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Hey has anyone had a problem with the motor leaking oil? I can't figure out exactly where it is coming from, but the right side of the motor has had oil on it. I drive about 90 miles a day on it when it is warm, i commute on mine, and it is going through about one and a half quarts every two to three weeks. any ideas?
 

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Some have had oil to leak out of their airbox on the right side.. here are a couple pictures of my airbox when I removed it.. the oil builds up at the X and will leak at the corner..



 

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Great pictures!

So is the oil that is getting into the air box supposed to be draining back into the engine through that drain looking deal to the left of the intake horns??
It just keeps collecting in the airbox... most are trying to stop it from getting in there... I replaced my airbox with the KewlMetal Performance Air Filter.. a little noisy but solved the problem of oil in the airbox plus stuff getting past the air filter...if you look close at the pictures I posted you will see grass inside the box and some about to get past the filter...I got a demo unit and someone had run it off the road....
 

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It just keeps collecting in the airbox... most are trying to stop it from getting in there... I replaced my airbox with the KewlMetal Performance Air Filter.. a little noisy but solved the problem of oil in the airbox plus stuff getting past the air filter...if you look close at the pictures I posted you will see grass inside the box and some about to get past the filter...I got a demo unit and someone had run it off the road....

Sounds like the test driver confused the Spyder with Can-Am's four wheelers :D

hmmmm, interesting. So where is the oil actually coming from?
 

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Crankcase breather hose....

Wow, it must have a lot of crankcase pressure to be putting out that much oil. I would guess after the rings are seated, blow-by would go down substantially, and thus the crankcase pressure. If not, maybe BRP would consider re-routing the hose?
 

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Found this nice You-tube install for the KEWL Metal filter. He did reroute the hose so the oil will go into the t-body directly. Good idea, but potential downside would be potential plug fowling if oil does not decrease over time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahRrWrs6k7E
I watched that video several times before I installed my KewlMetal Air Filter..made it a lot easier.. I'll be checking plugs later to see how everything is working out... ride safe....
 

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ok, this is what I'm being told by my dealer. They are telling me that the oil is coming from the air box. Basically that I am over filling it. They are telling me that the oil temp has to 80 degrees celsius to allow for expansion of the oil. Now i have been through the manuals that i have, and all of the literature that I have says the same thing. But it also says that if the motor is cold the oil lever should be about 1/2 way up the safe zone on the dipstick. I ask my dealer about this and they told me that when the engine is cold the oil should be just barely visible on the dipstick.
Now my question is who should i believe? After the dealer charging me almost $700 to tell me that I was causeing my problem, should I go off what they dealer is saying or the literature from Can am?
 

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ok, this is what I'm being told by my dealer. They are telling me that the oil is coming from the air box. Basically that I am over filling it. They are telling me that the oil temp has to 80 degrees celsius to allow for expansion of the oil. Now i have been through the manuals that i have, and all of the literature that I have says the same thing. But it also says that if the motor is cold the oil lever should be about 1/2 way up the safe zone on the dipstick. I ask my dealer about this and they told me that when the engine is cold the oil should be just barely visible on the dipstick.
Now my question is who should i believe? After the dealer charging me almost $700 to tell me that I was causeing my problem, should I go off what they dealer is saying or the literature from Can am?
I guess I'd call the Can-Am customer service number first.... to find out why a dealer would tell you to not fill per the owners manual, and second why the "repair" was not covered under warranty.
 

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leak back with a vengance.....

Well, I went out the other morning to go to work and had a puddle of oil under my spyder.... We are going to have to go visit the dealer again.... I'll let all know what the verdict is.
 

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the final story.... I hope

Well, after spending another day with the dealer, they finally acknowledged that there is an oil leak, and it is not because of something that i have done. The dealer took the air box off and cleaned all of the vent linkes, appartently they did not find any oil in the front lines, but they did find some in the rear ones. Also they did find one vent that was blocked with sealant, and they removed that, topped off the oil and added some dye to the oil. After all of this we might have the problem fixed, but we will see. At least if the leak comes back we might be able to track the source.....
 
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