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I just changed oil and filter tonight. I was trying to check the oil in sight glass but it's like fogged inside. I can't see the oil inthe sight glass. Is this a problem or do they all do this?If it stays like this I can't check the oil because I can't even see it. Anyone have or had this problem???
 

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Run the bike until it's warmed-up for 10 or 15 minutes; it should disipate the moisture and the sight glass should be easier to read.
 

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I've never seen this before. Could it be moisture? Was it humid or damp when you changed the oil and could any moisture have gotten into the system? I assume you tried cleaning the glass to make sure it isn't condensation on the outside so maybe take a hair dryer and "defrost" the sight glass - see if that helps.
 

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It looks like if you take a torch to glass? It's not like fog. Never seen it before.
After I changed oil I seen it then took out for about 20 minutes an stayed the same.It almost looks like glass thats aged 30 years in a old car??
 

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so it looks like it's burnt then. Hmmm. Can you try draining the oil and removing the glass? Wiping it clean. I think they unscrew, like a bezel ring over top of it. I can check the manual. What bike you have?
 

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It's new 2008 vulcan 900 custom. It still has 4or5 months left on the warranty
Maybe I should take it back to the dealer.
 

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I just got the bike out from the garage and changed oil. It only had about 1,200 miles form last oil change.
 

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yeah, if its that new let them deal with it for sure. Warranty should cover it if it's defective. But on the parts diagram, it does show it coming out Part #52005 - Oil Level Gauge. I mentioned draing the oil so you could save it and reuse it because you will lose oil taking the gauge out. Good luck
 

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My sightglass is a little dark, but I can still see the oil, escpecially if the oil is darker than new oil. After I changed it, it's always a little hard to tell what the oil level is because the new oil is so clear. Here's what I do:
- change oil
- sit on bike and level
- use my mirror on telescopic arm to see oil level
- if I can 't see anything, lean bike a litle to left, then right to see if there's a difference in how the sight glass looks. Every time, it's been spot on. The oil was simply clear and looked like there wasn't anything in there.
 

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Thanks for the info... I think I better take it to the dealer tomorrow. They sold me that high dollar kawasaki 10-50 oil. Let them play with it...
 

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Now after looking at it the glass looks white. I can now see the the oil in there but glass looks milky? The oil is fine It has enough oil in it.
 

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10-50? Usually 10w-40 or 20w-50 is what is recommended for a 900. Did you put in a full 4 qts? If so the oil is above the glass and you will have to tilt it. My dealer use to always put in the full 4 qts and I had to tell him to only fill till the oil is about mid way in the window (you should have about 6-8 ozs or so left over). From what I can tell it does not hurt the bike if a bit over filled (at least according to my dealer).
 

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Dealer told me it took 3.1 QTS I just checked it when it was level and the oil was right on the money.
 

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What do most people run inthere bikes? When bought and picked up the bike last year the guy inthe service dept said to run this oil. I will tell you one thing it's not cheap it's 8.00 dollars a QT.
 
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