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Old 07-26-2004, 7:26 PM   #1
 
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Recommended oil level...

Just a quick question here,

what is the recommended amount of oil by Honda in the manual. I do not have a manual (Yes, Mike knows that he needs one bad) and the guy at the local shop just said for quarts. From my motocross experience I know sometimes its not an equal amount like "just 4 quarts." I do not want too much oil so any help would be great. Thanks
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Re: Recommended oil level...

3.7 at draining
3.9 at oil filter change
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Re: Recommended oil level...

Originally Posted by 929_Nupe
3.7 at draining
3.9 at oil filter change
Yep........four quarts.........
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Re: Recommended oil level...

Don't use the full 4 quarts... Keep an eye on the oil-level window on the side, and keep it between the lines. Once it gets there, run it for a while until it gets to full temperature, then check the level again when it cools down.
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Re: Recommended oil level...

I used 3.75 quarts in my 954 (with filter change) and it's too much,the oil covers the whole sight glass.How did honda figure 3.9?Guess i'm gonna have to drain some tomorrow.Ugh.
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Re: Recommended oil level...

Originally Posted by Baba san Erion
I used 3.75 quarts in my 954 (with filter change) and it's too much,the oil covers the whole sight glass.How did honda figure 3.9?Guess i'm gonna have to drain some tomorrow.Ugh.

I have the same problem. I thought I was nuts. Glad to see someone else who has seen this. I have an 03 954 as well. With oil filter change mine only takes like 3.5 quarts. I wonder if there is something taking up some volume in the motor that wasn't there when they wrote the manual.
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Re: Recommended oil level...

I have made the same mistake before. In the manual it lists the oil CAPACITY at 3.9 litres. That isn't how much you add when you do a change though. Some oil will remain in the transmission so you'll add more like 3.1 litres. Also make sure the engine is warm before you drain that way more of the old oil will run out. It's a big pain in the ass to have to drain fresh oil after you've filled it, expecially if you're anxious to ride and you put all the bodywork back on. (not that I would ever do that ) Best thing to do is add oil slow and keep an eye on the level. LIke Conq said, fill it to between the lines then run it awhile and check the level again. Even better, put it on a stand and run it in gear. This fills the filter and transmission.
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Re: Recommended oil level...

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I have made the same mistake before. In the manual it lists the oil CAPACITY at 3.9 litres. That isn't how much you add when you do a change though. Some oil will remain in the transmission so you'll add more like 3.1 litres. Also make sure the engine is warm before you drain that way more of the old oil will run out. It's a big pain in the ass to have to drain fresh oil after you've filled it, expecially if you're anxious to ride and you put all the bodywork back on. (not that I would ever do that ) Best thing to do is add oil slow and keep an eye on the level. LIke Conq said, fill it to between the lines then run it awhile and check the level again. Even better, put it on a stand and run it in gear. This fills the filter and transmission.
my cbr900rr doesnt have a oil level window.when i lean it on kickstand, i cant hardly see oil in the bottom. when straight up i barely can see it . should it touch the gears?
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Re: Recommended oil level...

standn straight up should oil at least touch the gears? my bike doesnt have oil level window.
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Re: Recommended oil level...

Originally Posted by akinca4 View Post
standn straight up should oil at least touch the gears? my bike doesnt have oil level window.


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Re: Recommended oil level...

Just a quick query on oil. I am just about to chage the oil again after less than a thousand miles in 7 months.
Read an article that says with frequent starts, the oil gets contaminated with water? I really am changing because it seems to have got so dirty as I view the oil through the sight glass. Is this normal?
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Re: Recommended oil level...

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Just a quick query on oil. I am just about to chage the oil again after less than a thousand miles in 7 months.
Read an article that says with frequent starts, the oil gets contaminated with water? I really am changing because it seems to have got so dirty as I view the oil through the sight glass. Is this normal?

Water is a byproduct of burning petrol but most of it is burned off by the heat of combustion.
I wouldn't say that was normal but it depends on lots of factors, one of which is how dirty was the previous oil?
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Re: Recommended oil level...

Frequent starts without going for a decent ride will build up condensation in the oil. Fresh oil is never a bad thing

Further to post back in the 2004, those figures are in US. For litres, it's 3.5 without a new filter, 3.7 with a new filter.
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