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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-20-2014, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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So just had my oil changed about a month ago on my ninja 250 2012. This morning I just checked it and with kickstand down, it shows at minimum level. When I sit the bike upright it gradually fills with oil but it appears to be a milky gray color and shows way over the fill line. Should I just go ahead and change the oil filter and oil? I don't have a leak anywhere but have no clue where the problem could lie.
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....Should I just go ahead and change the oil filter and oil?
Absolutely. Milky oil is a bad sign. A few culprits can be responsible.

1. Blown head gasket (How's your coolant level?)
2. Overflowing carbs (Petcock working properly?)
3. Water entering the crankcase via a vent or loose oil cap (Is the bike exposed to the elements or long periods of rain?)
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-21-2014, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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So I changed the oil yesterday and of course it was black. Bike unfortunately does sit outside seeing as I live on the 2nd floor of my complex. Now the engine seems to be making noise as if it is running with no oil whatsoever although there is plenty. No leaks or anything starting to worry myself as to what is up with my baby.
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So I changed the oil yesterday and of course it was black. Bike unfortunately does sit outside seeing as I live on the 2nd floor of my complex. Now the engine seems to be making noise as if it is running with no oil whatsoever although there is plenty. No leaks or anything starting to worry myself as to what is up with my baby.
Sounds to me like you may have had some condensation on the site glass, that led you to believe all the oil was contaminated. If there was water entering the crankcase, the oil would have stayed milky and not come out black.

Changing ambient temps can cause condensation to form on the oil sight glass. When oil touches it it turns milky. Once the engine is heated up, it goes away. As far as noise goes you may want to make your valves have been adjusted properly. Some valve train chatter is normal, especially on a cold engine. Just make sure the bike is level when checking the oil level and that you use the correct viscosity oil.
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i see a lot of bikes that are used (college town) that you can see a fog or moisture on the sight glass, if you take your bike down the highway or at least run it long enough to get the engine up to temp and cook the moisture out of the engine it should go away..........now if you run your bike for a while and your oil turns grey/milky then you may have problems...
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