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post #1 of 12 Old 12-01-2010, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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chaincase oil.

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Took my sled out of storage and pulled the chain case dipstick to find there is no oil in the chain case maybe a small amount just at the bottom of the dipstick.

Doesnt look to be any oil around or under the chain case. My question is where can the oil be going. I believe it should take about 8 oz for this sled. Just picked up this sled this summer and havent even put any miles on it.

hopefully it doesnt have any serious problems.
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Was it empty when you bought it? Drain any remaining fluid out, the pull the cover off and inspect everything, give it a good once-over.

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The sled only has 1000 miles on it. I thought with this low of mileage I shouldnt have any bearing troubles quite yet. Over time will the oil in a chaincase get lower. ie. Just by lubricating bearings gears etc.

Does this sled take 8oz.
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Either the oil was never there in the first place or it leaked out. I'll go with it leaked out. The chaincase is very simple. 2 halves sealed with an o-ring type gasket,a couple bearings some sprockets and a chain. The most likely places I can think of for there to be a leak is the following:

1. Leaking cover gasket
2. Leaking drain plug
3. Leaking through or around lower bearing
4. crack in chaincase

The oil capacity of a non-reverse chaincase is 8 ounces.
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I agree, im sure it just leaked out and previous owner did not check it. is the drain plug still screwed in?.. Unbolt the cover and take a look at the chain and everything (always good to do every now and then). Only 1000 miles you should not have any problems. Just do a quick check of everything including chain tension then replace cover and put fluid in. Just keep an eye on it. No big deal.

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Could be a driveshaft bearing failure. Pull the cover and check everything

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The sled only has 1000 miles on it. I thought with this low of mileage I shouldnt have any bearing troubles quite yet. Over time will the oil in a chaincase get lower. ie. Just by lubricating bearings gears etc.

Does this sled take 8oz.
I thought the same thing with my 03 F7 w/ 1100 miles, but I knew the 03's were prove to the lower bearing cracking. Good thing I checked, the bottom bearing was cracked, replaced with the updated bearings (top & bottom).

Yes, 8oz for non-reverse F7's.

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I thought the same thing with my 03 F7 w/ 1100 miles, but I knew the 03's were prove to the lower bearing cracking. Good thing I checked, the bottom bearing was cracked, replaced with the updated bearings (top & bottom).

Yes, 8oz for non-reverse F7's.
how did you see your bearings? i have reverse and think i have a similar problem but when i took the cover off i cant seem to see the bearings, do i need to start removing gears or not?
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Yes, Bearings are behind gears. Held in by a cover with 3 bolts...
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