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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:04 pm

Can... I just get an oil change at an oil change place? I have zero interest in learning how to do this myself this year.
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Post by Jizaboz » Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:39 am

Well yeah man. I could do it myself, but I barely manage to change the oil in my push-mower once a year.

Just don't pay more than 30$ and if they tell you something else is wrong with the vehicle, don't tell them to go ahead and fix it. Also, big "chain auto places" are the worst for ripping people off and messing with your engine.

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Post by Flack » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:54 am

Your oil case has a bolt in the bottom and a twisty-knob on top. To change the oil, run the bike for 5 mins, take off the top knob, then undo the bolt. Make sure you have something under there because all the oil will pour out. Then put the bolt in, then put oil in the top hole. Then put the knob on. Literally a 5 min job.

I don't know that a car change place is going to be able to do it. Most motorcycle shops will and it should be $40-$70 depending on the type of oil they sell you (mobile vs. synthetic).
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Post by Tdarcos » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:07 pm

Flack wrote:Your oil case has a bolt in the bottom and a twisty-knob on top. To change the oil, run the bike for 5 mins, take off the top knob, then undo the bolt. Make sure you have something under there because all the oil will pour out. Then put the bolt in, then put oil in the top hole. Then put the knob on. Literally a 5 min job.

I don't know that a car change place is going to be able to do it. Most motorcycle shops will and it should be $40-$70 depending on the type of oil they sell you (mobile vs. synthetic).
Your description sounds more-or-less exactly the same as what I did over the years when changing the oil in an automobile (until the price for an oil change at cheaper places like Walmart or Merchant's Tire and Battery was the same as the raw materials, then I might as well get someone else to do it) except for the following detail which I will ask about.

Two things: First, don't all engines - including motorcycles - that use oil for cooling have an oil filter, and wouldn't he have to also change that? (My experience is exclusively with cars and the general rule was you pull the filter with the oil to get maximum lifespan out of the engine, as it takes away the dirt and water that collects in the filter.)

Second, does anyone know what synthetic like Mobil 1 is made of? I've heard some new synthetics coming out are made from natural gas, but I wasn't sure what the older synthetics are constructed out of.
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Post by Flack » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:44 pm

Tdarcos wrote:does anyone know what synthetic like Mobil 1 is made of?
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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:59 am

I can never tell if these new users who post off-topic are part of that spambot thing that harvests old posts to try to fit in or if they are just totally off-topic.
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Post by AArdvark » Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:48 pm

The only issue I had with my Shadow is that it's too low to the ground to fit my oil drain pan. It's really an old dishwashing bin but works great for oil changes. Most cycle dealers will do oil changes but that can get expensive. (Harley Davidson oil?)

Two years ago I put the bike up on my buddy's bike lift but it only made things worse, and messier. These days I still have to get down on the ground every October when I do the oil. It's not all that bad. Better than having to remove the exhaust pipes like my friend with the Yamaha V Star has to do every year. F that.

I heard good things about that purple oil. I feel my bike is too new for full synthetic right now. Once I top ten thousand miles I'll start using Castrol GTX if I can find it in a 40 weight. There's talk about motorcycle oil being better better than auto oil because of the wet clutch thing but I've never had a problem.

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