Oil pump question
I have a 700 xc sp and I just caused myself some grief. I'll spare you a lot of reading in describing how I did it, it's a long story that begins with a broken pull rope.
Anyway, my problem is that I have broken the machined ring that surrounds the oil pump drive shaft. It is a machined part of the pump housing itself and I don't believe it has any functional purpose related to actual driving / pumping of oil, I think it simply holds the pump concentric in the bore of the recoil cover. The pump drive shaft still turns nice and smooth and I can place the ring back in the exact location it was when it broke and nothing interferes. My question is...how serious of a risk am I taking if I try to hold the ring in place with some sort of bonding agent and put the pump back in and run it? My guess is that if the bond doesn't hold, even though the bolts should hold things pretth stable, there would be some vibration on the drive shaft which could cause the shaft seal to leak? I don't know, I'm curious what others thoughts are. A new oil pump will run close to $200 which i would like to avoid if possible but not at the risk of more serious damage.