bikes have oil? u mean like in a car? wow. Anybody ever fill up their big block chevy with like 3 fresh qts before looking down at the floor and noticing you forgot to put the drain plug back in? Anybody besides me?
You've got that right. The Fairlady's were among the coolest classic sports cars ever. I think that the appearance of the SP2 and SP3 Fairlady's really upped the ante in that era for what you should be able to expect from a two-seater. I put 'em up there with the Austin Healy Mark III's.
Another neat trick. I was helping a buddy replace the front disk brakes on his celica. We lossened the lug nuts, put the car up on jacks. pulled the driver side wheel off. Had a b!tch of a time getting the calipers to push in. Ran out of time, he had to get to work. Put everthing back together droped the car off the jacks. tightened the Drivers side lug nut all the way up, and off he went.
5 miles down the road he watched the pasenger side front wheel shoot ahead of his car. We forgot to tighten the lug nuts down after losening them.
Dood I had no choice. When I got to figuring out the accumulation of people I've pissed-off up here over the years it was a pretty big number. It kinda scared me. So I got the idea to grow me a ninja for protection. Little bugger already goes out and throws rocks at Turbo so I think that my back will be covered during my retirement years.
Old full size Chevy vans have this long oil filler tube about 1 inch in diameter that snakes down from under the hood to the right valve cover. A very tight fitting rubber plug lives at the filling end of the tube. Ok, so I am changing the oil in the old guzzler, drain dirty oil, remove and replace filter, replace drain plug, pour dirty oil contents from pan into old cat litter container for disposal. Now I am ready to add 5 fresh quarts to aforementioned filler tube. I tug and tug on that damn tight rubber plug and finally is comes free. With the residue of last night's barley pop circulating in my brain I failed to notice that I the filler tube also came free of the valve cover. In go the first four quarts and then I check the dip stick to see where the level is. Hmmmmmm, no level, what the flubber? Picture a big dip stick holding a small dip stick. I slowly bend over to have a look under the van and my suspicions are confirmed. Good thing I have cats.
FWIW - On both my motorcycle (ST1100-97 w/41000 miles) and autos, before I put the new filter on, I fill it to the point where the oil will just start to overflow on installation. This limits the amount of oil needed to top off after the initial start-up and seems to help raise the oil pressure faster by taking less time to fill the filter which would be dry longer otherwise. The thought is to reduce the amount of time it runs w/o oil pressure. My changes are roughly each season ~5k miles. The manual says go to 7500 miles between changes; too long IMHO.
An alternative for a cut up tin can to receive the oil:
Use one of those cheap common 12"x12" rubber or plastic tubs that will fit in your kitchen sink... Rubbermaid or whatever. BUT - put it inside a plastic trashbag first. The trash bag is all that gets dirty. No sharp edges. No left over oily can.
Pour the oil out of the tub (might need a funnel) into old milk jugs when you're done and toss the EMPTY wrong-side-out trash bag in the garbage.
Check with you bike dealer to see if they will accept the waste oil - or any oil change place. Some may not unless they are certain you don't have any solvents mixed in.
Remember to prime the filter. This is important as your filter media is dry at start up and will cause a delay in getting oil through the system until the filter media is saturated. When you start the oil change, first poor new motor oil into the filter up to the threads. Then begin your bike prep as the oil saturates the media. This way, when you start the bike after the oil change, the engine will get the benefit of an immediate delivery of oil without air pockets.
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