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How to check oil level with opaque siteglass

I can't see thru my site glass how do I check oil level?

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Old 08-24-2017, 05:59 PM
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What, did you paint over it?? Why can't you see thru it, at least just see the oil level in contact with it?? You're not trying to read a newspaper thru it.

I'd just get a new one. They aren't that much for an after market one. Biggest prob is getting the old one out. There are several "how to's" on that. I think I'd squeeze the new one in with P-80, a socket, and a furniture clamp.
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they can get milky you need the sight glass to check it,
just replace cheap fairly easy to do.
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I've never seen a milky sight glass. Could be I suppose. However are you sure it's not milky oil behind the glass? Due to water?

You are talking about a BMW motorcycle, right? Because you've never posted here before...
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Ah, the love...

I have seen a couple of them go milky... usually due to the wrong "cleaner"...

Easy fix, as has been mentioned... takes a few minutes and about $25 (depending on the dealer) and you are back in business.

Kinda necessary.
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yeah ive seen 2 at least that were opaque.
but you are correct could be milky oil as well.
have you drained what is in there to see what the condition of the oil is?
in a oil head not really common to have milky oil,
drill a hole in the center of the old one to remove it.
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Mine was milky/opaque when I bought the S 15 years old w/ 60 K on the clock. Pried it out and replaced it first time I changed the oil.
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Hey, Manda Racing,

Here's some more luv for you:

Instead of the $25 site glass replacement, you could just drain the oil and replace it with the correct amount anytime you feel the need to "check" it.
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I'm trying to sell it(I upgraded)so it could be important to new buyer. New and oil change sounds like way to go.

Good input here, thanks.
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The new sight glass is (GLASS) .not plastic anymore. You need a special tool to replace it.
A socket will break it. They are like 35.00 a pop . I'd let BMW do it and pay the 1/2 hour labor.

They break it, they own it. They will say they need to drain the oil to do it. I brought a couple of
dollar store (Aluminum) drain pans with me . I had just changed the oil when mine started weeping.
They could have just leaned the bike to the right, that would have been to easy.
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yeah I just leaned the bike over drilled it out and used a long furniture type clamp to
carefully press the new one in .
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