: Engine oil leak

Stan S
12-04-05, 07:15 AM
I've developed a small oil leak on my 99 Concours. It appears to be coming from the bottom of the front engine cover. It's just a few drops on the floor whenever I park. I would like to replace the cover gasket. I have a service manual and it says to lower the engine cradle to allow clearance for the balancer to be removed from the engine. It looks to me like there is enough room without doing anything but removing the splash shield. Is anyone familar with this procedure that could help me out? They also mention a crankshaft holder to keep the crank from turning. Is there another way? Thanks, Stan

12-04-05, 11:57 AM
People have done it without dropping the cradle. The manual is based on the work being done in a dealer (or independent) shop. So a lift is assumed. As is a compressor and a variety of tools, including all the factory special tools. They are looking at the fastest net time for that environment.

We locked the hub by wedging a bar through the cutouts. Being careful not to damage anything.