How to Change the Oil on a Honda Rebelby Cameron Easey
Every year, at the beginning of spring, you should change the oil in your Honda Rebel to keep the bike in good running order. Changing the oil on your Honda Rebel is part of the maintenance routine that is needed to maintain your bike. You can take your bike to a garage to change the oil or you can change the oil yourself and save a bit of money in the process.
Turn on the motor and let the engine run for about five minutes. If it is a nice day go out for a short ride. This will warm the engine and make the oil more fluid.
Place the bike on a level surface, such as the floor of a garage.
Locate the drain bolt that is under the side of the engine between the foot peg and kick stand on the left side of the bike.
Place the drain pan under the drain bolt.
Loosen the drain bolt using the 17mm socket with the socket wrench. If more clearance is needed you can use a wrench extension. Turn the bolt counter-clockwise to loosen it.
Continue to slowly turn the bolt counter-clockwise with your fingers. This will allow the oil to begin to drain out of the reservoir slowly into the drain pan.
Remove the oil cap on the reservoir to allow the oil to drain faster. Wait about 15 minutes for the oil to completely drain from the reservoir.
Replace the drain bolt and tighten it with the wrench once all of the oil has drained from the reservoir.
Place a funnel into reservoir where you removed the oil cap. Add the motor oil to the reservoir. The bike will take about 1.6 quarts of oil. Check the oil level by looking at the dip stick. Stop filling the reservoir when the oil reaches the "Full" line on the dip stick.
Remove the funnel and replace the oil cap.
Drain the old oil into a milk jug using the funnel.
- Take the oil to a recycling center or a local AutoZone to properly dispose of the oil.
- If you let the engine run too long the mufflers will be hot to the touch and can cause burns.
Items you will need
- Socket Wrench
- Wrench extension
- 17mm socket
- Drain pan
- 2 quarts motor oil
- Milk jug
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