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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-18-2014, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Found some metal

I just did my first oil change correctly; meaning I pulled the drain with the metal screen rather than the one at the bottom of the pan. I did find some metal. Not sure if this is the first time it's been pulled but it's got at last 2,000 miles, likely more.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-18-2014, 11:02 PM
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And for all you know the bike has never had it's oil screen pulled. Several members here have posted similar threads after their first screen pull and to the best of my knowledge unless they found chunks of rubber in there they never had major engine problems.

You're probably looking at bits of metal from the break in period when the engine was new. Just watch out for rubber chunks or pieces of metal now that you know the break in metal is gone.

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I wouldn't worry about it too much. Wait until your next oil change to see how it looks. As stated, this might be the first time the screen has been pulled, and since there is so little mileage on the bike, those shaving still being there isn't unheard of.

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Had the same on mine and don't think it's a problem.

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Are those shavings magnetic? I would have to try to identify the origin.
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Sweep a magnet over it, if you have iron in there I'd be a little concerned.


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I had the same shaving in mine the first time I did an oil change on my 750. I'm pretty sure none of the previous owners ever did an oil change from that drain plug.

If I remember correctly, the manual says to use the other drain plug for oil changes, and makes no mention of the side plug.

The same is true for the VN900, manual says to use the bottom center plug and makes no mention of the plug on the side for oil changes.

Hell, the mechanic at the dealer gave me a funny look when I first bought and picked up the bike and mentioned doing all my oil changes from that plug. I tried not to laugh when he said the oil will drain better if I use the bottom center plug and keep the bike level and upright.

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....actually....the oil WILL drain better using the plug that Ndr suggested....its the lowest point in the oil pan....

BTW Ndr....we need a good nick for ya....you been an awesome contributor lately....

The side plug is what is sometimes called a "skim" plug....means it will "skim" the crap out....but one can drain from either.....the thing IS, draining from the side one will show "issues"....draining from the bottom wont...I dont even run a mesh screen in my side outlet.....I just felt it restricts the flow....not worth the yield, IMO....

I have a friend/contact that works for Kawasaki....not a dealership....if I remember to, will email him and ask what the old time mechs recommend....

The lower one always made more sense to me, but the side one does in fact show internal issues better (shows chunks)....

But I think Im gonna flush my cases and drain from bottom next....just this time....



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Why not take an extra minute and remove both plugs? Then the screen can be inspected and we're assured of getting all the old oil out through the bottom plug. I too drained from the bottom plug the first time I changed oil. Will change the oil again very soon and I'll pull the screen too.
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I'm pretty sure the owners manual shows using the side drain plug and the bike on the side stand.(but I'm at work and can't check this)
All my years here ....No one I've known reccomends using the one on the bottom.

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