For all those motorcyclists out there, this article will help you understand the basics of your motorcycle’s oil level. You don’t need to always rely on professionals, if you get these basics right, you will manage to take very good care of your bike.
Yes, it is true that most of the new motorcycles are quite reliable, but you still need to check a few things every now and then. A bike’s engine oil is one of the most essential things that need to be regularly checked and corrected. If your bike’s lubricant is working perfectly, you will not need to spend much on engine repairs. The engine oil also helps you understand the condition of the bike, the best way to understand this is to take a look at the owner’s manual. In the manual, you will find all the specifics that the manufacturer recommends. Now each bike is different, so there is no standard rule book as such, but yes they more or less will revolve around the same aspects.
To get started, warm up the bike engine for 5 minutes and then turn it off. Let the oil drain from the top end, this may take a few minutes too. If your bike has a center stand and a sight glass, then measure it the above way. In fact, it makes it easy for you to compare it to the level shown while on the center stand.
For those of you who have engines with a dipstick, check the owner’s manual for accurate information. You will be able to understand how to insert the stick for a precise reading. The trick is to wipe the stick; insert it into the case until it makes contact with the filler plug’s threads. The best results are assured when your bike is leveled out correctly.
Now, if the oil looks just the way you poured it, then it’s good and doesn’t need to be changed. But yes, if it is darker or black, then it needs to be changed.
If it is milky white, then it means that the coolant has found its way into the oil, which sometimes indicates a major engine problem or a blown head gasket. While, if it smells like gas, it’s time to take it to a professional. Remember, if the engine has suddenly begun consuming oil, it could mean piston-ring or valve problems.
Checking the oil of your bike at least once a week is a good call. If you don’t ride your bike a lot, then checking it whenever you step out could be a good idea.
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