The Oil Change: Motorcycle Maintenance Part 1

If you ride your motorcycle for pleasure or a daily commute you may want to keep it in top shape. keeping your ride in top shape means you have to do some motorcycle maintenance on it in this post I will be giving you some advice on changing your oil and on how much to use and when to change it and more so without further a due let’s get started when to change your oil,

When to change oil,

You should change your oil every year or at 3000 to 5000 miles to keep your bike in top running condition. the kind of oil  used dose matter you just don’t use any kind of motor oil in your bike use the right stuff if you eat right you stay healthy to think off your bike the same way and you will not go wrong in the next section I will letting you know about the right type of oil for your motorcycle.oil is like a cooling agent for your bike

oil change

What is the right oil,

Air-cooled motorcycle run extremely hot especially in hot weather so you will need a thicker oil For your maintenance a lot of owners think it’s fine to use car motor oil but in the long run, this will hurt your bike because it will cause the clutch to slip and damage your transmission so use theses types of motorcycle oils like mobile 1 4t 10w 40, cast oil 10w 40 are any 4t motorcycle types it will tell you on front of the bottle if it is for motorcycle

tool for the job,

you don’t need too much to many tools change the oil in your bike but here is a list that will help,

  • funnel
  • oil drain pan
  • socket set the goose up to3/4 to 19mm
  • oil filter and wrench
  • rags
  • oil dry in case of a spill
  • hammer case you need it please don’t get mad
  •  oil up to 4 quarts
  • if you have an internal filter you will need Allen key
  • and also a six-pack of beer

how to change your oil,

if you have a motorcycle jack it would be great but if not you will have to lay on the ground so first lay down some cardboard are something that you can lay on get your drain pan and place it under your bike where the plug is located then locate the oil plug find the right size socket that will fit your plug and use it to remove the plug make sure it is the oil plug some bikes have a couple of plugs underneath after you take the plug out check it with a napkin buy wiping the oil off on the napkin for flaky or milky oil on air-cooled bikes if it is flaky shows signs of metal to metal friction that should not be happening inside your motor.

If the oil is milky on a water-cooled bike means that the coolant is somehow getting in the oil if you catch these things early it will save you a lot of money ok back to the oil change

ok after all the oil drains out slide the pan under the filter and take filter wrench and turn it counterclockwise now remember some bikes have the internal filter down below is an image of the filter while getting the bolt free be careful because it is spring-loaded.now just keep turning until you get the filter off the bike.

Inspecting parts,

While your oil is draining you can take the oil plug and inspect the rubber sealing ring at the end of the oil plug to make sure it is in good shape I usually replace mine for preventive maintenance. then I take out my new filter and take a little oil and put it around the end of the filters rubber ring it helps it from tearing while on the bike.

now if you have an upward filter on your bike filling the new filter with oil will help it while running without oil in it

 

internal filter

Installing the new oil filter

before you put the oil filter back on your bike check the surface of the bike were your filter goes to make sure it is smooth and free of debris then take the filter and turn it clockwise till it is hand tight  then turn it another half turn to snug now your new filter is on next is the oil

filling the oil tank,

Ok now that we have the oil filter installed lets put some new oil in your bike first take the oil plug with your hand and screw it back in making sure you do not cross-thread it should be able to tighten up freely with your fingers after you get it snug with finger take a wrench and snug it up but not to tight or to loose

adding the oil,

ok, now that the plugs in you take your funnel and put it in the oil check stick hole and start filling your bike with oil 4 quarts in most bikes now that you have the oil in use the check stick to check your oil make sure it is not overfilled if it takes a little out and if there is not enough add some. then secure your dipstick and crank the bike let it run for a few minutes and check the oil again to make sure it is good.

conclusion ready to ride

ok you’re ready to ride and a hope you have safe journeys in your future remember your bike can only be as safe and reliable as you make it I thank you for reading my post and will have more coming in the future just check back on my website from time to time to see if you have any questions are concerns and I encourage you to leave a comment below


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