How To Change Oil In A Harley
Here is how to save money by learning how to change oil in a Harley. Being a Harley owner is amazing. The rumble of the bike under you as you cruise down the road is amazing, but the sticker shock when you go in for your 10,000 mile scheduled maintenance is not. Changing the oil yourself will save you big bucks that can be used on other things, like more accessories for your Harley.
To change the oil in your Harley you will need:
- Oil filter
- Oil filter wrench
- Medium or small flat tip screwdriver
- Clean rags
- Remove the oil fill cap from your Harley. This will aid the oil in draining quicker from the bike.
- Locate the oil drain plug on your Harley and loosen the clamp that holds it in place. Remove the hose and let the oil drain into the empty container. Depending on your model of Harley, there may be a plastic plug in the hose you need to remove before the oil will drain.
- While the oil is draining, remove the oil filter using the oil filter wrench. Take care when removing the oil filter to keep the open end up until you can sit it in the container where the used oil is being collected. Using a clean rag, wipe off the oil filter housing and make sure that the seal from the old filter didn’t stay stuck on the housing.
- Apply a little clean oil to the gasket on the new filter. Fill the new filter with clean oil and screw it on the oil filter housing. Once the filter is seated, continue tightening by hand. Do not tighten the filter with the oil filter wrench.
- Replace the oil drain hose and/or plug if it had one and tighten the clamp back down.
- Fill the tank with oil, which usually takes around three quarts minus the amount that was put into the filter. Put the oil filter cap back on.
- Take the oil drain hose loose again and let a little oil run out. This will take care of any air bubbles that might have formed in the oil system of your Harley.
- Start up the engine and check for leaks, making sure that the oil check lights goes off.
- Shut engine back off and check oil level, adding oil if needed. Check oil level once again when engine is hot and top off if needed.
Now that you have saved yourself some money by changing your own oil in your Harley, why not take it for a short road trip and grab a bite to eat along the way with your extra cash?