The Dreaded Left Side Oil Leak - Help A Newbie Out
Dear fellow Rebels,
Recently I acquired my motorcycle license. Ever since I started getting lessons I bought a 1987 Honda Rebel which has since been stalled in my parents garage. When my friend drove it back for me around 7 or 8 months ago we already noticed a minor oil leak, but I stalled the bike in my parents garage and haven't looked at it since. Since getting my license, I was obviously stoked to ride the bike so I figured I'd take a look at it.
The lady whom I bought it from vaguely mentioned something about her possibly putting in too much oil. We drove it back anyways without draining it, with the little understanding of engines and bikes that we had. Anyways, I check the oil in the engine a week ago and it was completely overfilled. I hoped that the pressure on the engine hadn't done too much damage so I drained the engine and put in fresh oil. Besides that I replaced the battery. She started and off I went. Sadly, though, the oil is still leaking and it's quite a serious leak. It's not thát bad, but I do want to fix it (obviously).
First: a disclaimer. I have no knowledge on engines or motorcycles in general. I'd consider myself fairly technical in the practical sense, but I have no education in anything technical nor do I have any experience with working on engines, despite being very interested in it. I just didn't grow up in a technical environment, despite having interested in it. I figured my Rebel is a good way to start.
Upon learning that too much oil can cause too much pressure inside the engine and blow out the gasket seals, I figured this would be the problem of my Rebel too. I now want to fix it. With the outlook that I won't be in work the coming weeks due to our beloved friend the coronavirus, I figured I'd use my time to do some research and try and fix the bike.
However, after looking all over YouTube and making my way through the Honda Rebel Manual, I have some questions that I need answered in order to get ready to fix my bike. I was hoping some of you could help me out here. I know it may seem lazy but I've done quite some research, also in the manual, but it's kind of Sumerian to me, considering I have zero experience with these things. I'm sorry guys.
I was wondering what the sizes are of the following items that I need to fix the bike:
- What size flywheel puller should I get to get the flywheel off?
- I was wondering what the sizes are of the oilseals that I assume need replacement are:
There's one that goes around the started gear and another larger one that seals the actual engine, behind the flywheel
- Is there any other lubricant, like besides WD-40 that you guys suppose I should get? What are handy lubricants and tools in general that I should get to work comfortably on my bike.
- Are there any other things that I should look at while I have the flywheel off, etc.?
- Is there any way to get the stuff that I named above from a European dealer? I've been looking around on the internet but it seems kind of hard to get the right size flywheel puller somewhere in Europe. It seems as though I'll have to pay a lot of shipping to get these parts from seperate dealer. Maybe there's someone on here that knows of a European importer or whatever? I'm located in The Netherlands.
It'd be absolutely lovely if someone could help me out with these questions. Maybe there's someone who has experience with fixing this leak that could give me some advice. As I said, I have studied some video's on YouTube but not all of them are clear enough for a newbie like me. Cheers in advance!