How to change motorcycle oil filter?
What is an oil filter?
The oil filter serves as a barrier to keep the impurities (metal, etc.) that end up in the engine oil as result of mechanical parts rubbing together and engine wear. It is thus needed to change oil filter regularly
Where is the oil filter?
Look for a cylinder nearby the engine. The oil filter will be inside the pan.
When to change oil filter?
As far as the oil filter is concerned, it does not need to be replaced every time the oil is changed. For standard use, it can be replaced every two oil changes. You should still, however, follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
We recommend to change it every 3000 Kms and ideally before winter
How to change oil filter?
- 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.
- 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.
While the oil is draining out, loosen the filter using an appropriate spanner (oil filter spanner) and then wait until all of the oil has drained out. Then remove the filter and the seal.
Clean and then install the new filter, ensuring that the seal is lubricated with some of the new oil. This will ensure that it is oil-tight, while at the same time preventing the seal from becoming worn and corroded.
If you use cartridges, you only need to unscrew the cover and then pull out the filter. You should then replace the seal by a new, lubricated one and clean the case before inserting the new filter.