did)... Re-did the oil TIGHTENED the plug/ oil and prayed it wasn't seized... Fired right up!

Instead of a $8000 piss, I only lost around $160 lol

Rewind, what did I do? Well, I hand tightened the plug, moved the pan out of the way so I could tighten the plug, stood up to get the wrench and realized I had to pee real bad... Never ended up tightening the plug all the way.......

Moral of the story? Always check your work! Hopefully you all can laugh at my expense and never make the same mistake.

Could have been a very expensive bathroom break but I got lucky!

-Andrew

(sorry, drunk, board, need to get my post count up lol)
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:05 PM   #2
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:08 PM   #3
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First of all, Rotella is a GREAT choice. Second, yeah...pretty much a fail, but the bike still runs and no one got any video. Big win!
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:26 PM   #4
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First of all, Rotella is a GREAT choice. Second, yeah...pretty much a fail, but the bike still runs and no one got any video. Big win!
Haha noone got it on vid... I would actually enjoy that.

A few Harley guys stopped actually, I was surprised.
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Adult diapers would have prevented this (near) disaster.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:52 PM   #6
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Adult diapers would have prevented this (near) disaster.
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When you hand tight the drain plug you though thats a nipple on a boob?? :-)) LOL
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Glad you and your bike are ok bro...
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:23 AM   #9
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Nice save. I know I've made mistakes working on bikes I'm not proud of.
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yep that happened to me once...but not exactly..i caught the oil dripping slowly on the floor, then checked the loose oil drain bolt and tightned it before anything bad would happen.
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