How to Change the Oil in Other Vehicles

by Contributing Writer

Vehicle other utility Vehicle other are hard working machines that demand the same maintenance attention as you would give your automobile. Changing the oil and following a proper maintenance schedule will help a Vehicle other last for years to come. Like and automobile, the engine oil in a Vehicle other breaks down over time from heat and friction generated inside the motor. Changing the oil on a Vehicle other a straightforward process and should be easy for an individual who already does this type of maintenance on their own Vehicle other.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Oil in a Club Car Golf Cart

Park the Club Car golf cart on a flat surface and turn the engine off.

Locate the round oil cap on the top of the engine. Unscrew the oil cap and place it in a safe area. Remove the oil dipstick from the driver's side of the engine. Wipe the dipstick off with a clean rag and place it in a safe area.

Slide under the driver's side of the engine and locate the oil filter that is attached to the engine, in front of the clutch pedal. Place a drip pan under the oil filter. Loosen and remove the three bolts that secure the base of the oil filter to the engine, using an open-end wrench. Hold the oil filter with one hand while removing the bolts with the other hand. Place the bolts on the ground.

Slowly pull the oil filter off the engine. Ensure that the O-ring is still attached to the top of the oil filter. If not, check the oil filter base on the engine for the O-ring. Place the O-ring on the ground, near the bolts. Place the oil filter into the drip pan and wait for all of the oil to drain out of the engine.

Ensure that the new oil filter has a new O-ring attached to the top of it. If not, place the old O-ring on top of the new filter. Secure the new oil filter to the engine with the three bolts, using the open-end wrench. Torque the three oil filter bolts down to between 25 and 30 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and a socket.

Move back to the top of the engine and place a funnel into the engine oil cap hole. Pour in 1 1/4 quarts of 10W-30 motor oil into the engine. Remove the funnel and screw the oil cap back on. Place the dipstick back into the dipstick tube.

Crank the engine and let it run for about 30 seconds. Turn the engine off and let it sit for about one minute, so that the oil can drain back down out of the engine. Pull the dipstick back out and check the oil level on the dipstick. The oil should be at the "Full" mark. If not, add oil in small amounts until the oil level reaches the "Full" mark.

Items you will need

  • Protective gloves

  • Clean rags

  • Drip pan

  • Open-end wrench set

  • New oil filter with O-ring

  • Torque wrench

  • Funnel

  • 2 quarts of 10W-30 motor oil

 How to Change Oil on a Golf Cart

Check the oil level in your golf cart while the engine is warm. On a level surface, park the car, set the park brake and wait a couple of minutes while the oil drains into the crankcase. Use a clean dipstick to check the oil level. Examine the level and amount of debris in the oil. It is time to change the oil when the levels are low and/or the oil is thick and murky.

Drain the oil through the oil filter. On some models the oil filter is under the clutch. Check your owner's manual to be sure about the location of your golf cart's oil filter. Drain the oil with the O-ring in the engine's groove to prevent an oil leak. Collect the oil in a container and recycle it at an auto parts store.

Examine other engine parts while changing the oil like spark plugs, belts and filters for signs of wear. For some gas models, there are tune-up kits available that include a gas filter, air filter and oil filter for your model. Bennett Golf Cars offers tune-up kits as well as advice on the care of your cart.

Replace your oil filter and oil. Use a 10W-30 or 10W-40 oil. Use the 10W-40 in golf carts you use at capacity most of the time. Change the oil after every 200 to 250 hours of operation. Change your oil at the beginning of Spring to remove accumulated Winter moisture.

Items you will need

  • Dipstick

  • Owner's manual

  • Oil collection container

  • Oil filter

  • Oil

 How to Change Oil in a Honda ATV

Allow the engine to cool off before you start to change the oil. Slide an oil drain pan under the drain plug on the bottom of the engine.

Remove the oil drain plug using the ratchet set. Allow all of the engine oil to drain from the oil pan. Replace the drain plug in the oil pan.

Remove the small screw on the side of the oil pan using the Allen wrench. Remove the oil pan cap from the top of the oil pan.

Pour Honda ATV 4-stroke engine oil into the oil pan until you see the engine oil coming out of the small hole on the side of the oil pan.

Replace the small screw in the side of the oil pan. Run the engine to circulate the new engine oil.

Items you will need

  • Oil drain pan

  • Ratchet set

  • Honda ATV Allen wrench

  • Honda ATV engine oil

 How to Change Oil in a Honda Foreman

Park the Honda Foreman on flat ground and leave the engine running for 5 minutes to allow the engine to warm up. Place the oil drain pan under the crank case drain plug. Turn the engine off.

Remove the drain plug from the under side of the crank case using the ratchet set. Allow the engine oil to drain into the oil pan. Replace the plug to the bottom of the crank case and tighten the plug using the ratchet set.

Remove the small screw from the side of the crank case using the Allen wrench. Remove the cap labeled "OIL" from the top of the crank case. Insert the funnel into the hole where the oil cap was.

Pour Honda 4-stroke engine oil into the funnel until the oil starts to come out of the hole where the small screw was on the side of the crank case. Once the oil starts to come out of the hole, stop pouring and replace the screw. Remove the funnel and replace the oil cap to the top of the crank case.

Items you will need

  • Oil drain pan

  • Standard ratchet set

  • Allen wrench

  • Honda 4-stroke engine oil

 How to Change Oil in a Honda 350 ATV

Drive the Honda 350 ATV onto level ground and leave the engine running for 5 minutes to warm up the engine oil inside the crank case.

Position the drain pan under the metal bolt under the engine in the center. Remove that bolt using the ratchet set. Let the oil drain into the pan and then replace the bolt to the bottom of the engine.

Remove the cap from the upper right side of the crank case by twisting it off. Insert the funnel into the crank case and pour 2 1/2 quarts Honda 4 stroke engine oil into the crank case.

Remove the funnel from the crank case and replace the cap to the crank case. Start the engine to circulate the new engine oil.

Items you will need

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet set

  • Funnel

  • 3 quarts 4 stroke Honda motor oil

 How to Change the Oil on a Kymco Agility 50

Park the motorcycle on its main stand on level ground. Remove the oil dipstick and set it aside in a safe place.

Remove the oil check bolt and sealing washer, which are located on the underside of the motorcycle's chassis, near the rear wheel.

Place an oil drain pan beneath the drain bolt, which is located beneath the oil check bolt. Remove the drain bolt. Drain out all of the oil. Once all of the oil has drained from the motorcycle, replace the oil drain bolt and seal washer. Tighten the oil drain bolt with a torque wrench to a torque of six to nine foot-pounds.

Pour the engine grade SAE 15w/40 oil into the oil port where the oil dipstick sits to fill up the engine with oil. The engine can hold up to 0.10-liters of oil so do not overfill past this amount. Reinsert the oil dipstick and tighten the cap.

Turn on the motorcycle and check the oil bolt for leaks. If it does leak, tighten the oil bolt to create a stronger seal. Turn the engine off and wait 30 seconds. Check the oil level by removing the oil dipstick. Wipe off the oil with a piece of paper towel. Reinsert the dipstick and remove it. Hold the end of the dipstick over some paper towel to read it. The dipstick will have lines that are labeled, so you will know how much oil is in the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Torque wrench

  • Oil drain pan

  • Engine oil grade SAE 15w/40

  • Paper towel

 How Do I Change the Oil in My Murray 3.5HP Mower?

Locate something to sit the front and rear wheel on to raise the mower a few inches. This isn’t absolutely necessary, it just makes it easier to change the oil without having to hold the front of the mower up by hand while the oil drains.

Pull the spark plug wire off the spark plug and bend the wire enough to keep it away from the plug. This eliminates the possibility of the mower attempting to start when the blade is turned. Remove the oil dipstick.

Tip the oil filter-side of the mower up to access the drain plug under the motor. Put down some newspaper and place the drain pan so it will be under the engine drain plug when you lower the mower. Remove the plug with a square hole by inserting the ratchet extension into the hole and turning the drain plug counterclockwise to remove it. Lower the mower so the oil will drain into the pan.

Tip the mower up and install the drain plug, turning it clockwise with the ratchet and extension. Fill the engine with 5W30 non-detergent synthetic oil to the proper level mark on the dipstick. The engine holds 20 ounces of oil when it is completely dry. All the oil will not come out leaving as much as 4 ounces in the engine. Pour 1 quart of oil, which is 16 ounces, in the oil filler tube. Make sure the mower is sitting level for the proper reading on the oil dipstick.

Install the dipstick and pull it out to check the level. Only top it off with a small amount of additional oil and keep checking the dipstick as oil is added to top it off. Screw on the dipstick. Plug the spark plug wire onto the spark plug.

Items you will need

  • Ratchet

  • Short extension

  • Drain pan

  • Rags

  • Newspaper to protect the floor

  • 2 quarts of 5W30 non-detergent synthetic oil

 How to Change Oil in an ATV

Gather the necessary items before you begin changing the oil and filter.

Move the ATV to a level area, and leave space around the ATV so you have room to work.

Start the ATV and let it run for 3 to 5 minutes. The oil should be warm when you change the ATV’s oil and filter.

Remove any panels that are in the way so you can access the filter and oil fill cap. The dipstick is part of the oil fill cap.

Locate the drain plug on the underside of the ATV and place the drain pan directly under the drain plug to catch the used oil. Open the drain plug and allow the used oil to drain into the drain pan.

Remove the oil filter with the filter wrench while the oil is draining. Clean the mounting surface where the new filter will be attached. Lubricate the gasket of the new filter with oil. Screw the new filter onto the mounting surface by hand. Tighten the filter two complete turns with the filter wrench. The new filter is now installed.

Reinstall the drain plug after the oil has finished draining. Remove the drain pan containing the used oil. Dispose of the old oil properly—take it to a recycling center.

Place the funnel into the oil fill hole. Pour the manufacturer’s recommended amount of oil into the funnel. Start the ATV and allow it to idle for a few minutes. While the ATV is idling, check for leaks. Turn off the ATV and wait for 3 to 5 minutes.

Insert the dipstick completely into the oil fill hole, then remove it. Check the level on the dipstick. The level should read full, or reach the “F” mark. If the level does not read full, add oil until it is full. Replace the oil fill cap when finished.

Reattach any panels you may have removed before you began changing the oil and filter, and clean any oil spills or splatters with towels or rags.

Items you will need

  • Oil and filter—amount and type specified by the ATV manufacturer

  • Gloves

  • Drain pan and funnel

  • Filter wrench and other tools to remove panels

  • Towels or rags

 How to Change the Oil in a Grizzly 450

Run the engine for five minutes to warm the engine oil. Warm engine oil will drain more quickly.

Place the drain pan under the plug on the bottom of the engine. Remove the plug using the socket and ratchet. Drain the oil into the pan and then replace the plug onto the bottom of the engine.

Remove the oil filter from the top of the crankcase by twisting it. Replace the old filter with the new one. Remove the cap from the side of the engine and insert the funnel into the hole.

Pour the replacement oil into the funnel and then remove the funnel from the hole. Replace the cap onto the engine.

Items you will need

  • Drain pan

  • 5/8-inch socket

  • Ratchet

  • Funnel

  • Replacement oil

  • Replacement oil filter

  • 2 1/2 qts. 5W40 four-stroke oil

 How to Change the Oil in an Arctic Cat ATV

Locate the hole in the skid plate, just beneath the engine. Position a drain pan under the hole. Using a ratchet and socket, remove the drain plug and allow the oil to drain from the engine.

Install a new gasket on the drain plug, and thread the plug in by hand. Torque the drain plug to 12 foot-pounds, using a foot-pound torque wrench and socket.

Using a filter wrench, remove the old oil filter. Wipe the filter plate with a clean rag to remove any residual oil or road grime, and ensure that the old gasket came off with the filter.

Smear a light coat of fresh oil on the new filter gasket. Spin the filter on until the gasket contacts the plate, then tighten it an additional one-quarter turn. Wipe off any residual oil.

Remove the engine oil dipstick cap. Add three quarts of engine oil. Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes, then turn the engine off and check the oil level, using the dipstick. Add oil as necessary to bring it to the "Full" mark and check the plug and filter for leaks.

Items you will need

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet

  • Socket set

  • New drain plug gasket

  • Foot-pound torque wrench

  • Filter wrench

  • No. 601 oil filter

  • Clean rags

  • 3 quarts Valvoline ATV oil

 How to Change the Oil in a John Deere Gator

Start the Gator and allow the engine oil to warm up. Run the engine for five minutes if it is cold.

Park the vehicle on a level surface and lock the parking brake. The parking brake in the Gator is hand operated and is typically located next to the driver's seat.

Turn the Gator engine off.

Raise the cargo box on the Gator and lock the support rod into place.

Place an oil pan beneath the oil drain plug.

Remove the oil drain plug.

Check to make sure the oil is flowing into the pan. Allow the oil to completely drain.

Reinstall the oil drain plug.

Proceed to step 10 if the Gator is not equipped with an oil filter, otherwise, place the drain pan beneath the oil filter.

Remove the filter with an oil filter wrench and allow to drain into the pan. Attach wrench around filter and turn to the left until filter comes unscrewed.

Install the new oil filter. Dab some clean oil on your finger and wet the gasket on the new filter. Hand tighten the new filter until it contacts the base, then tighten 1/2 turn further with the filter wrench.

Remove the oil dipstick and fill the Gator engine with the correct quantity of oil. Consult the owner's manual for the appropriate oil capacity.

Reinstall the dipstick.

Start the Gator and make sure there is no oil leaking from the filter or the drain plug.

Shut the engine off and check the oil level. Pull the dipstick back out and examine it to see if the oil is at the fill line. Add oil if necessary.

Items you will need

  • Oil drain pan

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Oil filter (if equipped)

  • Correct oil