Harley-Davidson Recalls 45,589 Touring Motorcycles Model Year 2017 For Potential Oil Leak

The touring models affected all feature the new Milwaukee-Eight platform. A clamp used to secure the engine oil cooler line may have been improperly installed with a potential for the line for being detached and creating a sudden loss of engine oil. Oil on the rear tire also may result in loss of motorcycle control, increasing the risk of a crash. The FL bikes concerned by this recall are: Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Police Road King (FLHP), Road King (FLHR), Road King Special (FLHRXS), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), Road Glide (FLTRX), and Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) motorcycles. Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the oil cooler line clamps, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 6, 2017. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0170. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number is 17V333000.

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36 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Recalls 45,589 Touring Motorcycles Model Year 2017 For Potential Oil Leak”


  1. 1 Dante's 9th Jun 3rd, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Improper installation . Yet anther example of ” Make America Great Again ” by the leader in corporate cronyism

  2. 2 BobS Jun 3rd, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I think we’re going to continue to see a lot of recalls from several manufacturers. I find a potential install error, which is easily corrected, much less worrisome than a design flaw.

  3. 3 Chasra Jun 3rd, 2017 at 9:45 am

    @ Dante’s 9th

    So, this is Trumps fault? Moron

  4. 4 Patrick Jun 3rd, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Trump.has a severe narcissistic personality disorder and is ready to lie about anything for more fame, and wealth. Elected by low IQ people…. for the benefit of rich people. Soon impeached?

  5. 5 Boots Jun 3rd, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I don’t understand. This was a clamp that was improperly installed on over 45,000 motorcycles.
    Where were the supervisors or the quality control personnel? I can understand when the manufacturer uses a new part and a problem arises from its use but having workers installing parts improperly and nobody catches on after 45,000+ motorcycles are manufactured? This is not good!

  6. 6 marcus Jun 3rd, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    The part was likely installed “correctly” as specified by the engineers that designed the production process. That is, everyone thought it was being installed correctly until someone realized that the part was not designed for the way they were using it. HD likely brought in the part vendor’s engineers after several failures who informed them it was incorrect. HD is lucky this time. It is an easy and cheap fix, unlike the ABS brake issue which is still under investigation. That one could cost them millions.

    The Milwaukee Journal, among other publications, is reporting approximately 57,000 bikes affected. I have seen it both ways (maybe overseas bikes?).

  7. 7 BobS Jun 3rd, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Boots the way these things usually work is that some of the 45k bikes made have been discovered to have had the part improperly installed so they recall all of them to the dealer to check the part. Quite likely most of them roll out in 2 minutes with no correction needed because the part was installed properly on most of the 45k. The only way to find the few with the fault is to bring ‘me all back to be inspected.

  8. 8 Breeze Jun 3rd, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    It does show one thing.
    46,000 bikes isn,t much of a statement in sales, for their most popular models.

  9. 9 Fzzzz Jun 3rd, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    For the kind of dough for a Milwaukee 8 they can’t put on or tighten a clamp properly? Does Yamaha or Honda do stuff like this?

    Come on….try harder.

  10. 10 Roberto Jun 3rd, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Look at which company had the most recalls in the last 10 years. It ain’t HD.

  11. 11 Paul Jun 3rd, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Patrick. Trump may be full of himself but at least he is trying to improve this country and put people back to work. Sounds like the low I. Q folks voted for Miss Entitlement of 2016, hoping there entitlement checks would increase. The only business your candidate was in was the peddling of influence and access to the government. Talk about low I Q. Look in the mirror.

  12. 12 SYF Jun 3rd, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Can you anti-Trump douchebags please leave politics out of our motorcycle page?
    I get enough of that BS from our so called news.
    The guy hasn’t even had a chance yet, but everyone is talking impeachment? Get a life.

  13. 13 Greg Jun 3rd, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Donald Trump is such a pariah figure that companies want zero association with his brand, Even Harley-Davidson…

  14. 14 JohnnySpeed Jun 3rd, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    I can’t believe there’s still idiots out there defending trump.lol No wonder the country is going down the toilet.

  15. 15 ozzie21 Jun 3rd, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Hose clamp = Trump….really?
    Anywaaayy…..There have already been a few recalls and I’m sure this one isn’t going to be the last. Although the riders that have experienced “a sudden loss of engine oil” and whatever else happened after that are probably quite pissed and might have some interesting stories related to that, at least this time this one is a relatively easy fix.

  16. 16 Chris Jun 4th, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Potential oil leak on a Harley!
    How unusual…..

  17. 17 Donald Robinson Jun 4th, 2017 at 7:05 am

    For a long time, and I’m 65, it has always seemed to me to be a bad idea to buy the first year of anything mechanical. Just an observation. Don

  18. 18 Wayne Jun 4th, 2017 at 7:16 am

    All you libtards bangin’ on Trump can go fuck yourselves. If this gets me banned on this page too damn bad. You maggots can’t leave your political bent out of the one place where many of us find enjoyment. GFY!!!

  19. 19 Tony Davidson Jun 4th, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Buy Indian motorcycle

  20. 20 Calif Phil Jun 4th, 2017 at 9:47 am

    SYF nailed it. I love Harley Davidson bikes. I love the USA and I’m great full for a president that puts America first for a change.

  21. 21 BobS Jun 4th, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Welcome to America Wayne. In case you’ve been gone the last eight years this is how shit works now. We try and have a nice motorcycle discussion and people gotta bend and spin everything into a reason to complain about the president. Thanks Obama. Knowing the liberatives and conserverals like I do it’s only going to get worse. Better learn how to scroll ’cause this bed has been made for a long time now. From here on expect each side to continuously try to “one up” each other with the insults and how offensive those insults are. Exhibit A: Ted Nugent and Kathy Griffith. Ignoring both is your only path towards sanity.

  22. 22 Johnny Gypo Jun 4th, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Are Ted and Kathy really dating?

  23. 23 Gym Jun 4th, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I recall my AMF Harley potentially never having anything other than leaks.

  24. 24 Hillbilly Jime Jun 4th, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Going down the tubes? Looked at the stock market this year?

  25. 25 Xenu Jun 4th, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    A loose hose is no disaster. I’d say things are terrific now.
    In the 60s, the local HD dealer on India Street had rows of new bikes, each one with its own oil puddle.

  26. 26 evo80 Jun 4th, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    If I remember right mine had a automatic chain oiler back then and if not shut off it marked its spot.

  27. 27 Aaron! Jun 4th, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Speculating about the true nature of the issue is easy
    Having worked in manufacturing it is easy for a defect to slip through
    That being said, after 114 years making motorcycles, and the volume they do, it points to sloppy quality control
    Somebody somewhere is always trying to pinch a few pennies and this is usually the outcome
    They usually factory in things like this and gamble on a potential loss

    For example, remember the Ford Pinto and its exploding gas tanks? Internal Ford memos showed they knew about the issue but decided settling a few lawsuits would be cheaper than a recall to ensure safety

    Oh and Trump and his supporters are buffoons
    If you think he gives a shit about you, why is he so hell bent on cancelling your health care?

  28. 28 rebel Jun 4th, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    i’d rather have a leaking but fixable HARLEY than any other and i’d take TRUMP on his worst day than any of Hilly’s best

  29. 29 Methuselah Jun 4th, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Politics: gives me more laughs than anything these days. And no place better than a H-D and custom oriented site with a worldwide audience. Thanks, Cyril.
    One thing seems certain: with the massive polarization that exists, one “side” will have egg on its face in the next few years.
    My bet is that the forward motion of inertia enables Drumf to slide through his first (& only) term. He’s too proud & egotistical to quit and his 30% are steadfastly wedded to his brand of…. salesmanship. The world winks, nods and holds its breath.
    H-D also has lots of positive inertia. They’ll fix the oil clamp and sell some more accessories while the customer waits. Their QC has improved a lot over past 2 decades, so a setback once in a while is no big deal.

  30. 30 burnout Jun 4th, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Sooooooooooooooo the oil leak IS a political issue? Shaking my damn head. peace

  31. 31 X HD Rider Jun 5th, 2017 at 10:11 am

    sure wish they would’ve shown the clamp. Bad quality control for sure. Guess the robot didn’t know it was bad

  32. 32 Doc Robinson Jun 5th, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Way too many Harley-Davidson haters infest this blog. And now the liberals come on board whining and moaning. Why not move to Canada like all the celebrities did? Oh, wait, they didn’t actually move after all.

  33. 33 1550tc Jun 6th, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Doc come on get real !!!!

    Why not move to Canada like all the celebrities did?

    You take them down under, were full up here LOL …..load up those aircraft carriers asap!!

    re calls been around since Adam f -ked Eve……..its all part of manufacturing

  34. 34 Charles from MA Jun 6th, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Exactly, JohnnySpeed. Conservotards, unfortunately, have infected the American-made motorcycle world. There are a number of reasons for that, one of which is that their Saint Ronald Reagan (who couldn’t get himself a job as a Repub Congressional page boy these days), Saint Reagan pushed the anti-helmet movement as an example of “freedom”. Now, I’m not endorsing or opposing helmet laws, just saying that Reagan used the controversy to further his career. Now, Trump is the new hero of the mc right wingers. Guys, you can have him. After he’s impeached, hire him to speak at motorcycle rallies.

  35. 35 Chris Jun 7th, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Ugh, please kill the political rants. If I wanted to be aggravated by that crap, I’d turn on the news. Nobody is going to change anybody’s mind by bloviating on a motorcycle blog so save it, please.

  36. 36 Hobo tom Jun 11th, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I thought men/ women or people with integrity stand up and admit a mistake?

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