It may be autumn (and nearly winter) but I have been able to sneak in a few riding days here and there. After a few of them, I started to notice oil spots on my garage floor. Uh oh.
Yesterday was a chilly but sunny day and I went out for a short ride. I thought I could smell burning oil and decided I’d better head for home and check things out. I parked the bike and put some newspaper underneath hoping I’d find nothing at all. Much to my chagrin, I quickly saw oil drops forming. Rats!
I only have a handful of tools and since I’ve been on my own (the boyfriend split, remember?) I have been dreading the day I had to take a wrench to Bella because, well, I don’t own many. Luckily for me, when I posted to a private Facebook group I belong to several people had ideas. One of the ladies offered to come by with her tools and take a look to see if we could diagnose anything before I gave my bike over to a repair shop.
We pulled the engine guard off and quickly saw there was oil leaking from the filter. Looking all over we didn’t see any other leaks, in fact everything else looks great. I admit I am both humbled and embarrassed by this experience. I had not done much investigating and don’t yet own the tools needed to even remove my own engine guard. My new friend was very kind and helpful, showing me her tool kit and making suggestions for where to start my own. We drained the oil, removed the filter and investigated some more. No leaks in sight! YAY!
The drain plug has been replaced, the old filter in on loosely for now and will be replaced as soon as a local shop opens and I can purchase one. In the meantime, I am going shopping for a basic socket set so I can replace that engine guard . . .
This bike has taught me so many lessons – that it’s ok to ask for help when you’re lost; to seek out advice on building a tool kit. To learn to be self sufficient but then share that knowledge with others so they can learn too. I’m grateful for the community of women riders who have welcomed me in and give so freely of their time and talents. I am truly blessed!