I have a 99 Sportsman 335 A99CH33AA that I am doing some preventative and age related maintenance to and I have a new oil leak that puzzles me.
First question, what is behind this access cover?
I don't want to shoot myself in the foot by opening a Pandora's Box when I don't really know what goes on behind the cover plate.
The reason I ask is the machine is leaking oil from the hole the screwdriver tip is pointing out.
It spits a small amount of oil while running and perhaps a half dozen or so drops of oil will drool out from this hole after engine shut down.
I have looked at the various parts breakdowns for this area and I don't get a lot of information aside from there appearing to be a bearing and oil seal in that area.
Why is there a hole there?
Is there supposed to be something in that hole?
Is it as simple as opening the cover, replacing the oil seal and closing the cover again to get it to stop leaking?
Thoughts on why it suddenly started leaking?
Looking forward to the group's input.