How to change motorcycle engine oil? - ELF

How to change motorcycle engine oil

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You realise just how important your engine oil is when you consider everything it does to keep your motorcycle operating smoothly: it prevents parts from heating up and getting worn by limiting friction, as well as cleaning the engine and protecting it against corrosion. Over time, the oil deteriorates and this impacts on performance.

You will need the following equipment to change your motorcycle engine oil:

  • Oil that is perfectly suited to your engine - of the right grade and in the right quantity. Use ELF oil to guarantee optimum performance for your engine.
  • Before using the product, the vehicle's service manual should be checked. Oil changes should be carried out in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Safety equipment, such as safety goggles and rubber gloves.
  • MA high-quality oil filter – refer to the service manual.
  • A socket spanner for the oil drain plug.
  • A special spanner for the oil filter.
  • A container for collecting the used engine oil, together with a funnel.
  • Newspaper (or paper towel) and rags.
  • An O-ring if necessary.

Steps to follow to change your motorcycle engine oil:

  • Get your motorcycle ready:
    To make your engine oil less viscous so that it drains out more easily when changing it, it is advisable to turn on your motorcycle's engine and leave it to run for 1 to 2 minutes. Then make sure your motorcycle is on a stand and place it on a flat and horizontal surface, with the engine switched off.
  • Change your engine's oil:
    Once you have found the waste nut (consult the service manual), protect the ground’s surface by spreading newspaper or paper towel on it. Position the container under the nut and make sure it is big enough to contain all of the oil that needs to be drained. Unscrew the waste nut using the socket spanner. Avoid touching it – it may be very hot.
    Make sure you do not drop the plug. Allow the used oil to drain out for several minutes. Once the reservoir is empty, carefully clean the drain plug and its seal.
    If the seal appears too worn, replace it with a new one, then screw the drain plug back in correctly.
  • Remove the used oil filter:
    Refer to the manufacturer's service manual in order to locate the oil filter.
    Make sure that the new filter that you are going to install is the same model as the old one – there are several types.
    You will therefore need to select the right tool for removing the filter, depending on what type it is. The filter is probably filled with oil – make sure that the tray is close at hand so that any remaining oil can be emptied into it. Then unscrew the oil filter using your filter spanner, taking care to remember how all of the components fit together so you can put it back together again once you have pulled it out.
  • Install the new filter:
    Before installing the new filter, clean the base of the filter at the point where it fits into the engine. Then apply a small quantity of oil onto the new seal with your finger in order to reduce the risks of leakage. Carefully tighten the new filter, but not too much.
  • Fill your engine with new oil:
    Before filling your reservoir with oil, refer to the service manual to find out exactly how much is required and what type of oil you should use. Once you have selected your ELF oil, use a funnel to fill the engine up to the maximum level on the gauge or window. Once you have filled it to the maximum level, screw the plug back in, making sure that you have not left any components on the ground.
  • Check the oil level:
    Allow the engine to idle for 5 minutes. Switch off the engine, check the oil level again and then top it up if necessary.
  • Dispose of your used oil at an appropriate centre:
    Under no circumstances should you dispose of the used oil in your tray by pouring it down the drain or by dumping it into the environment.
    The oil, together with the used filter, may be disposed of (usually completely free of charge) at a service centre or recycling centre.


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