Originally posted by rvanderklok@Dec 14 2004, 08:45 PM
I use Shell synthetic chaincase oil from Canadian Tire. ($8 bottle) That's good for 2 fills. If you don't use a chain CASE oil, the oil can foam up too much inside the chaincase and POSSIBLY blow your seal. Also, before I put the chain case oil in, I always spray the chain with a high RPM chain oil. It comes in a spray can and is VERY sticky. That way it doesn't fly off the chain when it is spinning. I do this because if I EVER blow my chain case seal, I should be able to carefully (at lower RPM's) Limp the sled home without the chain drying out, heating up, and snapping. I have an older machine, so I ALWAYS have to be prepared for the worst! I think I break down every trip I take. lol
If you wanna know what a snapping chain is like.......it can be as minor as hearing a clunk and the machine just sitting there and not moving when you rev it up. or it can be as bad as the chain catching on the drive shaft binding it up and the machine comming to a dead stop. Or I've even seen snapped chains go through a chaincase and stripping the teeth off the gears causing about $400 damage.
That sounds crazy!!!
As for spraying the chain down, Thats a good idea. Castrol Chaiunlube for dirt bikes would probably work well.
I just bought some Castrol Synthetic gear oil at Walmart: $5.47 CDN/L. Pretty fair price. And I havent even bought a new sled. Talk about the cart before the horse : )
Sometimes I use non-synthetic Castrol as it left over from chaning the gear oil in the VWs : )