How to change the oil on your motorcycle
Whilst changing my oil for the first time this year, I thought it might be useful if you guys know how to do it on your own saving a few more pennies to spend on getting out and about on your two wheels.
First off go for a ten minute spin around the block...any excuse ;-)
Step 1: Be a mechanic, have all your tools close by. Get away from the kids and wife and put on those tunes. Here's a list of what you will need:
- New oil
- New oil filter
- Drain Pan
- Drain plug washer
- Oil filter wrench
- Needle nose pliers
Step 2: Remove the oil filler cap which is usually made of black plastic, with a raised twist tab. You can use needle nose pliers if it's a bit tricky to get to.
Step 3: Using the socket wrench remove the drain plug which is located on the underside of the oil pan. Word of warning the oil might still be hot!
Step 4: The crush washer is designed to deform under pressure which helps seal the oil drain plug. After each oil change this needs to be replaced.
Step 5: The drain plug is normally magnetic and it is normal to see grains of metal stuck to the end of the plug, just get an old rag and wipe it clean.
Step 6: Now unscrew the oil filter using the oil filter removal tool. When removing the filter make sure the O-ring comes off with it.
Step 7: Unscrew and remove the plastic mesh filter from the side of the engine case and give it a quick clean, again, with an old rag.
Step 8: Spread a dab of motor oil around the top surface of the oil filter. Make sure the new o-ring that has came wit the filter sits snugly. Do not use a tool to screw in the new filter, if you do you risk over tightening the filter and risk damaging the o-ring.
Step 9: Now, once all the old oil has drained. Screw back in the oil drain plug, with a new crush washer, and the plastic mesh filter back into the case.
Step 10: Measure out your oil and use the funnel to pour in the new oil. You can find out how much your bike needs by looking in the owners manual, I would only fill up 3/4 of the way as you don't want to over fill!
Step 11: Screw on the filler cap and switch on your engine and let it run idle for about 10 minutes and then shut it off.
Step 12: Wait a minute and check the oil window on the side of the crank case, if the oil is below the centre line just top it off.
Then there you have it you have successfully changed your oil! Go on celebrate with a beer whilst watching some of the MCE British Superbikes ;-)
15.02.2012 - Big Ed