There are a number of regular maintenance tasks that you have to perform on your motorcycle in order to keep it functioning properly. One particular task is changing the oil. Here are a few tips or pointers that will help you complete this task on your own.
You have to realize that changing the oil in your motorcycle on a regular basis is a very important step. One of the many reasons why this is important is because it keeps a fresh supply of oil inside the engine of your motorcycle that will help to keep the inner components of your engine properly lubricated and functioning properly. Over time, oil will begin to thicken and break down due to the constant exposure to the intense heat of the engine. The oil supply will eventually dry up and your engine could be exposed to dangerous wear and tear if that supply is not replenished.
The type of oil that you use is equally as important as the number of times that you change it. Consult your motorcycle manual in order to make sure that you select the right type of oil for your bike. You should also make it a point to change the oil filter every time that you change the oil. A brand new filter will allow oil flow much better than an old filter, which is better for your engine in the long run.
Changing your oil doesn’t have to be a hard task to accomplish. In fact, it is actually one of the easier tasks that you will complete. You just have to make sure that you have the right tools and equipment to complete the job. One particular piece of equipment that you will want to make sure you have is a motorcycle stand. This will help get your bike off the ground so you have enough room to work. It will also keep the motorcycle completely upright to ensure that all old oil is removed from the motorcycle. Also, make sure you have a ratchet and socket set, an oil filter remover, a container that you can use to catch the oil as it drains, and perhaps some shop rags or something absorbent to clean up any oil spills that might occur.
The first step of changing the oil in your motorcycle is to remove the fairing screws in order to free up the fairing lowers. Make sure you get all of the screws. One thing worth mentioning at this point before you get too far into the task. If you’re not sure about any step of the process, be sure to consult your owner manual.
Once you have the fairing lowers removed (if equipped), then it is time to remove the oil drain plug. Locate it and select the right socket for the job. Loosen the plug and get the storage container in place for the oil to drain into. Make sure you complete this step otherwise you’ll have a big mess on your hands, and everywhere else! Let the oil drain until there is no more oil dripping from the motorcycle.
When all of the oil has drained, remove the old oil filter and prepare the new filter for installation. Place a thin layer of grease around the ring edge of the filter. This will help keep the seal properly lubricated and will eliminate any leaks due to dryness and cracking of the filter seal.
With the new filter in place, replace the oil drain plug and remove the oil container that you used to store the old oil. When you have the filter and drain plug securely in place, fill the motorcycle back up with fresh new oil according to the fill limits identified in the owner manual. Check the bike for any leaks once you have it completely filled. If there are no leaks, then you’re all done and you will have successfully changed the oil in your motorcycle.