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Mine is leaking on the front timing belt cover as well. I pulled the cover off and the belt was dry. The cam seal must be leaking or something. Be careful if you remove the cover. You have to remove the exhaust to take it straight off. If you don't have the exhaust off you can only pull it away to inspect the belts. And if the edge of the timing belt cover touches the belts or tensioners you will deposit oil/grease onto them. So if you don't trust yourself, don't take the timing cover off.

How many of the rest of you have oil wetness along the front timing belt cover??
 

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Mine is leaking on the front timing belt cover as well. I pulled the cover off and the belt was dry. The cam seal must be leaking or something. Be careful if you remove the cover. You have to remove the exhaust to take it straight off. If you don't have the exhaust off you can only pull it away to inspect the belts. And if the edge of the timing belt cover touches the belts or tensioners you will deposit oil/grease onto them. So if you don't trust yourself, don't take the timing cover off.

How many of the rest of you have oil wetness along the front timing belt cover??
Just checked mine and I also have the same problem.
 

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It'd be nice to know what exactly is leaking. Either the crank seal or the cam seal. And if it ends up needing to be some sort of TSB call-out to the dealers since my guess is that it'll end up being a common problem. Oil on timing belts is never a good thing. I'm curious if it's one of those things that'll go away with age or if it'll get worse and worse.
 

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I guess I better get a call in to my dealer for an appointment, hopefully someone will post what the resolution is but it does seem to be a common issue if so many are already reporting it. I only went out and looked this morning after reading the post and sure enough there it was.
 

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Upon further inspection it appears the misting may be coming from a bolt with an odd looking head right at the front of the block directly across from the belt cover. I couldn't get any of my sockets to work on it, its at a very odd angle and may require a 90 degree socket to be effective but it does look like it may be the source of the misting.
 

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Checked on mine and had same. Wiped it off with towel, but seems to be mostly dust. Came off very easily and left no stain or residue. Going to clean throughly and see if anything reappears after putting on some more miles. If so, going to let dealer check it out at first service in 2 weeks.
 

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I just walked out and checked mine. I'm at 3700 miles, and there is definitely oil around the timing belt covers. They aren't as bad as the OP's photos, but I have the same thing. I'm swinging by the dealership tomorrow anyway, so I'll ask them what they think.
 

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Mine had oil dripping out of the cover and burning off the head gasket area for the first 550 miles. Removed the cover and found what appeared to be globs of grease inside. About enough to fill a 3rd of a thimble. Who knows how much was in there to begin with... I think the grease was melting and running out the cover. Gave everything a decent wipe down. I checked again after 700 miles from this weekend and found it only to be a very little moist inside. Would guess less that a drop hanging on the outside of the cover.
 

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Mine is having the leak repaired right now. The leak was noticed by the tech during the first service. The service team called Ducati and made arrangements to replace a seal. I will post more information when the repair complete. All warranty work.
 

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Likewise with the grease thing.. When I pulled my cover and stuck my finger up under it it was covered in grease, not oil. Is this something they did on assembly on purpose? I might pull my exhaust so I can remove the cover and clean it all out. Maybe it's not oil from the engine that is leaking.
 

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I stopped by my service department to drop something off and showed them the oil reside. The confirmed that there should not be any oil there at all. They didn't think it was urgent in that I had to leave my bike there at that moment and instead could continue to ride for now and drop it off when it was convenient, but they said it needs to be looked at.
 

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Hi, I went for my first service (freaking expensive, oh well it's a Ducati)

Oil leak coming from cam seal, dealer order the seal from Italy, I will return there in two week (waranty), tech said the oil is not dripping, so it's OK to ride.

Hope this help
 
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