TO CHANGE THE OIL
YOUR TWIN-CAM HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE
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to Change the Oil in Your Twin-Cam Harley Davidson Motorcycle|
AUTHOR: James Russell|
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A new type of
motorcycle repair manual. A beginners highly-detailed guide on how to change the three oil compartments
on the Harley Davidson Twin Cam motorcycle. Also cleaning or replacing the
air filter and spark plugs with very important engine advice and
implementing the authors perpetual oil change procedure to
extensively increase engine
This book can also be used, with minor procedural
adjustments, to change the oil on Dyna, Electraglide, Softail, Sportster,
Buell and all other early and late models of Harley Davidson V-twin engines
except the V-rod.
This book has been written specifically for the
beginning mechanic who needs to learn how to change the oil in V-Twin Harley
Davidson motorcycles. 141 pages of detailed step-by-step instructions with
80 photographs make it very easy to learn. $34.95.
COMMENTS: There are many riders who would like to learn
how to service their Harley Davidson motorcycle to perform the usual routine
maintenance of changing the oil, filter, plugs and air cleaner elements, but
they do not know how or what steps to take to begin. You don't even have to
buy an expensive full set of tools or a motorcycle lift.
We do everything with just a few ordinary tools you
may already have and the entire job is performed while the bike is leaning
on its side stand so there no danger of the bike falling down. You will be
surprised how quick and easy it is to do and how little mess is made. You
can change the oil in your garage, outside on your driveway or even when you
attend a distant motorcycle rally.
This book shows you everything you need to know to
get the job done right. You can save a lot of time and money by doing it
yourself. You will also learn methods to increase the horsepower of your
motor simply by following the instructions given that will also increase
engine life. The book is written as if a motorcycle mechanic was standing
over your shoulder showing and telling what to do. It cant get any easier
Yes, even a girl can do it and they certainly do!
Buy and read this book and you will not be disappointed!
A large service
manual will lightly explain the maintenance and repair issues of the entire
motorcycle, but not with great detail the beginner student desperately
needs. How to Change the Oil On Your Twin Cam Harley Davidson Motorcycle
is highly focused to the specific task at hand giving precise text and
detailed photographic instructions no service manual can reveal. It is the
most detailed published book you can buy that is specifically written for
the novice or experienced rider who wants to take the next step in servicing
The book assumes you
have never performed the procedures before and takes you by the hand with
text and photos revealing the location of items on the engine, the specific
hand tools and parts you will need. Nothing is left out. All is
explained. Using the right oil and additives can make for a cooler
running engine, increase horsepower and engine longevity, smoother shifting,
better clutch action and transmissions that click right into neutral and
much longer lasting cam chain tensioner shoes, cams, pistons and crankshaft.
If you want to save
time and money then this is the book for you! This book can be used to
develop a new skill to change the oil on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and can
even launch you into an entry-level position as a motorcycle mechanic at
many dealers and repair shops. This learned skill can give you a part or
Yes, you can find snippets of free information on the Internet on how
to change the oil on your motorcycle, but they only quickly skim over the
procedure leaving out very important details. Example: If you
remove the oil drain plug on the twin-cam Harley-Davidson transmission you
will not be able to replace the oil drain plug. You will be stuck with
a motorcycle in your garage with no oil in it. Our book shows you why the
oil drain plug will not go back in and we tell you what tool to use to put
it back in. The book explains why you need to prime the oil filter and
absolutely give you precise step-by-step instructions so you do not apply
side-torque to steel bolts that will strip soft aluminum metal. If you
strip the spark plug or the drain plugs it can cost you thousands of dollars
And there are serious problems with those free Internet instructions you
can find on Websites. Many of them do not show you how to perform the
oil change properly, use inferior or improper oils and use risky procedures
that can cause real expensive damage to the engine and kill engine
longevity. And, the motorcycle could fall down and not only ruin the
bike, it can fall down on you! I also see improper tools and
procedures being used in these instructions and they leave out very
important "safety" information all experienced mechanics know about, but
they don't know, so they don't warn you of the hazards. Our book
explains in detail the safety procedures you need to know. And the
motorcycle will never start up on you by surprise or fall down or slip and
slide in oil, etc. This is why we wrote the book... because too many
people don't know how to do it and those that do, do it wrong destroying
You are getting absolute training, not just being told a
procedure. You get the precise training that motorcycle mechanics
in motorcycle technical schools to do the job the right way. And this
training will help and guide you when you advance to tackle major repairs in
the future. You will be very glad you read this book! Also, the
book is right beside you while you do the job, telling you what to do.
And the book tells you what not do to, so you don't run into trouble.
Even the tools required are all displayed in advance for you to go purchase
so you don't have to go buy expensive complete tool kits. You likely
already have the tools in your tool chest. Just read the testimonials
and see how this book will save you money over your entire lifetime.
Stop paying hundreds of dollars on oil changes! Use higher quality
oils and parts! Increase engine life! Get more Power!
We'll show you how. Buy the book today. You'll be glad you
Read your book on (How to Change
the Oil on Your Twin Cam Motorcycle). Have to admit I didn't know
how easy it was! Been paying big bucks to dealers to perform these
tasks and now I do it myself. It's EASY and kind of fun knowing the
job it done right and no hassles taking it to the dealer and waiting a few
days until they get to it. Book comes complete with pictures that
makes the job that much easier. Also, tips on spark plugs and
additives and much more. GREAT BOOK!!!!! - Jay Mc Cauley,
A GOOD INVESTMENT
The money spent on this book will be
recouped after your first oil change. If you've never changed the oil on
your twin cam engine before, read this book. There are little details that
the owner's manual won't tell you. I always wanted to do more routine
maintenance on my bike but I was intimidated by the thought of making a
mistake on my $18,000 Heritage Softail. Think of it as Oil Changing for
Dummies - with tips and advice even a seasoned do-it-yourselfer can benefit
from. Learn how to change your transmission and primary case as well. The
book covers much more than just changing your oil, but even if that's all it
covered it would still be worth the money. It's a perfect companion to the
owner's manual -
Robert Sommer - Chicago, IL
A GREAT DEAL OF NEAT TIPS
I came across Jim Russell's book, How to Change
the Oil on Your Twin Cam Motorcycle. I purchased the book and it was
more than worth its price. Although it helped that I have an extensive
knowledge in auto mechanics from years of owning muscle cars and a good set
of tools, Jim's book had a great deal of neat tips for any level mechanic.
I changed all three fluids, plugs, oil and air filter in under two hours
including clean up! Cost for six quarts of synthetic oil, two spark
plugs, air filter, chrome oil filter, oil filter wrench, o-rings and one
gasket came to $126. Buy this book, read, then re-read it; then go save
yourself about $350!!! - J. Garden
You Can't Trust the Dealers
I have had your book for 2 years now and
usually change the oil myself. My bike was in for service about 1400
miles ago and since then I have had hard or missed shifts. I was
thinking of taking it back in to have it looked at. I drained the
transmission oil and only got 1 1/2 cups of oil out, not enough! I put
in 3/4 quart oil and checked it was now right on. My bike shifts
smooth now. You cannot trust the dealers to change your oil so I'll
always do it myself now. I and my friends also like the perpetual oil
changes too mentioned in your book. - Dennis
Note: Dealers can sabotage your transmission and
primary chain system without you knowing it. The above is an example
which is common and shameful. For the love of money drives repair shops to
create premature engine failures. Some dealers even give incentive
commissions for major engine repairs. This leads to dishonesty to
create engine failures. Also, read our free helpful article
Auto Repair Scams - Don't Be A
"If you want it done right, do
MORE RATINGS & REVIEWS
4 Stars More than just how to change the oil on your
I liked this book, period. Well worth the investment for learning insider
tips on not only how to change your oil on the big twin Harleys, but all
sorts of good stuff about owning a motorcycle in general. Being new to a
Harley I appreciated the advice of a seasoned Harley rider as the author has
been putting on many cycle miles for many years. Although the book is not a
shop manual it has little known tips that a shop manual would never tell
you. I know I am saving big bucks by doing what service I can to my own bike
and this book along with a shop manual got me where I need to be! An easy
read and the author makes it interesting and fun!
3 Stars Useful Information
Considering the cost of service work this book is worth picking up. Most
factory repair manuals are generic in nature and don’t demonstrate the fine
details to carry out some maintenance tasks as this book does. I appreciate
all tips and tricks I can get from anyone who has done the task before. I
admire the authors desire to share what he knows and help others enjoy
maintaining their bikes. My recommendation for the next printing issue is to
condense the material as much as possible. The current edition is repetitive
in many places and this is distracting to the reader. I found myself
rereading the material to make sure I didn’t miss something. I do know I
will refer to my copy the first few time I do general maintenance on my HD.
5 Stars Some of Us Need Help
This book is great for those of us who have always been intimidated by the
idea of removing the drain plug, letting the oil run out, cleaning the drain
plug, putting it back in, getting it tight enough but not so tight as to
strip anything (I can’t even imagine the knowledge and experience that would
require), and adding new oil (how much?!! how do you tell??!!)
When I am at Starbucks getting a mocha cinnamon latte and some other
bikers come in, it seems to me that the guy with the grease on his hands
always has the best looking “biker chick.” My hope is that I will, with the
aid of this excellent book, be able to be one of those guys.
This fine book explains technical terms like shop rag, crush washer, and
torque (I always thought torque was an Italian pastry) so clearly that even
a guy like me can understand.
5 Stars The Harley Owners Bible
This book has changed my life. No longer will I have to fork over $100 or
more to my HD dealer again. I can now change my own oil !!! This book is so
amazing that I’m buying it for Christmas for all my two wheeled friends. It
is a step by step instruction written in simple terms with amazing pictures
to guide you. Please do yourself a favor , if you own a Harley BUY THIS BOOK
!!! I have dreamed of someday being just like the Tuttles and building my
own super cool choppers. Well just as the books description says , reading
and understanding this book is the first step to becoming a motorcycle
mechanic. And I will. This book has given me the confidence to go for it.
God bless the author and God bless the publisher. They have made my dreams
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A FEW QUESTIONS
I do not have a
Harley Davidson Twin-Cam engine. Can I still use this book?
Yes, with a few minor modifications you can still use the
book to help you change the oil, spark plugs, air filter, etc. Let's
say you have an old knuckle or pan-head engine you would just need to locate
the three oil drain plugs, know the amount of oil each compartment requires,
and use maybe different size socket and Allen wrenches. The basic
procedure is still just about identical to the more modern Twin-Cam engine.
This applies to S&S and other V-twin engines, too.
How easy will it be
for me? I have few mechanical skills.
will have no trouble at all. Everything is shown in great detail,
step-by-step instructions and photographs, with precise instructions.
It is written for the person who has never changed the oil, oil filter,
spark plugs and air filter. A girl can do it.
How will this book
will save me money?
is expensive to have your oil changed at dealerships. You can easily
save over $300 each year just in oil changing, but you will also save $
thousands $ of dollars in engine repairs as we show you how to get extended
life, higher performance and better miles per gallon from your stock engine.
Have you ever heard of cases where somebody gets their oil changed, they
drive away and the engine fails? It happens! Mistakes are made
and engines get ruined by these mistakes. Often, novice assistants are
used to change oil in the bikes while the knowledgeable mechanics do the
technical jobs and that's how disasters happen. When you change your
own oil you will do it right, know it is done right and you will have peace
of mind and won't have your ride ruined due to mechanical failure, delays,
etc. Saving money is also a good reason to do it yourself.
I live in a RV park
and they do not allow oil changing on the property? You can use the perpetual
oil change method that will save you a ton of money. This method
simply vacuums a portion of the oil out on a weekly basis and this will get
around those pesky rules and restrictions. We show you how to do it
and it won't make any mess whatsoever. Plus, the procedures we use to
drain and add oil
makes it so easy to do it is unlikely you will spill any oil to contaminate
the soil or pavement surfaces. You can even perform the maintenance
tasks on the side of the road off the RV park premises or in any vacant lot.
Will the motorcycle
fall down on me? No. We do not lift the motorcycle up into
the air. The bike will always be on the side-stand with both wheels
firmly on the
ground. You will only need to sit on the bike for about ten seconds to make it level to
fully drain the oil. As long as you operate your side stand normally
the bike will not fall down. The book's procedure even gives you
advice on how to avoid cut and scrapes on fingers and hands. Safety is
not overlooked in this book. Nobody wants accidents to happen.
The oil change procedures do not pose the motorcycle into any position that
would be deemed dangerous or unusual.
How much money will
I save doing it myself First, you will save the $34.95 you paid
for the book on the very first or second oil change, so this book is an
investment. It will save you a lot of money. Just calculate how
much it costs you to change the oil by paying somebody else to do it.
Then just subtract your cost of oil and that which is left over is how much
money you will save on each oil change! If it cost you $80 and the oil
only costs $20 then you will save $60 on each oil change.
After learning I
can actually make money with this book? Yes. Once we
teach you the skill you can use your newly learned skill to change the oil
on other bikes. Even dealers and other repair shops will hire you when
they need help during the busy season!
How much will it
cost me to buy tools Not much. We only show you the tools
you need to buy to get the job done. You do not need to go out and buy
a full chest of tools. The tools you need will likely only cost
you less than $50. After that the tools pay for themselves after every
oil change you do for the rest of your life. For less than $100 ($50
for tools and $35 for the book = $75) you will certainly benefit much more
money than this small investment requires. It really is a great deal.
You buy the tools at discount stores, Sears or at your Harley Davidson
Why should I buy
this book when a service or owners manual will show me how to do the job?
No they won't. If you try to follow the directions in the service
manual you will run into trouble right away as it is not written for a
beginner. The owner manual is basic, but again you will run into
trouble as not enough instructions and photographs are given. And, you
will have trouble when you strip the drain bolts and destroy your engine
cases. Our book explains all the warnings and shows you the "tricks of
the trade" mechanics use to avoid serious troubles that can arise. The
book we publish really does go into every tiny detail. When you are
finished reading and following the instructions in the book you will
certainly be a professional. No kidding. You will know in
advance all of the techniques and technical knowledge to prevent troubles
from happening from the get go and you will get the job done right the first
time, and every time!
Will this book work
for the new Harley Davidson 96 and 110 cubic inch engines? Yes,
it will. The new larger displacement twin-cam engines has not changed
from the 88 cubic inch engine in regards to oil change, spark plugs, air
filter, oil filter, primary and transmission case oil drains, etc.
This book is good for all twin-cam engines! Some Harley Davidson
models may have the oil fill in a different area, but it will not be hard to
Can any bookstore
order this book? Yes, just give them the ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 numbers listed
below the book cover image on this page.
Where do I find the
oil fill on the Dyna and FLH touring models? In the book you will see a
photograph of the oil fill cover. It is chrome and it has a large
Allen head and looks just like the one in the book. Instead of the
fill being located near the engine's rear cylinder it is located just about
12 inches on the left; on the back-side of the transmission case.
What changes have
been made to the newer 07 Harley's? Not much. The oil
drain on the primary case is now just like the one you will find on the
engine and transmission cases. This is better than the Allen screw
they used to use. Just remove and install this new bolt just like we
explain in our book regarding the engine transmission oil. Now all
three cases have the same size bolt too and o-ring.
Do you have an
e-book version of this book? Yes, click here. This e-book can be printed out one time, so if you are in a
big hurry and want the book right now you can have it in just a few minutes.
Harley's owner manual does not
mention to check oil with the bike level. Yes it
can be true a owner
manual leaves out the fact the bike should be level when checking the oil.
I will explain. The bike must be level, as
the motorcycle is operating in a normally
position, not leaning as it travels
the road as it would be if you check the oil with the
bike on the side stand. The bike must be level to
obtain the proper oil level in the oil tank,
transmission and primary case. In my book, I make sure this oil
change is performed properly and accurately with nothing left to chance that
could damage the engine. If you check the oil in
the primary case while it is on the side stand it will give you a false
positive reading and you will be running low on oil. Get the bike
level and upright, then check the oil levels. My book explains a
proper procedure to use.
Harley-Davidson never mentions
to prime the oil filter. Why? It is common
practice in the industry; motorcycles and cars and diesel engines the oil
filter must be primed with oil when installing.
By priming, adding oil to a dry filter before installation, the oil is
absorbed by the dry filter media and there will be no stopping of the oil
flow to the engine when first started after draining the oil from oil tank,
especially on a Harley-Davidson, as the oil first travels through the oil
filter from the oil pump before it reaches the engine. It means if you
don't prime the filter your engine will run dry and it will damage your
engine and lower its life span in a major way. Valve guides, cams and
their chains, pistons and rings, crankshaft journal and main bearings all
will run dry. This will scrape metal away viciously and truly damages
the engine. All competent Harley-Davidson mechanics know this and they
will prime the oil filter at each oil change.
Some novices won't and some untrustworthy mechanics intentionally don't
so as to damage the engine little-by-little
to get it to fail in a major way so you can bring
it in to them for major repair. It's a tough and unfair world out there.
These things do happen in the real world. In my book I make
sure the oil filter is primed so when you start the bike you will see the
oil light go out right away with no delay (instant pressurization of the
engine components with fresh clean oil). You
won't hear the valve lifters "rapping" and you will not
hear any "growling" noises from partial
seizing of engine parts due to no oil flow. Be
aware, if you do not prime the filter the engine will run dry of oil on
startup and you will hear awful noises grinding your engine to pieces!
No kidding. Your V-twin engine will last many thousands of
miles longer and you will avoid the expense of paying
major engine repairs just from using this
one procedure alone from my book!
The new 2007 Harley's have a
fool-proof dip stick. This is welcome
news about the new dip sticks, but there still are
millions of older Softails out there that
can still goof up when checking the oil levels.
Why did you write this book?
So you can save a lot of money on
dealer service and maintenance fees and to prevent premature engine
destruction from improper oil changing, etc. When you do it yourself,
you know its done right! There are a lot of riders
who do not know how to change the oils, spark plugs and air cleaner on their
Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The owner manual does not "teach you how"
to do the job. It just quickly assumes you already know how and give
you some very basic tips. Manufacturers must support their
dealer network and so will always recommend you go to a dealer for
service. But often you will find the novice or parts-counter people
will do the oil and tire changes while the mechanics do the technical jobs.
Mistakes happen and I have seen Harley's return with damaged motors due to
improper oil changing. I will also tell you that the dealer will not
admit it was their mistake! You will likely be stuck with a monstrous
bill if you do not have a warrantee and event the warrantee could be denied
under certain conditions. I believe every rider needs to learn how to
change the oil and perform the basic routine maintenance on their
motorcycle. It will help you so much and keep you a satisfied rider
knowing your machine is serviced by a professional... you!
I want to earn
part-time income. Will this book help me? Yes it will.
Motorcycle dealers are always looking for people who can perform the oil and
tire changes while their mechanics can be free to perform the technical
jobs, especially during motorcycle rallies. You can also start your
own small business just performing oil changes. This book will be a
great tool to get you started right away, like the same day you get the
book. That's how fast you can begin making money! Also check our
links pages for motorcycle industry jobs.
How does the money
back guarantee work? If you don't save money immediately after
using the book just contact us to return it. Tell us specifically why you did not like it and we will refund
your purchase price (not postage or shipping/handling fees). You must
return the book in resalable condition so that means no bent pages or dented cover
oil stains on the pages or cover. Sometimes you can just return the
book from where you bought it for a refund, but each retailer has their own
policies. We want you to be happy with our book. We don't expect
you will return the book. We have great faith and confidence in the
power of this book to educate you and make you money year after year! That is why we offer a money-back
guarantee! The money-back guarantee does not apply to e-books,
just the printed version, due to digital rights management and copyright
issues. If you want the guarantee please buy the print version of the book.
Can Use This Book?:
All Harley-Davidson motorcycles that use the Twin-Cam engine, Big Twin
and Evolution engines. This includes the following models: Dyna
Fat and Street Bob, Low Rider and the Dyna Super Glide. Including,
Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide, All Softail models including
the Road King, Fat Boy, Rocker and the Screaming Eagle high performance
engine versions. You can even use it to change the oil on the
Sportster's along with your owner manual. Of course, you can
use this book with the V-Rod, but you will need to use the V-Rod owner
manual as your guide to locate the oil fill and oil drain plugs, oil and
air filter and spark plug sizes.
We have quoted a couple Bible verses in the first page of the book that
relates to riding motorcycles, but we have the wrong verse number
listed, "He made him ride on the high places of the earth..."
should be Deut.32.13. Also, "For ye shall go
out with joy and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills
shall bread forth before you into singing and all the trees shall clap
their hands." should be Isaiah 55:12. The
message is correct, just the verse numbers were in error. We thank
Mike and Pam Miller for the correction.
I have a 2002
Road King Classic.
Your photo shows using a battery filler bulb with
Please explain how you did this because that will
not reach the oil supply. Easy! In your
case you simply need to purchase a 1/4" rubber or plastic hose and
insert it into the nozzle of the battery filler bulb. This will
give you the added reach. Wrap some duct tape or electrical tape
around the hose joint so it will not pop off and squeeze the bulb gently
when removing the oil from the bulb.
I never heard
of perpetual oil changes before and my Harley-Davidson mechanic has not
either. How come? We always keep learning.
The moment we think we know it all, somebody or something comes along
and teaches us anew. Perpetual oil changes are not new, except in
the motorcycle industry, and most repair shops are not going to tell you
about it because, well... their business will suffer! Heavy
industry uses perpetual oil changing religiously. Some auto and
truck repair shops are now changing oil with a "vacuum" hose to remove
the oil out of engines. I see auto parts stores are already
selling oil evacuation pumps. But when you think of it,
perpetual oil changes makes perfect sense as the oil never becomes
dirty. It is always clean. Exactly what an engine needs!
Just start using the method and you'll see the benefits. Yes, you
can buy an oil evacuation system, but the old battery squeeze bulb works
I just bought your
book to change the oil on your twin cam Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.
Great book, but I have a question. It's not clear where you put
the oil in the primary case. Does it go into the inspection plate
hole and do we reuse the gasket in the inspection plate? - Robert Roznik
Thank you, Robert. I am glad you like the book.
You may have missed few pages, but the book describes how to change the
oil in the primary case, see the Change The Chain Case Oil
Chapter. Add the oil through the inspection plate
port. You don't have to replace the gasket, just reuse it until it
wears out, cracks or splits in two and it can no longer hold oil.
You can, if you want, install a new gasket at each oil change or at each
third oil change is fine too. There is no oil pressure in the
chain case so leaking oil will only be a small seep, not even a drip if
and when the gasket fails and it can be fixed anywhere with a torx
screwdriver. The new Harley's 2008 and later models now have
automatic primary chain adjusters, so they have no inspection plate.
You will need to remove that large round "Derby Cover" and add the oil
there. You must, absolutely replace the Derby Cover O-ring with a
new one each time. Heat bakes the rubber O-ring and makes it very
difficult to reuse it as it won't fit back into the slotted groove in
the Derby Cover. Other than that it is all so very easy to do.
I have my oil
changed at a Harley-Davidson dealer. Does this mean I am getting
No, you may be getting an inferior brand of oil. Remember,
it is to a dealer or repair shop's complete advantage to service your
motorcycle with cheaper grade lubricants so that the engine wears out
quickly and so they can obtain costly and profitable overhaul work, at
your expense! Have you noticed most repair shops have no
windows or are covered so customers can't observe? There is a
reason for this. There is a lot of corruption going on in many
vehicle repair shops. I have witnessed mechanics pump cheap oil
from an oil drum with a label of a brand name oil on that drum .
It is pure thievery and very easy to do. I have even seen this
happen with small quart jugs of oil filled with inferior high paraffin
wax content oil. When the mechanic pours in the oil and you see
it, guess who is being fooled? Just because it says on your oil
change bill you paid for Harley-Davidson oil does not mean you actually
got that oil. This is why learning to do your own oil changes is
so important. Now you can buy the best oil and know for a fact
it's running in your bike. You'll save money on oil change bills
and expensive premature repair bills.
I was told to check
the oil level when the engine is cold. I am confused.
On Harley-Davidson air-cooled engines the engine oil must be
checked only when hot, not warm, not cold, but at actual operating
temperature. Why? Because there are two little problems with
the engine especially the Twin-Cam motors with elevated oil tanks.
1) The gears of the oil pump wear out at 3,000 miles just enough to
allow oil to drain back down into the crankcase by gravity when the
engine is stopped. 2) the oil seal between the cam plate and
crankcase leaks oil back down into the crankcase when the engine is
stopped. Other Harley motors have check valves that leak and
will do the same thing. So, when you check the oil level in the
oil tank when the engine is cold it may show "low oil" and you may
accidently add oil overfilling the engine with lubricant which is not
good which can easily break pistons, rods and crankshaft. To check
the oil, start the engine and ride then when you stop after the engine
is hot, check the oil level right after you stop the engine. This
will give you the most accurate reading for a Harley-Davidson. If
the oil is low, it is now safe to add oil to the oil tank.
surprised to discover after buying this book the title is deceptive.
This book absolutely covers much more than only changing the oil.
It is way more valuable than this.
The book started as a simple oil change instructional manual for
beginners and it soon led to changing the spark plugs, oil filter, air
filter, primary case, transmission and engine oil. I also had to
include valuable information on how to gain more horsepower and fuel
mileage with increased engine longevity tips. I wanted to give the
reader a nice book full of value for their money.
should I change the oil on my Harley?
The general rule for most Harley engine, transmission and primary
chain case is each 2,500 miles. However, the newer engines now
only require oil changes each 5,000 miles. But, as a new engine
gains miles the engine oil may getting discolored with impurities so at
that point where you see the engine oil getting a darker color than new
oil you should change the oil at that time. Observe the color
change of the oil on your motorcycle. If you use the perpetual oil
change method you will never have dirty oil no matter how old your
engine may be.
Should I change to
a different grade of oil in cold weather?
Generally, no. If you follow
your owner's manual suggestions and they suggest you reduce the oil
viscosity then go ahead. Most riders simply just let the engine
warm up and drive off slowly to let the oil churn to warm up in the
transmission and primary chain case then ride away. Unless you are
in Alaska with -20 degree temperatures then that is a different story.
But who would ride a two wheel machine in those cruel icy conditions?
If you do, then use full synthetic oil in the engine, transmission and
primary chain case.
Should I use
synthetic oil in my Harley?
You do not need to, but most everyone is to get that added
protection. The synthetic blend oils are getting the nod over the
full-synthetic grade oils. Why? The blend, which you can
blend your own engine oil by mixing 50% mineral and 50% synthetic oil
cost less and protects the engine superbly. Full synthetic is not
needed to protect your engine. However, use full-synthetic for the
transmission and primary chain case. Both of these areas only
requires 1 quart each of oil so why skimp?
When I change the
oil I am not getting all of the oil out of the engine. What am I
You may be doing nothing wrong. If your owner or service
manual tells you the engine takes for example 2.5 quarts of oil and you
drain the oil only to discover 2 quarts are only being drained in your
oil drain pan is normal. The engine at the factory when new is
totally dry and fresh oil is added and the engine is run and more oil is
added as the initial charge of oil is absorbed in engine case cavities
and galleries. Not all of the oil is drained out of the engine
when you change the oil. I know, the old oil is dirty but there is
no way to purge the old oil out completely by performing an engine oil
and oil filter change. Don't even worry about it. But make
sure you remove the dip stick from the engine as this will help the oil
to drain and drain the oil when the engine is warm and much of the oil
will be expanded by the heat and will drain quickly.
I was told I could
drain the engine and transmission and primary case oil when cold.
You can drain the oils when cold or when hot. Generally, a
warm engine is best as the oil is expanded and flows fast to obtain a
better drain and hot oil holds more contaminates in the oil. Cold
oil will tend to drop out of solution grit and grime to the bottom of
the cases and may not be drained thoroughly. But you can drain the
oils when cold if you wish. It is not illegal and it will not harm
your engine or void warranty or anything like that. When changing
hot oil wear a rubber glove on your hand so the hot oil will not burn
your hand. A warm engine is safer than a hot engine as the oil or
exhaust pipes won't burn your skin.
My dealer told me
if I change my own oil I could void the warranty. How can this be
It isn't true. You are being victimized by a greedy,
money-hungry dealer who wants to pick your pockets. Don't fall for
it. Even the Harley-Davidson owner manual says the rider can
change the oil without a dealer's authorization and without penalty or
forfeiture of warranty. Problem is, it is a bit tricky to do
on your own if you don't know how to do it. But when you do it
once, you will never have to pay again to have your Harley's oil
changed. You'll be free at last.
Do you publish a
book on how to change tires on motorcycles, especially Harley-Davidson?
Yes, the book is now finished and being formatted. It will be
available for sale soon. We can e-mail you when it is published if
you send us an e-mails asking to be put on the waiting list:
Jrpub2002@yahoo.com The book absolutely
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racing and cruiser motorcycles are covered in great detail. This
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It is written for the novice so if you never tried this before the book
will show you how to do it. When you finish the book you will know
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will save you serious money. It will also get you employed at
dealerships to change tires for them!
I installed the oil
filter but it leaks oil. What did I do wrong and what must I do
next? The oil filter may not be leaking if you see oil
drips. In most cases it is just residual oil spilled on the
motorcycle frame during the oil change that collects and weeps mimicking
an oil leak. Park the bike overnight with a white rag or cloth
under it and see if the drip ceases or not. It is rare for an oil
filter to leak as long as you applied a smear of oil to the rubber
gasket and tightened the filter sufficiently. But if you find a
severe leak that sprays oil? The dealer could have sold you the
wrong size/design filter. This happens more than you think.
Also, the filter can be defective. I have seen bad threads to bent
thread plates in brand new filters that will leak oil. The odds
are you are not at fault and the problem is the oil filter itself
causing your oil drip, leak or spraying oil. A filter will leak if
you forget to remove the rubber o-ring from the old filter. It can
be stuck to the engine case and when you put on the new filter you now
have two stacked o-rings and it will leak badly. Remove the old
o-ring and things will be fine.
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