Workshop Wisdom - Episode 3: Motorcycle Oil and Filter change

Jim Lindsay
By Jim Lindsay
jimlindsaybikes Lifelong bike fan. 12 month a year rider. Does not own a car. Former Editor of Motorcycle News. Fixes computers for a living. Rides a KTM RC8 R, Ducati 996, 1985 Yamaha FZ750. Likes spannering almost as much as riding.
Workshop Wisdom: Episode 3 - Motorcycle Oil and Filter change
In the third episode of our new #WorkshopWisdom series, Jim Lindsay shows us how to change your oil and filter

 

Nothing contributes more to extending engine life than regular oil and filter changes using high quality oil of the correct grade and a decent brand of oil filter. If you are just starting to do your own maintenance, it’s a good task to undertake. It’s not at all difficult provided you use the right tools and work methodically.

You need to start with the engine at working temperature, so make sure you warm the bike up outside or at least with the garage/shed door open. As a general rule, oil filters only ever need tightening by hand, the exception being on machines where there is insufficient room to get a good grip on the filter body, in which case, gentle use of the correct size filter spanner is required.

Final note – use good quality oil of the correct grade for your engine. Don’t use car oil and avoid cheap oil because it will cost you more in the long run.

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