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May 6th, 2004, 06:46 PM   #1
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Oil drain plug micro filter - damn! It broke!

I was removing my oil plug last night (counterclockwise) on my 1998 FC501 and it seemed "stuck", so I gave it a little extra elbow and it came out fine...but only after it broke the pencil-shaped oil screen that sits inside the drain bolt and extends into the case. Since this was my first oil change with this bike, I was suprised to see something there (never had a bike like this).

Long story short, the screen is STILL inside the engine, almost as if it's stuck into something on the left side of the bike (within the case).

Am I supposed to pull it out with needle nose pliars? Since it's broke, do I have to replace it before I start the engine, or is it ok to ride without it (since most bikes don't even have this added protection in the first place). Need advice from anyone who has changed their own oil. Thanks!

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May 6th, 2004, 07:03 PM   #2
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I would try to pull it out with needle nose plyers. It's only helt in by an o-ring on each side. I would not start or ride it without the screen.
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Per Mr. Berger it will just pull out with needle nose pliers as you suggested. The metal screen between the plastic is very fine mesh. You may want to order a couple extra just in case. My favorite way of cleaning them is to spray with Simple Green and use a cotton swab (q-tip) to rub the inside of it to help loosen any stuck metal particules. Then thoroughly rinse with water and dry.

Another good reason to change oil often is so you can keep that screen clean and the oil flowing.
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Ok, thanks guys. The part is on order, so based on your advice of not riding it until the screen gets delivered, I guess this weekend is out for riding! .....if only I lived in California where you can ride all year!

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Re: Broken Oil Screen

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.....if only I lived in California where you can ride all year!

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Well only if you are immune to heat stroke. The desert season in southern California is quickly comming to an end. The tempratures in the dez have already hit over 100 degrees. We have to watch weather.com intently for a break in this heat but riding season may be over until October. When the rest of the Country is just comming into the riding season we are done. Summer is tear down/rebuild time.
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One more note on the screen. Do not use carburetor cleaner or anything like it for cleaning the screen. It will make the screen brittle and cause the o-rings to harden and break.

By the way, it is over 100F here as well already. You just have to ride by 5:30am and finish by 9:30am. Night riding is popular as well although in the summer it is still over 100F at 10:00pm.
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