How to Change the Oil Filter on Bikes

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Yamaha bike all-terrain vehicle was designed to tackle a wide range of riding environments, from rural pastures to rocky trails. Ensuring that the Yamaha bike is ready at all times hinges on how well you maintain the ATV. Changing the ATV's engine oil and oil filter every six months can prolong the life of the engine by keeping the engine's internal parts well lubricated and minimizing internal wear. Riding in extreme weather or harsh riding environments will take a toll on the engine's oil and call for more frequent oil changes.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Oil Filter on a Suzuki Z250

Drain the oil from the motor. Locate the oil drain plug on the bottom of the right motor's crankcase cover and place an oil pan beneath it. Using a 17mm socket wrench, remove the drain plug and allow the oil to drain. Screw the drain plug into place until it is seated against the crankcase then tighten it an additional half-turn with a socket wrench.

Locate the oil filter cover on the right crankcase cover, behind the rear brake pedal. Move the oil pan directly under the oil filter cover. Using a socket wrench, remove the drain plug from the center of the oil filter cover and allow any remaining oil to drain. Screw the drain plug into place until it is seated against the oil filter cover then tighten it an additional half-turn with a socket wrench.

Remove the set of three bolts that secure the oil filter cover to the right crankcase cover with a socket wrench. Pull the oil filter cover away from the right crankcase cover to reveal the oil filter. A spring attached to the inner surface of the oil filter may have been dislodged during removal. Press the spring onto the flange in the center of the oil filter cover. Inspect the oil filter cover's large O-ring for damage, replacing it if there is any sign of tears or stretching.

Pull the oil oil filter out of the motor and remove the O-ring from the inner face of the filter. Inspect the O-ring and replace it if it is torn or damaged in any way. Discard the old oil filter.

Slip the O-ring onto the open inner end of the new oil filter and slide the filter into the motor. Place the oil filter cover over the oil filter. Insert the set of three bolts into the oil filter cover and tighten them with a socket wrench.

Items you will need

  • Oil Pan

  • Socket wrench and sockets

  • Oil filter cover O-ring (Suzuki part #09280-54001)

  • Oil filter O-ring (Suzuki part #09280-13004)

  • Oil filter (Suzuki Part #16510-25C00)

 How to Change the Oil & Filter on a Yamaha Waverunner 1100X

Mount the watercraft on its trailer, then park the trailer in a level, horizontal position.

Remove the seat using the seat latch at the rear of the seat. Remove the cap from the cooling system flush hose. Connect a garden hose to the flush hose using the adapter included in the watercraft's tool kit.

Turn the garden hose on until water begins to pour out of watercraft's jet nozzle, then start the engine. Let the engine idle for three minutes, then stop the engine and turn off the garden hose. Let the engine cool for 10 minutes.

Unscrew the oil filler cap from the oil tank, located at the top of the engine. Insert the inlet hose of a oil change pump into the oil tank. Place the pump's outlet hose in a 2-gallon plastic jug. Turn on the pump. Drain the oil tank until the pump cannot pull any more oil into the jug. Pull the pump's hoses out of the jug and the engine, and immediately wipe the hoses clean with a shop towel. Screw the jug's cap into place to prevent spills.

Wrap a shop towel around the base of the oil filter, located along the left side of the engine. Unscrew the oil filter using a cap-type oil filter wrench. Wipe away any spilled oil.

Coat the O-ring on the bottom of the new oil filter with SAE 10W-30 Type SE engine oil. Screw the oil filter onto the engine and tighten it to 12 foot-pounds using a torque wrench.

Pour 2.5 quarts of engine oil into the oil tank, then screw the oil cap into place.

Turn on the garden hose and start the engine. Let the engine idle for three minutes, then stop the engine and turn off the garden hose. Let the engine cool for another 10 minutes.

Unscrew the oil tank cap and wipe its dipstick clean with a shop towel. Check the oil level using the dip stick. Add more oil to the oil tank to raise the oil level to the midway point between the upper and lower marks imprinted into the tip of the dipstick. Screw the oil cap into place. Reinstall the seat onto the watercraft.

Items you will need

  • Garden hose

  • Oil change pump

  • Plastic jug with cap, 2-gallon

  • Shop towels

  • Cap-type oil filter wrench

  • 4 quarts SAE 10W-30 SE engine oil

  • Torque wrench

 How to Change the Oil Filter on a YZ250F

Place a drain pan underneath the right side of the motorcycle, underneath the crankcase. Locate the oil filter cover on the right side of the crankcase, indicated by three bolts in a triangular shape holding the housing to the crankcase. Unbolt this cover using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then pull off the cover and allow any excess oil to drain into the pan.

Remove the oil filter from the housing. There are a pair of blue gaskets on the oil filter, one on each side of the filter. Make sure these come out of the housing and, if not, remove them using the flat head screwdriver.

Clean the oil filter housing on the crankcase using a shop rag until you can see the metal of the housing with no surrounding oil. Pour a little bit of new motorcycle oil onto the blue gaskets included with the replacement filter then stick them onto either side of the filter.

Install the replacement filter into the crankcase. Install the oil filter cover onto the oil filter and bolt it in place using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Add any oil you may need to the oil fill cap at the top of the frame, just behind the handlebars.

Items you will need

  • Drain pan

  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set

  • Flat head screwdriver

  • Replacement oil filter element

  • Shop rags

  • Quart of 15W50 motorcycle-specific oil

 How to Change the Oil & Filter on a Yamaha YFM225 Moto-4

Park the ATV in a well-ventilated area and lock the parking brake, located on the left handlebar. Start the ATV's engine and let the engine idle for three minutes. Stop the engine and let it cool for another 10 minutes.

Unscrew the oil filler cap from the top of the right crankcase cover.

Place an oil drain pan below the left side of the engine. Unscrew the oil drain plug from the bottom of the engine, just forward of the left foot peg, using a 17 mm socket and a socket wrench. Pull the retaining spring and the oil screen out of the engine drain hole. Let the oil drain until the flow reduces to a light trickle.

Clean the oil screen and its retaining spring with aerosol parts cleaner spray. Push the oil screen into the engine, followed by the retaining spring.

Clean the oil drain plug, using a shop towel. Remove the washer from the drain plug and slip a new washer into place. Screw the oil drain plug into the engine by hand, then tighten the plug to 31 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.

Move your oil pan to the right side of the engine. Unscrew the drain bolt from the bottom of the oil pump housing, located above the right foot peg, using a 5 mm Allen wrench. Let any oil remaining in the oil pump drain, then unscrew the housing cover bolts with a 5 mm Allen wrench. Pull the cover and the oil filter out of the oil pump housing. Clean the inside of the oil pump housing with the aerosol parts cleaner spray and a shop towel.

Smear a coat of 10W-30 engine oil around the gaskets on both sides of the new oil filter. Push the oil filter into the oil pump housing, then reinstall the oil pump housing cover with a 5 mm Allen wrench. Tighten the oil pump drain bolt and cover bolts to 5.1 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.

Unscrew the oil filler cap in the right crankcase cover. Pour in 1.6 quarts of 10W-40 engine oil, using a funnel. Remove the funnel, then screw the oil cap tightly into place by hand.

Start the ATV to circulate the fresh oil throughout the engine. Let it idle in place for three minutes, then stop the engine.

Check the engine oil level, using the dipstick attached to the oil filler cap. Unscrew the cap and wipe the dipstick clean with a shop towel. Insert the dipstick into the engine until the cap touches the engine (don't screw it in), then withdraw the dipstick. The oil level should be centered between the dipstick's upper and lower lines. Add a small amount of oil into the engine if the oil level is below the lower line. Don't overfill. Clean the dipstick with your shop towel, then screw the oil cap into place.

Items you will need

  • 17 mm socket

  • Socket wrench

  • Aerosol parts cleaner spray

  • Shop towels

  • Oil drain plug washer

  • Torque wrench

  • 5 mm Allen wrench

  • 1.6 qts., 10W-30 engine oil

  • Oil filter

  • Funnel