How to Change Oil on Yamaha Bikes

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

As Yamaha bike first V-twin-powered cruiser motorcycle, the Yamaha bike has become a favorite for riders who prefer the bike's classic lines and nimble handling. Although the Yamaha bike was available in a range of engine sizes, the Yamaha bike model is the most commonly seen on the road today. Unlike modern motorcycles, which use a spin-on-type oil filter, the Yamaha bike utilizes an older, in-motor filter element to clean the oil. While its not difficult to replace the filter and change the oil, a new Yamaha bike rider can be perplexed by the apparent lack of an oil filter.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change Oil on a 600 Grizzly

Park your Grizzly on level ground. Gather the tools needed to change the oil.

Remove the three Phillips screws from the left side engine cover. Pull this cover off. Start the engine and let it run for about five minutes (to warm up), then turn it off. Place your oil drain pan underneath the Grizzly.

Twist off the oil filler cap -- it's also the dipstick -- and set it aside in a safe place. Remove the oil drain plug with a socket wrench; it's located on the underside of the Grizzly. Allow the oil to drain into the pan for about 10 minutes.

Remove the three bolts that secure the engine oil filter cover -- from the side you removed the engine cover from. Pull the oil filter straight off.

Remove the oil filter o-ring (found on the underside of the oil filter cover) and the drain plug gasket. They cannot be re-used.

Insert the new oil filter into place. Insert the oil filter o-ring into the oil filter cover. Re-attach the oil filter cover; tighten the bolts to 7.2-foot-pounds of torque.

Attach the new drain plug gasket to the engine oil drain plug. Replace and tighten the engine oil drain plug to 17-foot-pounds of torque.

Add the replacement oil through the oil filler port, using a funnel. The Grizzly 600's capacity is 2.1-quarts. If you ride in temperatures from below zero to 30 degrees F, Yamaha recommends 5W-30 oil; from 10 degrees F through 100 degrees F, Yamaha recommends 10W-30; from 40 degrees F through 120 degrees F, Yamaha says to use 20W-40 oil. Replace the engine oil filler cap and tighten it well.

Start the engine; let it run for a few minutes while you check underneath for oil leaks.

Items you will need

  • Gloves

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Oil drain pan

  • Socket wrench

  • Oil filter

  • 3 quarts 20W-40, 10W-30 or 5W-30 engine oil

  • Replacement filter o-ring

  • Replacement drain plug gasket

  • Torque wrench

 How to Change the Oil on a Yamaha V-Star 1100

Place the block of wood under the kickstand to sit the bike upright. Loosen the 12 mm nuts on the front exhaust flange one turn with a socket -- when the engine is warmed up and the exhaust studs have expanded, the nuts will still come off without running the risk of ruining the threads.

Start the engine and let it run for a short period to warm up, then shut it off. Place the drain pan under the engine, close to the front, under the oil filter. Remove the oil drain plug, which is recessed slightly, using a socket, to allow the oil to drain. When the oil has drained sufficiently, install the drain plug and tighten it snugly.

Remove the two bolts securing the mufflers to the mounting bracket, using a socket. Remove the two exhaust nuts. Pull the pipe out of the flange and push it rearward to dislodge the muffler -- this will give access to the filter.

Remove the lower front chrome cover, using a Torx bit. Remove the three bolts in the oil filter-housing cap using a Torx bit. Twist the cap slightly and pull it off. Inspect the O-ring on the cap and replace it if it is ripped. Stick a finger in the center of the oil filter and pull the O-ring out of the housing.

Insert a new filter and replace the cap. Tighten the Torx bolts to 9 foot-pounds of torque. Install the chrome cover over the oil filter housing and tighten the Torx bolts snugly. Unscrew the oil filler cap and pour 3 quarts of oil in the engine. Watch the sight glass under the filler cap -- the engine takes 3.3 quarts. Pour oil in the engine in small increments, until the level is correct in the sight glass. Replace the oil filler cap.

Install the exhaust pipe by sliding it on the rear bracket and placing the front header pipe into the exhaust flange. Install the two nuts loosely in the front exhaust flange. Install the two muffler-to-support bracket bolts and tighten them firmly.

Tighten the front header flange nuts, but do not over-tighten them ,or you may break the studs when the engine warms up. Make sure they are snug only. Wipe all the fingerprints off the pipe.

Items you will need

  • Block of 2-by-4-inch wood to be placed under the kickstand

  • Ratchet

  • Set of sockets

  • Torx bit drivers

  • Oil filter

  • 4 quarts of oil

  • Drain pan

 How Do I Change the Oil in a Yamaha Virago 750?

Lift the motorcycle onto its center stand, place it in neutral and start the motor. Let the motor run for five minutes to warm the oil, which will help it flow easier and speed up the draining process. Stop the motor and turn off the ignition switch.

Unbolt the left front foot peg with a socket wrench and pull the entire peg assembly off of the frame. This will provide better clearance to the oil filter.

Locate the oil drain plug on the bottom of the motorcycle and place a catch basin directly under it. Remove the drain plug bolt with a socket wrench and allow the oil to drain completely. Replace the drain plug bolt when the flow of oil slows to a trickle.

Remove the three Allen-head bolts that secure the oil filter cover to the left side of the motor with an Allen key. Pull the retaining clamp and filter cover away from the motor.

Remove and inspect the oil filter cover O-rings. Replace them if they are damaged in any way. Pull the oil filter out of the motor and place it in your oil catch basin.

Install a new oil filter into the motor and place the O-rings and filter cover over it. Secure the filter cover by tightening the three Allen bolts into place with an Allen key.

Remove the filler cap on the left side of the motor and place a funnel into the filler neck. Slowly pour oil into the motor, adding no more than 3.3 quarts to prevent overfilling the motor. Remove the funnel and replace the filler cap.

Wipe away any oil that spilled onto the motor or frame with a shop towel and reinstall the left front foot peg.

Items you will need

  • Socket set

  • Socket wrench

  • Catch basin

  • Allen key set

  • Funnel

  • Oil

  • Shop towel

 How to Change Your Oil on a Yamaha 2006 Roadstar 1700

Balance the bike on a stand to ensure the bike does not tip over. The bike will be easy to tip if it is on the kickstand. Grab the seat by the sides and pull it off the bike. This will expose the dipstick/oil fill cap.

Locate the two drain plugs under the bike. There will be a drain plug directly under the engine on the engine oil drain pan. There is also a drain plug at the bottom of the crank case. Place a drain pan under both the oil pans.

Unscrew both of the drain plugs with a socket wrench and a 17mm socket attached to the wrench. Allow all the oil to drain out of the pans. This process will take up to 15 minutes. Screw the drain plugs back in to the drain pan when the process is complete.

Unscrew the oil filter located on the engine with a cap-style oil filter wrench. Spread a small amount of oil on to the new filter gasket. Tighten the filter to the bike by hand. This will ensure the threads do not get stripped out by overtightening.

Locate the plug behind the rear cylinder and unscrew it with a 10mm hex wrench. Pour in 3 qts of 20W50 motorcycle oil into the opening. Using a funnel will help decrease the chance of making a mess. Tighten the plug with the socket wrench.

Twist the dipstick off the top of the engine. Pour in the remaining 2 qts of oil in the engine. Wipe the dipstick off with a clean rag and insert the dipstick back into the engine. Pull it back out and verify the oil level is between the two hash marks on the dipstick. Pour in 1/4 qts intervals and check until it reads full on the dipstick.

Screw in the dipstick/oil fill cap. Start the bike and allow it to idle for 5 minutes. Turn the bike off and check the oil once more.

Push the seat back on over the engine.

Items you will need

  • Motorcycle stand

  • Socket set

  • Socket wrench

  • Hex key set

  • Drain pan

  • 6 qts 20W50 synthetic motorcycle oil

  • Rag

 How to Change the Oil in a 1999 Yamaha Yz400f

Start your YZ400F and take it for a short, five-minute ride to warm the engine oil. Place the YZ400F on its triangular stand once it has warmed and let it cool for 10 minutes.

Place an oil catch pan below the YZ400F's engine. Unscrew the engine crankcase drain plug, located at the center of the skid plate beneath the engine, using a socket wrench and a 17 mm socket. Let the crankcase oil drain until it diminishes to a light trickle.

Unscrew the oil tank cap from the YZ400F's frame, between the fuel tank and the handlebars. Place a funnel below the oil tank drain plug, located on the bottom of the forward frame rail near the front of the engine. Point the funnel at your oil catch pan, then unscrew the oil tank drain plug, using a socket wrench and a 14 mm socket. Let the oil drain from the oil tank until it diminishes to a light trickle.

Clean the crankcase and oil tank drain plug tips and threads with a shop towel, then screw the plugs into the engine and the frame by hand. Tighten the crankcase drain plug to 14 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and a 17 mm socket. Tighten the oil tank drain plug to 17 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and a 14 mm socket.

Loosen the clamp attaching the exhaust pipe to the muffler, using a flat screwdriver. Unscrew the exhaust pipe bolts from the front of the engine cylinder, using a 5 mm Allen wrench. Pull the exhaust pipe forward by hand until it separates from the engine cylinder and the muffler.

Unscrew the lower oil filter cover bolt, located at the front of the right engine crankcase cover, using a 4 mm Allen wrench. Let the oil remaining in the oil filter housing drain into your oil catch pan. Unscrew the two upper oil filter cover bolts, using a socket wrench and a 10 mm socket. Pull the oil filter cover and the oil filer out of the right side of engine.

Push a new oil filter into the oil filter housing by hand. Check the O-rings on the inner face of the oil filter cover for tears or brittleness. Remove and replace the O-rings, if they are damaged in any way. Coat the O-rings with a 10W-30 Type SH engine oil, then push the oil filter cover into place. Tighten the oil filter cover bolts to 7.2 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench, 4 mm Allen socket and 10 mm socket.

Slip the exhaust pipe into the muffler and the exhaust port at the front of the engine cylinder by hand. Screw the exhaust pipe bolts into place, using a 5 mm Allen wrench. Tighten the bolts to 17 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and a 5 mm Allen socket. Tighten the muffler clamp, using a flat screwdriver.

Place a funnel into the oil tank filler neck. Fill the oil tank with 1.5 quarts of 10W-30 engine oil. Remove the funnel and screw the oil cap into place by hand.

Wipe away any spilled oil with a shop towel, then start the YZ400F's engine to circulate the oil. Let the motorcycle idle for three minutes, then stop the engine. Remove the oil cap and clean its dipstick with a shop towel. Reinsert the dipstick into the oil tank, then withdraw it. Add one to 2 ounces of oil into the oil tank at a time, if the oil level is below the lower mark imprinted on the dipstick. Clean the dipstick and screw the oil cap into place, if the oil level is between the dipstick's upper and lower marks.

Items you will need

  • Oil catch pan

  • Socket wrench

  • 10 and 17 mm sockets

  • Funnel

  • Shop towels

  • Torque wrench

  • 4 and 5 mm Allen wrenches

  • Oil filter

  • 2 quarts, 10W-30 Type SH engine oil

 How to Change the Oil on a Yamaha V Star 650

Ride your Yamaha V Star 650 to warm the bike up to running temperature. Oil should always be changed warm as it will drain more easily out of the crank case. Set the bike on a stand that holds the bike level. Use a center stand if so equipped. Do not, however, use the side stand when performing an oil change as this will not allow all the oil to drain from the bike.

Remove the seat by removing the passenger seat bolt and the two bolts that hold the main seat bracket in place. Remove the oil dipstick from the bike, then place a drain pan underneath the engine of the motorcycle. Use a 17 mm box wrench to remove the first drain bolt, found underneath the crank case, and a 17 mm ratchet and extension to remove the second, found behind the rear suspension. Allow the oil to drain then replace both bolts tightly.

Remove the oil filter at the front of the bike using an oil filter wrench. Lubricate the gasket of the new oil filter with a small bit of engine oil then tighten it onto the oil filter socket. Do not over-tighten the oil filter or you may damage it.

Remove the oil filler plug, found behind the rear cylinder of the engine, with a 10 mm hex wrench. Using a funnel and flexible tubing, add 3.2 quarts of 20w40 motorcycle oil to the crank case. Replace and tighten the oil filler plug.

Add one quart of 20w40 motorcycle oil to the oil filler found underneath the seat. Replace the oil dipstick and start the bike. Allow it to idle for at least five minutes. After the bike has idled, turn it off, check the oil level using the dipstick and add any oil necessary to bring the oil level to the center of the hash-marks on the dipstick.

Replace the seat of your V Star 650, start the bike up and go for a short ride. Remember that a bike will always act differently when idling than when actually being driven; so when you return, check the oil level again. If it has lowered considerably, take your bike to a certified Yamaha motorcycle mechanic to be checked out. If all is well, the bike is good to ride until the next oil change.

Items you will need

  • 17 mm box wrench

  • 17 mm socket wrench with extension

  • 10 mm hex wrench

  • 5 quarts 20w40 motorcycle oil

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Funnel and flexible tube

  • Replacement oil filter

  • Drain pan

 How to Change the Oil on a Yamaha Midnight Maxim 750

Select a flat, open work area, then lift the motorcycle onto its center stand. Start the engine and let it idle for three minutes to warm the engine oil. Stop the engine, then let it cool for another 10 minutes.

Unscrew the oil cap from the top of the right engine crankcase cover by hand to vent the oil system.

Place an oil drain pan below the oil filter housing and oil drain plug located at the front of the engine, between the exhaust header pipes. Unscrew the oil drain plug, positioned under the oil filter housing, using a 17 mm socket with a 6-inch extension and a socket wrench. Let the oil drain for at least five minutes, or until the oil flow has reduced to a thin trickle.

Clean the oil drain plug with a shop towel to remove any debris stuck to the plug's tip and threads. Screw the oil drain plug into the engine by hand, then tighten it to 22 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench.

Unscrew the bolt at the center of the oil filter housing, using a 12 mm socket with a 6-inch extension and a socket wrench. A small amount of oil may be held within the oil filter housing. Let the oil drain, then pull the oil filter housing off of the engine. Pull the oil filter retaining spring and the oil filter out of the engine. Clean the inside of the oil filter housing and engine's mounting surfaces with a shop towel to remove any remaining oil and debris.

Check the oil filter housing O-ring for tears or fraying. Replace the O-ring if it is damaged in any way.

Push the oil filter housing bolt through the oil filter housing, then slip the oil filter retaining spring over the end of the bolt. Lubricate the gaskets on both sides of the new oil filter with 10W-30 engine oil, then slide the oil filter over the oil filter bolt. Place the oil filter housing against the engine and screw the oil filter housing bolt into place, using a 12 mm socket with a 6-inch extension and a socket wrench. Tighten the oil filter housing bolt to 22 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench.

Fill the engine with 2.5 quarts of 10W-30 engine oil. Pour the oil into the oil filler neck located at the top of the left engine crankcase cover, using a funnel. Watch the oil level rise as you fill the engine, using the oil level gauge built into the lower edge of the left engine crankcase cover. Ideally, the oil level should be centered in the gauge after filling the engine with 2.5 quarts of oil. If the oil level is below the center of the gauge, pour an additional 2 to 3 oz. of oil into the oil filler neck. Remove the funnel and screw the oil cap into place by hand.

Wipe away any spilled oil from the left engine crankcase cover, the oil filter housing and the exhaust header pipes, with a shop towel. Start the engine and let it idle for three minutes. This will circulate the fresh oil throughout the engine and the oil filter. Stop the engine, then let the oil settle for five minutes.

Check the oil level through the oil level gauge. If the oil level is below the center of the gauge, pour 1 oz. of 10W-30 engine oil into the engine and check the oil level again. Repeat as needed until the oil level is centered within the oil level gauge. It is okay if the oil level is higher than the center of the oil level gauge, as long as the gauge is not filled completely.

Lower the motorcycle onto its kick stand.

Items you will need

  • Oil drain pan

  • 12 and 17 mm sockets

  • 6-inch extension

  • Socket wrench

  • Shop towels

  • Oil filter housing O-ring

  • Oil filter

  • Three quarts, 10W-30 engine oil

  • Torque wrench

 Do it Yourself Oil Change on a Yamaha R1 Motorcycle

Preparation

As with many endeavors, success lies in proper preparation. Obtaining a service manual for your model year R1 can provide a wealth of knowledge, above and beyond the details required for an engine oil and filter replacement. In fact, a service manual is the single most valuable tool. Aside from the manual, be sure to have a fresh oil filter, four quarts of oil, an oil filter wrench, a socket wrench, and a metric allen head socket set. You may want to have a supply of clean towels or rags at hand to clean any spills that happen. If you have access to bike stand, either for the front forks or the rear swing arm, if can help speed the process along as well as providing a solid support for your motorcycle. Lastly, be sure to have a good oil catch container to collect used engine oil.

Draining the Oil

Before you begin, start the bike up and let it idle for a few minutes to warm up the oil. Warm oil flows easier, cutting down the amount of time it takes to drain from the engine. Just be sure that the engine is warm, not hot, to keep yourself from getting burnt. If you have a stand, place the bike up on it. If not, leaving it on the side stand is fine too. Place your oil catch directly under the motorcycle's engine and loosen the oil drain plug, which is located directly under the engine between the exhaust header pipes. Watch out for hot pipes. Next, remove the oil filter, which is located just below the radiator on the front left hand side of the motor. Although it isn't necessary, remove the left side lower fairing for easier access. Let the oil drain until the dripping stops.

Refilling the Oil

Putting fresh oil into the engine starts with the oil filter. Pour a small amount of it into the new filter and let it stand for a few minutes to release any air that may have been trapped within. While the filter stands, reinstall the drain plug snugly, but be careful not to over-tighten it or you will damage the plugs threads. Screw the new filter into place by hand until it is tight and add fresh oil in through the cap on the right side of the motor (on the clutch cover). The R1 will use just under 4 quarts of oil, so don't overfill. Wipe up any spills and start up the bike. While the bike is running, slowly loosen the oil filter until a small amount of oil begins to escape from the space between the filter and the engine, then tighten again. This is called "burping" the oil filter, a trick used to purge the oil system of trapped air bubbles that can starve the engine of oil. Once the filter is tightened again, turn off the bike and replace the lower fairing.

Final Touches

Once you've gotten the oil in and "burped" the filter, wipe up any spilled oil, especially if you've gotten it on the exhaust pipes. Oil burns quickly on the heated pipes and smokes easily, which can be a slightly embarrassing and odorous situation. Finally, dispose of your used oil properly by taking it to a local auto parts store for recycling.

 How do I Change Oil on a WR250 Yamaha?

Prepare the motorcycle before changing the oil. Remove the skid plate and engine guards from the bottom of the motor, using a 10mm and an 8mm socket to unscrew the skid plate's bolts. Lower the skid plate and pull it away from the motorcycle. Using a brake cleaning spray, clean the area around the oil filler, the oil filter cover, as well as the oil drain plugs on the oil tank and the bottom left side of the motor. Wipe these areas with a shop towel to remove any remaining dirt or debris.

Start the motorcycle to warm its oil supply. Allow the engine to idle for at least three minutes, then turn off the ignition.

Unscrew the oil filler cap from the oil tank. Remove the drain plug bolt from the oil tank using a 12mm socket. Allow the oil to drain into a container. Clean off the drain plug bolt's tip with a shop towel and reinsert it into the oil tank with a 12mm socket. Screw the oil tank filler cap into place.

Unscrew the oil filler cap from the left side of the motor. Move your container below the drain plug bolt on the bottom left side of the motor, just below the shift lever. Use a 12mm socket to remove the drain plug bolt and allow the motor's oil to drain into your container. Clean off the drain plug bolt's tip with a shop towel and reinsert it into the oil tank with a 12mm socket.

Move your container below the oil filter cover on the right side of the motor. Using a 4mm Allen key, remove the bottom bolt from the oil cover. Hold the motorcycle upright to drain any remaining oil from the oil filter into your container. Remove the remaining bolts from the oil filter cover using a 4mm Allen key and pull the cover off the motor.

Inspect the oil filter cover's O-rings for tears, replacing them as needed with new O-rings. Coat the O-rings with fresh 10W40 motor oil. Pull the oil filter and its retaining spring out of the motor. Insert a fresh oil filter into the motor. Clean the retaining spring with brake cleaner and wipe dry with a a shop towel. Place the spring over the oil filter. Place the oil filter cover over the motor. Using a 4mm Allen key, reinsert and tighten the cover's bolts.

Place a funnel into the motor's oil filler neck. Pour up to 1.5 quarts of fresh 10W40 motor oil into the motor. Remove the funnel and wipe away any oil spills with a shop towel. Screw the oil filler cap onto the motor's oil filler neck.

Clean off any spilled oil from the motor using brake cleaner and shop towels. Start the motorcycle and let it warm up for three minutes. Stop the motor and check the oil level using the dipstick on the motor's oil filler cap. Add oil as needed to raise the oil level to the dipstick's "FULL" mark.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench and sockets

  • Brake cleaning spray

  • Shop towels

  • Container

  • 4mm Allen key

  • Oil filter cover O-rings

  • Oil filter

  • Funnel

  • 2 quarts 10W40 motor oil

 How to Change the Oil in a Yamaha Raider

Slide the oil drip pan directly underneath the engine block of your Raider.

Place the end of your wrench around your Raider's oil drain plug bolt at the bottom of the engine and turn it to the left to unscrew it. Allow all the old oil to flow into the drain pan, then put the oil plug back and tighten it.

Unscrew your Raider's oil filter by hand. It is located on the left side of the engine. It will unscrew by hand. Screw your new filter in its place.

Open your oil fill cap at the top of your engine and pour 2.5 quarts of 10-W-40 motor oil into your engine. Replace your oil fill cap when you are done.

Items you will need

  • Wrench set

  • Drip pan

  • Yamaha oil filter

 How to Change the Oil in a 2000 Yamaha Timberwolf

Park the Timberwolf on level ground and allow the engine to cool. Place the oil drain pan under the drain nut.

Remove the drain nut using the ratchet and socket. Drain the oil and then replace and tighten the drain nut.

Remove the black, oil cap from the side of the engine with your hand. Pour the new oil into the engine and replace the oil cap.

Items you will need

  • Oil drain pan

  • Ratchet

  • 1/2-inch socket

  • 2 1/2 qts. engine oil

 How Do I Change Oil on a Yamaha 225?

Remove the front skid plate from the bottom of the motor. Using a 12 mm socket, remove the bolts that secure the skid plate to the frame.

Start the motorcycle and allow it to idle for three to five minutes to warm the oil supply. Stop the motor and place the motorcycle on a stand or lift to hold it in an upright position.

Unscrew the oil filler cap from the right side of the motor. Remove the oil drain bolt from the bottom of the motor using a 14 mm socket. Allow the motor's oil to drain into an oil pan. Remove the drain bolt's spring, oil screen and washer from the motor and wipe clean with a shop towel. Reinsert the oil screen spring, washer and drain bolt into the motor. Tighten the drain bolt with a 14 mm socket.

Locate the oil filter cover on the right side of the motor. Remove the bottom screw from the cover using a 6 mm Allen key and allow any remaining oil to drain. Remove the remaining two screws from the cover with a 6 mm Allen key and pull the cover away from the motor.

Pull the oil filter out of the motor and replace it with a fresh oil filter. Inspect the oil filter cover's O-ring. Replace the O-ring if it is damaged in any way. Place the oil filter cover over the motor and tighten the cover's screws with a 6 mm Allen key. Wipe away any spilled oil with a shop towel.

Insert a funnel into the oil filler neck on the right side of the motor. Pour up to 1 qt. of fresh 10W30 SE/F type motor oil into the motor. Remove the funnel and wipe away any spilled oil before screwing the oil filler cap back into place.

Reinstall the skid plate onto the frame, using a 12 mm socket to insert and tighten the plate's bolts.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • 12 and 14 mm sockets

  • Motorcycle stand or lift

  • Oil pan

  • Shop towels

  • 6 mm Allen key

  • Oil filter

  • Oil filter cover O-ring

  • Funnel

  • 10W30 SE/F type oil, 1 qt.

 How to Change the Oil on a 2005 Yamaha Kodiak 450

Remove the seat, using the release latch on the rear.

Remove the left side panel to access the oil filter and the oil filler neck. Pull the plastic post on the top of the left side panel away from the fuel tank. Lift the side panel until its tabs separate from the ATV. Set the side panel aside.

Spray the oil filler cap and the filler neck with brake cleaner spray to remove any dirt or debris. Remove the oil filler cap.

Use a 22 mm socket to unscrew the drain plug from the bottom of the motor's crankcase, positioned near the front left side of the motor. Drain the oil into an oil pan and screw the drain plug into the motor by hand. Tighten the drain plug to 17 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench.

Use a 17 mm socket to unscrew the second drain plug from the center of the crankcase. Pull the drain plug, retaining the spring and oil strainer from the crankcase, and drain the remaining oil into an oil pan.

Clean the oil strainer with a brake cleaner spray to remove any trapped debris. Screw the oil strainer, retaining the spring and drain plug, into the crankcase by hand. Tighten the drain plug to 17 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench.

Unscrew the oil filter from the left side of the motor, above the oil filler neck, using an oil filter cap wrench. Wipe away any oil that may have spilled from the filter with a shop rag.

Coat the new oil filter's O-ring with fresh 10W30 motor oil. Screw the oil filter onto the motor by hand until it is seated against the crankcase. Tighten the oil filter to 12 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench.

Pour up to 2.5 quarts of 10W30 motor oil into the oil filler neck. Press the oil filler cap onto the filler neck.

Slide the left side panel's lower tabs into the ATV's frame. Press the plastic post on the top of the panel into the rubber grommet on the side of the fuel tank. Lock the seat into place.

Items you will need

  • Brake cleaner spray

  • 17 and 22 millimeter (mm) sockets

  • Socket wrench

  • Oil pan

  • Torque wrench

  • Oil filter cap wrench

  • Shop rags

  • 3 quarts 10W30 motor oil

 How to Change the Oil in a Yamaha 1600

Pull off the seat to the motorcycle with your hands. Locate the dipstick which is on the right side of the seat area, then pull the dipstick away from the motorcycle.

Put the drain pan underneath the middle of the motorcycle. Remove the two drain bolts on the bottom of the motorcycle, one of which is vertically below the factory dipstick, and the other is on the side of the oil tank. Remove these bolts with an open-end wrench and the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets. Let the oil drain into the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then reinstall the drain bolts.

Remove the oil filter from the side of the engine using the oil filter wrench. Dip your finger in oil, then run the finger around the rubber seal on the replacement oil filter. Install the replacement oil filter on the engine using your hand, and don't over tighten it or else you will have problems removing it on your next oil change.

Remove the oil fill plug located behind the rear cylinder using a hex-head key. Install a funnel into the plug and then pour 3.2 quarts of oil into the crankcase. Reinstall the oil fill plug.

Reinstall the dipstick and the seat with your hands.

Items you will need

  • Drain pan

  • Open-end wrench set

  • 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket set

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Replacement oil filter

  • 3.2 quarts of oil

  • Hex-head key set

  • Funnel

 How to Change the Oil on a Yamaha ATV

Warm the ATV's engine and oil supply. Start the ATV and let it idle for 3 minutes, then stop the engine and let it cool for another 10 minutes.

Remove the plastic engine covers, if any, from both sides of the ATV. Pull the bosses on the upper edge of the cover, near the ATV's seat, out of the grommets built into the ATV's frame. Pull the covers toward the rear of the ATV until the tabs at the front of the cover are free from the front fender.

Unscrew the oil cap from the top of the right engine crankcase cover. Wipe the cap's attached dipstick clean with a shop towel. Inspect the oil cap O-ring for damage. Replace the O-ring if it is torn or frayed.

Place an oil drain pan beneath the engine crankcase drain plug, located either directly under or along the left side of the crankcase. Unscrew the drain plug, using a 17 mm socket and a socket wrench. Drain the engine oil into your drain pan.

Unscrew the oil tank drain plug from the bottom of the oil tank, located behind the engine, using a 17 mm socket and a socket wrench. Drain the engine oil into your drain pan. Skip this step if your ATV is not equipped with an oil tank.

Remove the gasket or O-ring from the drain plug, then wipe the plug's threads with a shop towel. Slip a new O-ring or gasket onto the drain plug, then screw the plug into the crankcase by hand. Tighten the drain plug to 17 foot-pounds, using a 17 mm socket and a torque wrench. Reinstall the oil tank drain plug, if applicable, using the same method.

Remove the oil filter from the right side of the engine. Use a cap-type filter wrench to remove a spin-on-type oil filter. If the ATV uses an internal filter element, unscrew the oil filter cover from the right engine crankcase cover with a 10 mm socket or a 5 mm Allen wrench. Pull the cover, oil filter spring and the oil filter off of the engine. Wipe up any remaining oil with a shop towel.

Install the new oil filter into the engine. Spread fresh engine oil around the filter's sealing O-rings. If you are installing a spin-on filter, screw it into place by hand until it is seated firmly against the engine. Alternatively, push the internal oil filter into the engine, followed by the oil filter spring and the oil filter cover. Screw the oil filter cover bolts into place, using a 10 mm socket or a 5 mm Allen wrench. Tighten the bolts to 7.6 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench.

Place a funnel into the engine's filler neck, located on top of the right engine crankcase cover. Fill the engine with the amount and type of engine oil specified in your ATV's owner's manual. Screw the oil cap into place by hand.

Fill the oil tank with the amount and type of engine oil specified in your ATV's owner's manual. Screw the oil cap into place by hand. Skip this step if your ATV does not have an external oil tank

Start the ATV and let it idle in place for 3 minutes. Watch for leaks at the oil drain plugs and the oil filter or oil filter cover. If a leak appears, tighten the affected part an additional quarter-turn. Stop the engine.

Unscrew the oil cap, then wipe the dipstick clean with a shop towel. Insert the dipstick into the oil tank or engine until the cap's threads are resting on the oil filler neck. Pull the dipstick out and check the oil level. If the oil level is below the dipstick's lower mark, pour 1 to 2 oz. of engine oil into the oil tank or the engine. Recheck the oil level. Screw the oil cap into place, if the oil level is above the lower mark.

Reinstall both plastic engine covers. Slide the tabs on the front of the covers into the slots cut into the front fender. Push the bosses on the upper edges of the engine covers into the grommets built into the ATV's frame.

Items you will need

  • Shop towels

  • Oil cap O-ring

  • Oil drain pan

  • 10 and 17 mm sockets

  • Socket wrench

  • Oil drain plug O-rings

  • Torque wrench

  • 5 mm Allen wrench

  • Funnel

  • Engine oil