How to Renew an ATV's Oil

How to renew the ATV's oil level and when

Check the oil level regularly , check it after each ride to determin wether or not to renew it.

When do we renew the oil for the first time?

  • After engine break-in,
  • After first 2 gastanks,
  • After engine's first 10 hours!

When do we renew the oil on a regular basis?

  • After 10 rides in a row,
  • After each mx race,
  • When the oil is black,
  • When the oil level is below minimum!

Basically, check the oil regularly and see if it's time to renew it.

If you renew the oil regularly and at least in time, you can expect no engine trouble for 3 years in a row. Renewing oil is what engines like. The best you can do, to be safe, is to check your oil after every ride. It just takes a minute.

How to renew the oil?

  • Make sure your engine is cooled off or at least watch out for your hands in case the oil is still hot.
  • Look for 2 drainplugs:
    - one either underneith your engine block or close to the shifter,
    - and one at the bottom of the oil reservoir.
    This is not always the case. Look into your ATV's owners manual and find out where the drainbolts are.
  • Prepare a bucket or reservoir to catch the drained oil.
  • Loosen the bolts
  • (watch hands; oil hot) and let the oil drain for a couple of minutes.
  • Find where the oil filter is at (cfr. owners manual) and remove it for a new one. On a new bike, always replace the oil filter after the 1st and 2nd ride. Skip replacing it the 3rd time you ride and just renew oil. The 4th time, replace the oil filter and change oil. So basically you can skip replacing the oil filter every once and a while.
  • Put back and tighten the drainplugs.
  • Unscrew the oil dipstick and add new oil. (don't add too much)
  • Unscrew the oil filler cap and add new oil. (don't add too much)/li>

Depending on the model you own, the amount of oil you have to put in the oil reservoir and the engine block differs. Check your owners manual.

Example: Yamaha YFZ 450
Total: 1.85 ml
Oil Reservoir: 1.55 ml
Engine Block: 0.30 ml

After you renewed the oil, start up your engine and let it spin a couple of minutes. Then check the oil level again. Make sure the level is close to max, not on max, and above min. Keep in mind its easier to add oil then to take some out.

Take care... of your ATV!

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