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Old 29th May 2008
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Default Slight leak from primary cover where it meets the engine

My 05 has 35,000 kms on it and has a slight transmission fluid leak where the chrome primary cover meets the gearcase. It drips about 2 drops per day, from the edge of the primary where it joins the gearcase, about 1" forward of the chain adjusting bolt.
I didn't think it was a big deal, but took it in as I figured it was a bad gasket.
My mechanic replaced the primary gasket and the shifter seal. He said "well the gasket wasn't torn, Sportsters don't leak usually". I didn't run it for 4 days as its been too cold/wet. I went out after 4 days and there were about 6 drops of oil from the same spot again.
This is apparently a good mechanic, but he says he can't figure it out as Sportsters don't usually leak. He's suggesting its coming from a bolt hole, or, the transmission (split case) is leaking and that can be expensive to tear down the motor. Or pourous metal! Like a glass of water sweating in the summer. He says the last 2 are rare.
I left it with him again for 3 days and he never had time to look at it! He wanted me to leave it for another week.I was so mad I rode off and didn't leave it with them. I think he's more concerned about the big twins then a Sporty.
I paid $163.00 for the (repair) that never got repaired. I will go back and speak with his partner in the office.
Has anyone else had this very slight leak from the primary cover area I'm speaking about?
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How about a pic of the trouble area?

Someone here will chime in.

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