Leaking something, not sure what, or from where?
I have a 2001 Honda Rubicon TRX500FA. Recently discovered that it is leaving some oily looking deposits on the ground after a ride (and most likely during the ride too, cause I wiped it off the skid plate and bottom chassis the other day). I don't know where it's coming from though, or what it is? I suspected front drive shaft/seal, but after wiping it clean after inspection and re-riding it again, it was still dry there. The substance leaves drops about the size of a dime, in several different spots, near the oil drain plug and forward from that area, and not in the same spot - ie. the cardboard I leave under the atv after the ride has a few drops in different areas. The substance is an oily texture, kinda has a strong smell, and in this case has a greyish/blackish color to it...
Coolant reservoir appears to be normal at both cold and hot engine temps. Oil dipstick comes out looking clean, and not smelly. Oil drain plug and oil filter area is dry and too far from the oil droppings. A mechanic I asked thinks it might be radiator overflow tube dripping when engine is hot. I have heard cooling fan turn on before, but never received any warning lights on dash either. Could it be brake fluid?
Anyone got any ideas for me to check out?
2001 Honda Foreman Rubicon TRX500FA