You can save yourself a ton of money changing your own oil in your motorcycle; but even this essential maintenance task can sometimes be a pain to do. Luckily, we have a few ways to make this dirty job a lot easier, and we share them with you in this episode of BikeBandit Garage!
Changing your oil is probably the most basic and most important maintenance task you can do on your bike; but it can be a bit of a pain too. To help it go a lot smoother, we’ve got a few oil changing tips to share with you in this video.
One is to heat up the oil to help it drain out of the bike a lot faster, by running the bike for a few minutes first. But be careful, because when you do this, it makes it a lot easier to burn yourself! So here’s a tip to prevent that from happening: break loose the oil drain plug and oil filter first, that way when the engine is warm, you don’t have to struggle getting those scalding hot parts off. A lot more oil will come out, and it will drain much faster.
Here’s another helpful tip: if your filter boss or drain plug are located somewhere where they will drain onto exhaust parts (like the R1 in the video), you can wrap your pipes in aluminum foil first to prevent the oil from coating them. When you’re done, just remove it, crumple it up, and toss it. If you want to take it to next level, you can even bend the foil into a spout, so the oil drains right into your catch pan!
A third tip will help you get all the oil out of your engine, because even after draining, there is still a bunch gathered up in there. Here’s what you do: if you can set your bike up so that it will crank but not start (with a diagnostic mode, or by pulling the fuse for the fuel pump or ignition), your engine will crank out a bunch more dirty oil. Careful, cause a lot of it might shoot out! Once you’ve got it all out, clean with brake cleaner and a rag, and do the rest of the oil change as normal.
Check out the video to see all these helpful tips in action, so you can do your own oil changes quicker, easier, and cleaner than ever! That is, of course, unless you want to give all your money to the mechanics…
Learn to do it yourself, or, let these bros do it. Your choice!
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Do you have any tips for making an oil change on your bike easier? Let us know what they are in the comments!