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Old 09-02-2016, 08:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How Do You Check A Motorcycle’s Oil Level?



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Modern motorcycles are incredibly reliable, but they still require you to check a few things in order to keep them running at full potential. The engine oil is one of those items you should never neglect. After all, you don’t want to run your high-revving, manufactured-to-aerospace-tolerances, and extremely-expensive-to-replace engine without the proper lubricant, do you? Additionally, an engine’s oil can reveal a good bit of information about the condition of its internals to even a novice mechanic armed with a little information.

To actually check an engine’s oil level, take a look at its owner’s manual. Seriously, it’ll outline the specifics that the manufacturer recommends – and they do vary slightly from bike-to-bike. Still, the steps do follow a rough pattern.

Make sure the engine is warmed to operating temperature. After turning it off, allow the oil to drain down from the top end by waiting a few minutes. Bikes with a sight glass require that you hold the bike level – either from the saddle or beside the bike – look at the window conveniently located on the bottom of the engine to make sure the oil level is between the two marks on the case. (Tip: If your bike has both a centerstand and a sight glass, measure it the above way and then compare it to the level shown while on the centerstand. This way you can use that level as reference so can check the oil level when it’s parked on the centerstand in your garage.)

For engines with a dipstick, check your owner’s manual to make certain how the stick is to be inserted for an accurate reading. Usually, you will wipe the stick and insert it into the case until it makes contact with the filler plug’s threads. Be sure the plug is straight and the bike is level or you may get an inaccurate reading.

If you ride your bike regularly, you should check its oil at least weekly. If you ride infrequently, consider checking before every ride. With regular checks, you are more likely to notice symptoms of little problems before they get bigger.
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All that needs to be said is follow the procedure outlined in the manual. For those that don't read or refer to the manual, there is no appropriate direction.
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Just stick your finger in the hole. If the oil tastes clean ,then stick your finger back in for another slurp. If the oil tastes burnt come back another day when the oil is clean again.

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Just stick your finger in the hole. If the oil tastes clean ,then stick your finger back in for another slurp. If the oil tastes burnt come back another day when the oil is clean again.

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The benefit of this method is that you can check for other problems at the same time.
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I don't trust the dip stick. if the bike calls for 4L then I drain it all and fill empty containers. If it is not 4L then I add and pour back 4L. sure beats guessing with a dip stick level as per the manual.
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I don't trust the dip stick. if the bike calls for 4L then I drain it all and fill empty containers. If it is not 4L then I add and pour back 4L. sure beats guessing with a dip stick level as per the manual.
That is insane

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I don't trust the dip stick. if the bike calls for 4L then I drain it all and fill empty containers. If it is not 4L then I add and pour back 4L. sure beats guessing with a dip stick level as per the manual.
I do that every morning. But it takes four hours to drain my oil. It sucks.
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