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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-29-2008, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Trouble seeing oil level

Ok, maybe its my eyes but i just cannot see the oil level, the bubble to know when I need to add.

I couldnt see the level at all, so turned it off, it looked like it was below the window all together, so I added 1 quart, then 2 and still nothing. So i figured , what the hell, i wasnt going to start it up like that, so i drained it. Out came a strong 6 quarts, the 4 it takes and the 2 i added, so i put in new filter 4 new quarts and so I know its ok and not burning or losing oil but have no idea how to check it from here on out.

Is anyone else out there a village idiot like me and found a solution to this and when will they actually put a dip stick on a bike??
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make sure it is not overfilled! with it off both kickstands have someone help you and lean the bike way over to the footbrake side and see if you can see the difference in the oil line. if you can then it is to full.

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it takes 4 quarts with the filter right?
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mine is an 86 and takes 4.0L with the filter replaced and 3.6L with the filter left in! I would put in 3 and watch the sight glass as you are doing number 4 that way you can see what the glass looks like both ways. when I first got mine I couldnt tell either till I leaned it over to the brake side and seen the difference with the oil completely in the window and then without.

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Contrary to what the engine or manual say, most folks find they only need 3.6-3.8 QUARTS of oil with filter change. The 4.0 liters would actualy be over 4 quarts. Most folks find if they fill it up to the very top of the sight glass they have used just a bit less than 4 QUARTS.

When you drained the oil you should have taken a good look at the sight glass to see the color with no oil in there, so when you added oil you could tell the difference. Newer bikes of course have cleaner windows and are easier to see..but if you can see through the glass you should be able to tell where the oil level is.
Having some help tipping the bike over for you to see the "air bubble" is a good idea. If it were me, I'd drain out some of the oil into a clean container until I saw a half oil half air picture in the sight glass, then slowly put some of the oil back in until just the slightest hair of air is at the top.


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My 2005 takes exactly 4 quarts. I taped a small mirror on a stick so I can sit on the bike and see the oil level.
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My 2005 takes exactly 4 quarts.
4-Qts. may overfill mine by a tiny bit with the longer size filter, but I go ahead and put the Gallon in anyway... The glass is full though, but just barely... I wonder why the MoCo never changed the oil Cap. in the manual or on the engine, as they had over 20 Yrs. to do so......
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