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How to check the oil

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  1. Ragg2
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    So I'm reading about checking the oil in the manual and it says to check the window. So I go out to the bike to check it and the window is covered in grease and grime. I've tried to clean it the best I can but I still can not see inside the window. When I shine a light next to it all I see is a reflection, unless its just bone dry..

    Is there another way to check it? I tried taking the oil cap off and shining a light down inside but I still could not see any oil. The seller said he had it tuned up the week before I bought it but I'm starting to have my doubts..

  2. gadman1
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    So I'm reading about checking the oil in the manual and it says to check the window. So I go out to the bike to check it and the window is covered in grease and grime. I've tried to clean it the best I can but I still can not see inside the window. When I shine a light next to it all I see is a reflection, unless its just bone dry.. Is there another way to check it? I tried taking the oil cap off and shining a light down inside but I still could not see any oil. The seller said he had it tuned up the week before I bought it but I'm starting to have my doubts..

    I do not know how long you have had the bike, but if it was me, I would take the bike back to the seller and let him prove to you that there is oil in the bike and how he checked it before you bought it. If the answer he gives you is not logical, I would be asking for a refund.

  3. Ragg2
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    I do not know how long you have had the bike, but if it was me, I would take the bike back to the seller and let him prove to you that there is oil in the bike and how he checked it before you bought it. If the answer he gives you is not logical, I would be asking for a refund.
    It was a private party sale and while I've only had it for a month asking for a refund isn't really an option. The bike seems to run fine now and it may only be low or I may just not be able to see it.

    Is there another way to check the oil?

  4. psibbi
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    My glass was so gunked up when I got my bike, you couldn't see a thing. I had to scrub a lot with a couple of different cleaners to get it clear enough to see inside.

    If you want to make sure, stick a plastic zip tie or something like that into the filler hole to see if there is oil there.

  5. virefaceone
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    Are you siitting the bike up level when you check it? if not, the whole little window will be covered up to the top with oil and it looks dirty and you get the glare from a light but its actually just oil covering up the window. if you can get someone to help you, have them level the bike or even lean over to the right a bit to get the oil to flow out to the other side a bit and you should be able to see through the glass into the crankcase. I had this issue at first, when I was finally able to see it correctly it was completely obvious. So if you havent been checking it with the bike level, try that. Unless you are a bit over filled this should cover the window up around halfway or wherever the mark is and you should be able to see into the crankcase.

  6. MigejCojode
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    Like virefaceone said. Get the bike level. Like psibbi said get the window clean because it's the only way to check the oil.

  7. wzdar6
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    I check my oil by putting it on my jack, start the engine for a few min., turn off and watch as the oil drains back. The glass won't have any oil in it while running. Now that I know what to look for I can check with a mirror while sitting on the bike and holding level. If it was my bike I would change the oil. Then I would know for sure it was OK.

  8. Ragg2
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    I check my oil by putting it on my jack, start the engine for a few min., turn off and watch as the oil drains back. The glass won't have any oil in it while running. Now that I know what to look for I can check with a mirror while sitting on the bike and holding level. If it was my bike I would change the oil. Then I would know for sure it was OK.
    I definitely want to change the oil. I'm going to read up on the manual to see if its something I want to tackle or go have done for the first time. Can you get the oil and filter at a regular auto parts store or do you have to do to a dealer?

  9. wzdar6
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    I have an oil relocation kit on my bike. It uses a K&N 303. I can pick up a filter at most any motorcycle dealer. I have bought at HD,Honda,and Yamaha dealers. That makes it easy to find one if something comes up on a trip!!

  10. ugen37
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    changing the oil is a breeze and it costs about $30 bucks in all

  11. retzdaret
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    You can buy the stuff seperate, but here is a great way to get it all at once and delivered to your door. This is what I did for my last change.

    cgi.ebay.com

  12. Ragg2
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    Like virefaceone said. Get the bike level. Like psibbi said get the window clean because it's the only way to check the oil.
    Got a fram filter and was told by the dealership to use 10w40 oil. Is there a specific brand to look for? Local auto parts has valvoline specific to bikes.

  13. CludchBoj
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    I tried a lot of differnt ways, even used a level and shims, but the only way I could see an oil level line was to have a helper hold the bike upright and move it side to side slowly. Hope this helps

  14. falconfan247
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    I have the lady friend sit on the bike and hold it level. Then help her rock it back and forth so I can see the oil level. YES, it is a big pain in the butt, but it's the only way I guess...

  15. MigejCojode
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    Got a fram filter and was told by the dealership to use 10w40 oil. Is there a specific brand to look for? Local auto parts has valvoline specific to bikes.
    Sorry I missed this earlier.

    Oil brand is always a hot topic for debate. I'm partial to Yamalube semisynthetic but mostly because it's the cheapest semi synth here.

    Either way don't buy oils with "friction additives" look for oils that are safe for wet clutch engines. Friction additives wreak havoc on our clutches. It costs a bit extra but if you use a motorcycle specific oil you can't go wrong.

  16. Chgjzpag
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    Found this and thought it might help...

    yamahastarclub.yuku.com

  17. falconfan247
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    Found this and thought it might help...http://yamahastarclub.yuku.com/topic...-STAR-650.html
    Anyone know how well that works?

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