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Old 04-19-2016, 09:18 PM
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Priming oil pump?

1997 S&S 96 cu inch engine. Had to pull my oil tank off to rewire the bike. I filled the tank back up. Took 3.25 quarts to fill to the brim. Cranked the motor over a bunch and I assumed the oil level would start to go down. It never did. I pulled the return line (from oil filter to top of tank) off and I'm getting no oil flow back to my tank. Am I missing something here guys? Is there a way to prime or bleed out the air? Or do I just need to keep cranking the bike over? Any help is much appreciated
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:02 PM
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Pull the plugs, select top gear, start pushing and watch the tank level. Pump needs to spin some and kicking or cranking is not going to work it out. Running saves the battery drain, and less spinning of 1000's of revolutions is just a few going on here to save engine parts.
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I always pull the feed line and make sure I have good flow from the tank no air pockets. While the hose is off I use an oil can to push some oil into the pump and then reconnect the oil line. I then spin engine with the starter with ignition off watching for pressure to build. Once it shows its making pressure its ready to start.
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priming oil pump

Unscrew the cap on the oil pump where the check ball is, and remove the check ball and spring. When oil comes out the top, your oil pump will be primed. If doing the push method, I'd squirt a little oil in the cylinders to make sure they don't run dry.
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