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Old 04-09-2005, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I checked my oil today and the dipstick had this white stuff on the top of it. Any ideas what it is? I put synthetic in about 3500 miles ago and have been changing the oil every 4000, like the manual says. I couldn't figure out how to get the picture to work, but I put one under my profile.
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Old 04-09-2005, 11:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well, that LOOKS like white litheum grease. Still yet, water in the oil will turn white.
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Old 04-09-2005, 11:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Appears to be moisture.
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Old 04-09-2005, 11:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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As DUFF said, It sure looks like lithium grease to me!
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Old 04-10-2005, 12:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Its definitely moisture from condensation buildup, run the bike long enough to warm up thoroughly and it will disappear. This is a naturally occurring condition made worse by high humidity environments and is no cause for any real concern. Either that or your antifreeze is mixing with your oil somehow[[img]/emoticons/emotion-2.gif[/img]](just kidding, but the first part is true)
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Old 04-10-2005, 12:50 AM   #6 (permalink)
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its water alright. warm up your bike longer before riding out. it could also be due to never letting your bike fully heat up by taking very short rides.
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Old 04-10-2005, 01:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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What those guys said. My pilot buddies taught me about running long enough to burn off moisture out of the oil. 20 - 30 minutes is long enough. Longer is better, charges up the battery and better will last longer if its kept charged up. On the other hand you didn't really hurt anything either.
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Old 04-10-2005, 02:20 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I ride to work everyday and it's only about a ten minute ride, so that must be what's causing it. Guess I'll just have to go for a long ride tommorrow!
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I read the title of the topic and was hesitant about if I really wanted to know about white stuff on your dipstick. [:0]
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Old 04-10-2005, 06:58 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Definitely due to short rides. The cooling process condenses water vapor in the engine, forming moisture, which drains into the oil. This can lead to rust on engine components.Long rides are the answer,can cause long term damage.
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