How to Change Oil in Your Motorcycle

Motorcycle Oil Level and Temperature Dip Stick with Digital Readout
When breaking in a new Harley-Davidson, you’ll want to get your first Harley-Davidson oil change at 1,000 miles, and then again at 2,500 miles. After that, you’ll schedule an oil change with other services at 2,500-mile intervals or as your model’s manual recommends. When you’re due for your Harley-Davidson service, it’s time to decide whether you want to schedule oil change service at a local Portland dealership, or go for a DIY Harley-Davidson oil change.

If you have the time and some basic background knowledge, the DIY route can teach you quite a bit about your bike. All you need is a Harley-Davidson oil change kit and a little know-how! Join Latus Motors Harley-Davidson to learn how to perform a DIY motorcycle oil change at home in Vancouver.

DIY Harley-Davidson Oil Change

First, find a well-ventilated space that is good for a motorcycle oil change. Gather your tools and supplies: new oil and filter, oil draining pan, oil filter wrench, needle nose pliers, flathead screwdriver, and rags to wipe up oil drips. Then follow these steps:

  1. Remove the oil filter cap. A motorcycle oil change should always involve changing the oil filter. In most models, the Harley-Davidson oil filter is located at the front of the bike near the engine. Don’t remove the oil filter itself quite yet, as it’s likely still full of oil.
  2. Use a frame jack to access the underside of your bike. Look behind the front tire to locate the drain tube, which should have a screw-type hose clamp.
  3. Position the oil drain pan and drain the oil. Position the pan directly underneath the drain tube, and then use a flathead screwdriver to loosen the hose clamp. Unfasten the hose and allow the oil to drain completely.
  4. Remove the oil filter. Removing the filter can be messy, so you may want to create a funnel to catch the oil and direct it to the drain pan. Cut a piece of cardboard into a 5 by 11-inch rectangle and fold up the edges. Wedge one end of the cardboard under the oil filter and hold the other end over the drain pan.
  5. Prepare and install a new Harley-Davidson oil filter. To prepare the filter, set it on a flat surface and drip a few ounces of oil into the center. Slide the new filter into place and replace the oil filter cap.
  6. Fill the oil tank with fresh oil. Using a funnel, fill the oil to the proper level. You should need about three quarts.

If you’re not sure which kind of oil you need for your Harley-Davidson, oil change experts at Latus Motors Harley-Davidson can help you out! Call our service center or check your owner’s manual. Everything you need for a DIY motorcycle oil change is available to order from our parts department — oil, filters, drain pans, and more.

What’s in a Harley-Davidson Oil Change Kit?

Need motorcycle oil change parts or supplies? Replacement parts like Harley-Davidson oil filters are available to order from our parts department. You can also shop Harley-Davidson oil change kits for maintenance supplies, including:

  • Drain pan
  • Fill funnels
  • Drain funnels
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Oil filter removal wrench
  • Transmission/crankcase fill funnel

Rely on Latus Motors Harley-Davidson for Expert Oil Change Service in Gladstone

Questions about motorcycle oil changes before you take on the task yourself? Our experienced team is here to help, whether you need a few tips over the phone or you’d like to see how the professionals do it. Connect with us, or drop by our certified Harley-Davidson dealership in Gladstone today.

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