OK, i decided to start a new thread on this, as the other one had a non specific heading.
Here is what is going on. I'm losing oil out of the engine. We took it to the dunes this last weekend and ran it a total of about 8 hours. Before I left I changed the oil, and cleaned the air filter, as last time I ran it too long between oil changes and it was down almost a quart.
I thought I may have burned the engine up at that point, but it ran great this weekend, and the compression test we did before we left came back on the lower side, but in spec.
Here is a list of what has been done, and re-checked!
1. Oil was changed and filled about 8 riding hours ago.
2. Air filter was cleaned and changed same
*3 We did a compression check and it came back on the mid-lower side of the spec, but it was cold that day and i know did not warm the engine up, just cranked it over and took the reading.
4. We saw little to no smoke at the dunes in those two days.
5. There is no visible oil leak to the ground.
6. Air filter is a little dirty as to be expected after a weekend at the dunes, but dry and in the air box is dry
7. Power seemed to be very good the whole weekend
*8, there was one time that it seemed like it was running out of fuel (coughing and sputtering at full throttle) Checked and blew out the fuel filter and it ran good again.
9. Spark plugs looked to be the right color
10. I am running amsoil 4 stroke oil
a. It only has like 2.2 quarts in it, would a slow ring blow by cause that much smoke?
b. Could the oil be going into the something else, trans, etc?
I just do not want to burn up the crank, or get stranded with my family in the mountains. But i don;t want to throw money for new rings, pistons and a rebuild if I don't know the cause of the oil loss.
Any Suggestions would be appreciated!
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