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Old 13 Apr 2009
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Oily Boot

XT 600 Tenere 1VJ 1985
My left boot is getting oily on the top of my toe where it meets the gear change lever.
I assume I have got a knackered oil seal, gear change spindle area.
Can the seal be changed from the outside or is it an engine out job.
Any help would be appretiated cos I cant make it out from service manual

Thanks .. Smudge
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But the tricky part is getting the old seal out without damaging anything else. Pry very carefully with a small screwdriver.

Does not seem the cause, the gear change shaft is behind your toe, and unless you ride backwards, I do not see how oil could end up on your toe. To find location of leak: clean thoroughly. Spray with fine powder (talcum, etc). Ride for 30 minutes. Oil leak will clearly show up.
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There is an oil line that connects onto the bottom of the engine near the gear lever shaft. If the O ring inside the joint is the wrong size or worn it will leak.
I had a similar problem on my Tenere - I couldn't get the correct O ring and tried another which leaked when the engine was revved.
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Have you checked the little screw on the generator cover?
Or the big screw cap that covers the generator nut?

Two possibles that are a very easyy fix.


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Thanks Gents ... wow... the knowledge on here is spinechilling ... its nice that you are willing to share the knowledge too

I will give your suggestions a try and report back ... dont wait up though, I am night shift at the mo. not the best time to try anything too technical
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