Doing an oil change on your Harley-Davidson motorcycle on a regular basis will prolong the life of the engine as well as the internal parts. In order to be sure that the engine will run correctly, you should change the engine lubricant as well as the filter every 2,500 miles. |
There are things you will need before you start your oil change. You will need a 3 inch block of wood, socket wrench, torque wrench, drain pan, 5/8 inch socket, funnel, 3 quarts of 20W50, filter wrench, lube filter, shop towels, flathead screwdriver and parts cleaning spray.
You will need to start the motorcycle to warm up the engine as well as the oil. Let it run in idle for 3 minutes and then shut the engine off. Place the Softail on a 3 inch block of wood underneath the side New Era Caps stand in order to elevate the motorcycle in an upright position.
Push down on the tank that holds the engine's lubricant and then twist it clockwise to unlock it from the filler neck. Remove the cap as well as the dipstick from the tank in order to vent the system.
Depending on the model of your bike, the drain plug will be in a different spot. Models that were made between 1984 to 1999, have an engine that utilizes the drain hole which is located in the front of the transmission unit, which can be found on the left side of the bike. Models that were made after the year 2000 have a twin cam engine which has the plug underneath the backside of the transmission.
Put the drain pan underneath the drain plug or the hose. Using a 5/8 inch socket and the socket wrench, loosen the drain plug. Allow the oil to drip for at least 5 minutes or until you see the flow become a thin trickle.
Using the shop towel, clean the drain plug and replace the sealing with a new one. Tighten the drain plug back to its original spot by hand first and then use a 5/8 inch socket and torque wrench to tighten it further.
Wipe the area around the filter as well as the pump which can be found on the front left side of the engine. Use a cleaning spray for parts to clean the area. Take off the lubricant filter.
Taking the new filter and put up to 4 ounces of 20W50 engine lubricant in the filter. Allow the lube to be absorbed for about 1 minute and then coat some lube around the filter sealing. Tighten the filter back into place until it is against the oil pump.
Using a funnel, place it in the tank neck and then add 2.6 quarts of 20W50. Take the funnel off of the tank and put the filler cap along with the dipstick back into the filler neck. Then turn it clockwise to put into place.
Start the motorcycle and let it idle for about 3 minutes and then turn the engine off. Check the dipstick with a clean towel. Put the dipstick back in and then take it out again and check where the level is. If the New Era keps oil level is under the lower mark, you may need to add more lubricant to complete your oil change.
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