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Oil change

LT132 Feb 3, 2018

  1. LT132

    LT132 New Member

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    is the 3.7l amount of oil on the crank case a hard and fast rule?
     
  2. prfixer

    prfixer Senior Member Supporting Member

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    No. It probably won't take that much. The same crankcases were used on bikes that had oil coolers. Do you know about the 2nd drain plug? there is another drain plug towards the front of the motor that will get a little extra oil out.
     
  3. markus56

    markus56 ZL-OA Co-owner Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    Prfixer is right, Zl's have a more shallow oil pan and takes less than that. Put three quarts in and check it after you run it for a minute or so and bring the level up to the top of the window after you shut it down and it settles.
     
  4. LT132

    LT132 New Member

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    Thanks guys, after worrying that I over-filled my bike, I realized I had another quart of oil in the gallon I bought.
     
  5. LT132

    LT132 New Member

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    Rookie mistake.
     
  6. prfixer

    prfixer Senior Member Supporting Member

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    Do you know the procedure for checking the sight glass? Down on your knees on the left side of the bike while you try to balance the bike as close to upright as possible without it falling over the other way? Set the oil level towards the top of the sight glass. Over-filling can be as detrimental as under-filling.
     
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  7. LT132

    LT132 New Member

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    Yup. Thanks. Should the oil level be in the middle of the glass or at the to mark?
     
  8. prfixer

    prfixer Senior Member Supporting Member

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    I've always done mine to the top side of the glass to where just a partial moon part of the glass is empty.
     
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  9. markus56

    markus56 ZL-OA Co-owner Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    That's what I do too.....seems to be the consensis on the big ZLs.
     
  10. LT132

    LT132 New Member

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    Copy that. Time to let a little oil out
     
  11. R. J.

    R. J. Senior Member

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    :hello: It always scares me to let the bike hang out at the edge of falling over. :laughing7:. I tie a rope to the handlebars & the other end to my shelves which are bolted to the wall. :laughing7:.
     
  12. ZLrider

    ZLrider Well-Known Member

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    X2, I HATE checking the oil that way as well. Honestly it doesn't hardly seem like a sane person can check the oil without help.
     
  13. BearHunter

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    Always check oïl when the engine is hot. Shut the engine, place it on side stand. Then put the bike in the most upright position you can get. You'll hear oïl flowing down the engine and going back to the crankcase. Then check level.

    When engine very cold, oïl won't flow as easily down.
     
  14. R. J.

    R. J. Senior Member

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    :hello: I mostly check the oil with a cold motor. Also I thought if the motor is cold most of the oil is already down in the crank case.
     
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