Guide to Changing your Oil
Sugarbush Babes is back at it again!! This time I'll be going over how to change your oil and filter. Keep in mind that any and all work I do and blog about is on my personal bike. Therefore I'll be showing you how I change the oil and filter on my 2016 Ducati Scrambler Icon. I've changed my oil a few times be before, so this is actually something I've gotten pretty good at, and you will not believe how easy it is!!!
As always, the most important steps before working on your bike is;
Prepare. Prepare. Prepare.
Read the Fucking Manual!
What you'll need:
4 bottles of Oil ( in my case, my bikes uses Motul 15w50 oil; using about 3.25 quart of it)
A crush washer
An Oil filter
An oil Pan (to catch the oil your dumping out of the bike)
A 3/8 ratchet
5mm Allen socket
Universal oil filter pliers and universal oil filter wrench
A torque wrench ( you may not have a torque wrench and that's ok, I have one because I am working inside the MotorGrrl space as usual so I have many tools at my disposal. Thanks Val!!!)
I also had some Brooklyn Lager and chain lube and cleaner.
Go under the bike and find the oil drain plug. Put your oil pan underneath it or the oil you're about to drain will go everywhere. Use your 5mm hex bit on your ratchet to loosen the drain plug. Once you have it loose, you can remove with by hand, making sure not to lose that plug in your oil pan.
Let the Oil drain out.
Next, clean the plug. It can sometimes get some debris on it and you'll want to remove that before re-inserting it. Mine had tiny little metal shards all over it.
Once you have removed all the debris and all of your oil has drained out of the bike, re-insert the drain plug.
There's a specific torque spec you can find in your user's manual. It'll tell you how tight the plug needs to be. If you don't have a torque wrench, tighten pretty fuckin' tight as per usual, but be careful not to strip it.
Next, locate your oil filter.
Use your oil filter wrench to loosen the oil filter from it's housing.
Once you loosen, take the oil filter wrench away and remove the filter by hand, making sure your oil pan is underneath it, because oil will come out of this area as well. This part can be pretty messy so hopefully you're also wearing your gloves.
Once the filter is completely removed, flip it over and let any excess oil from the filter, drain into your oil pan.
Once all the oil has drained, wipe the housing down with a shop rag. It's always a good idea to clean up the nooks a crannies that you have on your bike when you're doing any kind of work. This is also a good time to make sure that the gasket from the filter you just removed, did not get stuck on the engine. You’ll know right away when you clean out the area. Just wipe it down, take away excess dirt and debris before moving onto the next step.
Find your new oil filter, and pour just a little but of oil on to the gasket.
This will help seal the new filter onto the bike.
Fill the oil filter about a three quarters of the way with the new oil.
Now you can out your new oil filter onto the bike.
Hand tighten as best you can.
If you get a bunch of new oil onto the outside of the filter, go ahead and wipe it down.
Use your oil filter wrench to finish tightening it. They can leak if you're not careful.
Now you have to put oil back into the bike.
Locate the little cap that says oil on it and unscrew.
Stick the funnel in there and fill your bike with oil. The Scrambler takes about 3.25 quarts of it.
Keep an eye on your sight glass when you fill your oil.
The oil should be in between your minimum and maximum lines right next to your sight glass.
Remove the funnel and screw the oil cap back onto the bike.
Now you have to check your work.
Turn the bike on making sure it is in neutral and make sure nothing is leaking out.
Let the bike run for a couple minutes.
Turn the bike off and let the oil settle.
Check your sight glass to see if the oil level is by the top marker. If it is, you're done. If it's a little low, you have a to add more oil. I really you would want it to be in between the maximum and minimum line; I like mine closer to the top.
If you're doing this at home, take your old oil to an motorcycle shop. They'll know what to do, just give them a call and make sure that they have room for it first!
And that's it!
You did it!
Changing your oil is easy AF.
Big thanks to Karim for his supervision. I always like to have a pro around just in case.
More lessons, and news, and fun coming at ya real soon.
Until then my babies, ride safe.