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How to Change Your Motorcycle Oil Filter [Infographic]

How to Change Your Motorcycle Oil Filter [Infographic]

Authored By Mark Adams 0 Comment(s)

Changing the oil in your motorcycle is an essential part of maintenance that will help keep your bike on the road for years to come. However, if you don’t know how to do it, you may end up doing more harm than good. But, that doesn’t mean that you need to waste a bunch of money on a mechanic. Learning how to change oil in motorcycles is easy enough—with the right instruction. The infographic below details the basic steps you need to know for how to change oil in motorcycles. So, get ready to use some elbow grease and learn some of the basics of motorcycle maintenance. You can do this, you grease monkey you.

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  1. First, you need to warm up your motorcycle so that the oil will drain faster. Take it for a quick, 10-min joy ride. You can also just let it run while parked (but where’s the fun in that?)
  2. Next, clean out the dust, dirt, and other guck. If any of that makes its way into your new oil, it can damage your engine.
  3. Park your bike on a flat surface and place it on motorcycle stand. If you don’t have one, your kickstand will do just fine.
  4. Position the drain pan where it will catch all the oil as it drains. Monitor the pan and reposition if necessary.
  5. Next, you need to find your drain plug. If the sump is dry, it should be on the oil tank. If it’s wet, look on the frame or the engine. You might have to remove the footpeg to access it.
  6. Remove the oil port intake cap so that the oil drains out quicker and more easily.
  7. Now, take out the drain plug and let the oil drain into the pan. Reposition the pan, if necessary.
  8. Next, remove the oil filter either by unscrewing it or undoing the cover and sliding it off.
  9. Before adding the new filter, dampen it with some fresh oil.
  10. Clean the area for the new filter with a clean cloth.
  11. Add the new filter and replace any parts you removed to access the original filter.
  12. Once the oil is drained and the filter replaced, reattach the drain plug and any other parts you may have removed.
  13. Fill the oil port with fresh oil. Consult your owners manual if you’re not sure how much to use.
  14. Collect the used oil from the pan and recycle it.
  15. Your oil will need to be changed  every 2500 to 4000 miles, depending on the age and type of motorcycle.


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