Motorcycle Oil Change.




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Today Im going to show you how to properly change the oil on your motorcycle. For this instructable, we are going to use my 2011 Yamaha FZ8. Please consult your owner's manual for proper oil change and filter schedule.

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Step 1: Materials Needed

Here we have a photo of materials needed for our oil change. One very important piece of equipment is a rear paddock stand. These can be had fairly cheap at a local motorcycle accessory store. I picked mine up for about $40. If your bike comes equipped with a center stand then you wont be needing the rear paddock stand. I also decided to use full synthetic oil for this instructable since it is a bit better than your regular motor oil.

Step 2: Oil Cap

Then unscrew your engine's oil cap so that air can pass through the engine. This way, the oil can drain out properly from your engines oil drain hole.

Step 3: Warm Up

Turn on the bike and let it warm up for several minutes so that the oil is warm. This helps the flow of the oil when draining.

Step 4: Drain Bolt Removal

To remove the drain bolt, simply use your socket wrench. If it is hard to remove, try using a rubber mallet on the socket handle.

Step 5: Oil Filter

Remove the oil filter by hand. If your bike comes with the kind that has a nut head on it, the removal should be easier.

Step 6: Sit and Wait

Now that you have the drain bolt and the filter off, let all the oil from the engine drain out. Use paper towels on parts where some of the oil may leak onto. In this case, some was leaking on the headers.

Step 7: Oil Filter Install

Dip your finger into the new oil container and rub some onto the new oil filter's o-ring. This will ensure a nice seal when installing the new oil filter.

Fortunately, the new filter came equipped with a nut head. The same wrench I used on the drain bolt also works on the filter.

Step 8: Fill

Fill the right amount of oil according to your owner's manual. In this case the manual specifies 3.28 US qts. After filling the bike, turn on the engine and check the oil level through the sight glass. Add more bit more oil if needed.

Step 9: Enjoy!!!

Remove the bike off the stand and enjoy your ride.

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    9 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I agree with esatdvt. What I'm doing when changing my motorcycle oil is draining it while the filler cap is in-place. Once the oil is drained, I then open the filler cap and blow some air with a compressor nozzle to blow down the oil left after draining. Good point in your 'ible is the replacement of oil filter with a new one. That's a good practice but I know some people who just cleaned the oil filter and place it back when changing the engine oil.Thanks


    2 years ago

    Your stepping is wrong. If I were someone who would follow this guide step by step I'd be starting my engine without oil filler cap. And spill oil all around. Please fix it


    2 years ago

    Your tutorial is great! I haven't had my bike for too long, and am
    just getting ready to change its oil (before I had it changed by the shop I bought it from). I was wondering, is it necessary
    to change the oil filter every time you change the oil? I saw another
    tutorial where the person did the same thing (replaced both). Does the
    oil filter need replacement as often as the oil? Thanks!


    3 years ago


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Also, if you change your own oil and have not heard this before you should note that used motor oil may cause skin cancer if repeatedly left in contact with the skin for prolonged periods. This is unlikely unless you handle used oil daily, but you should still wash any used oil off your skin as soon after handling as possible.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Don't take this rude please...How come you didn't torque the oil drain plug or the filter to specs? Or are there specs in the manual for this type of maintenance?

    3 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Not at all bert. That is an excellent point. I wanted to make this instructable as a "general" way to change an oil on a motorcycle. I did not mention any torque specs for a couple of reasons. The main reason, is each motorcycle torque spec is different. I don't want someone over torquing their oil drain plug. Second, there was really no torque spec on the oil filter. General rule of thumb is oil filter should be hand tighten. The nut head is nice for easy removal.