In a previous blog post, I explained how to change the air filter on your dirt bike.
Today it's gonna be the oil and oil filter.
The nice thing is that it's not all that different from changing the oil and filter of a car. All the regular procedures are the same.
First things first!
You definitely want to gather your supplies before you start the process.
You're gonna need:
- Owners Manual
- Race Stand or Wheel Chock
- Correct Oil Filter
- Correct Oil for your vehicle
- Oil Pan
- Ratchet set with properly sized sockets
- Paper Towels
- Disposable Gloves
- Flat Head Screwdriver (optional)
So the first thing you need to do is check with the owner's manual to see where your oil filter is and what type you're going to need and what oil as well and how much.. (Just so you know, we probably have them here in our store!)
You're going to begin by unscrewing the drain plug on the bottom of the bike. This should be universal since oil naturally pools on the bottom of the oil pan due to gravity. So it's just logical that it would always be on the bottom of the vehicle.
Before you unscrew, make sure your bike is secure so it doesn't topple over or go rolling away.
Now is also the time to put those disposable gloves on, unless you like getting oil all over your hands.
(My wife likes it when I do, but that's just her!;)
Once the drain pan is in place, go ahead and unscrew and set aside the plug.
Once it stops flowing, now you can unscrew the bolts holding your oil filter. The reason to do it this way is so that ALL of the oil comes out. So once you take the oil filter out (again, check your owner's manual for placement and type) let it sit for a minute or so just to be sure that all the oil is drained.
Next, rescrew the drain plug and be mindful of the amount of torque you need to apply. The owner's manual will tell you. Too much can strip the threads and too little can cause it to become loose. Nobody wants that!
The oil filter might have a spring. If it does, set it aside and keep it clean. You'll need to reinstall it with the new filter.
Set the old oil filter aside, on a paper towel unless you have one of the fancy drain pans that have a mesh cover. If so, set it on that to drain fully.
When you go to seat the new filter, put a little oil on the surfaces that will be sealing it in. The rubber parts specifically.
If you do have a spring and it's loose, use a little bit of grease to keep it in place. If it's corroded, stop what you are doing and get a new one before continuing.
Come back once you do that... I'll wait.
Okay that's enough time!
Once the oil filter is in place, reseal it again with the amount of torque that the owners manual specifies.
The vehicle should now be sealed back up and ready for new oil.
Unscrew the oil fill area, and only put in as much as the owner's manual recommends. Most Dirt Bikes don't take a full Quart, but that's why they have the marks along the side of the oil bottle, so you can tell how much you're using.
It's a really good idea to use a funnel of some sort. We do have some really good ones in our Store Front, fyi.
Once you have enough oil, put the cap back on and start your engine. Run it for about a minute.
Shut it off and check the oil level with the dipstick (usually on the oil fill cap)
Wipe the oil off it first, then place it back in the hole without screwing it in. Once you take it back out, That will be the correct reading.
Reseal the cap and you're done!
Now wasn't that fun?
Just a reminder, there are a lot of Dirt Bikes out there by a lot of different manufacturers. While there are certainly some constants, always check with your owner's manual for the correct information before you start any maintenance.
Of course, if you really don't want to do it yourself, we do offer the service here in our shop!
If you need help, feel free to call us at (248)332-2440.
Have a great day out there!
See ya soon!
(BTW, This post is only for informational purposes only and Magic Motorsports does not assume any liability for any or all losses, damages or injuries that may occur if performing these actions as described.)