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Oil light won't go off after oil change.

I changed the oil, replaced the filter with oil in it. Started the bike and the oil light won't go off. This happened with my Ninja 500 and a Puralator filter fixed the problem, ( I filled the filter with oil that time). This time I used a Puralator filter on my VN 750 which had a Kawasaki filter before replacement.

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Did you prefill the Vulcan filter? Good idea to do so. You may need to "burp" the filter. With the bike running and the oil level at max, unscrew the filter until oil starts to flow out. Best to put some aluminum foil between filter and starter so you don't fill it full of oil.

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I prefilled the filter. I removed the filter and put it on again. Started the bike and the oil light went off. When I last changed the oil I used a Kawasaki filter and had no problem. But, I had a problem with the Kawasaki filter on my Ninja 500. I have always prefilled the filter in my cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Only motorcycles have exhibited this problem.

Rereading your post I think I inadvertently did what you suggested and the problem was resolved. Thanks!

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You may need to "burp" the filter.
Happened to my 06. Even prefilling sometimes does not prevent the air bubble in the filter, but 'burping' always does (unless it is a bad filter).


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It is a lot easier and cleaner to fill the filter on a small block Chevy and install it vertically, than it is with the Vulcan where it screws on horizontally and pours half the oil out on the floor before the gasket contacts the mounting plate. Makes me wonder if I need to hang the bike by the front wheel when screwing on the filter? Nah, it is only going to drain back into the crankcase before I can get the rest of the 4 liters into it. I`m going to get to burp the baby too, eventually. 8(

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The filter on my Sportster is also horizonal and the owners manual states to pour 4 oz. into the filter before install, and so far none has poured out when I put the filter on...
It is a bit larger diameter filter than the Vulcan filter and uses 20w-50 instead of 10w-40, so a lesser amount like say 3 oz might work if the 4 oz pours out on install...
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I've only changed the oil three or four times, but just prefill the filter to about 3/8" from the top. Minimizes spillage and haven't had a problem with bubble lock/need to burp. Knock on wood!

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Makes me wonder if I need to hang the bike by the front wheel when screwing on the filter?
Surely you meant the rear wheel

I generally do not prefill my filters (for any equipment I have) and have had no troubles so far.
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