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Screen from the oil drain hole?

Hi all, I've read in the verses about the screen from the oil drain hole. I took this 2000 home Thurs. and decided to do some maintenence. I changed the oil and filter but in the side drain hole (where I thought the tube screen would be) is only a spring?

Plugs were terribly fouled, put some Champion replacement ones in till my Iridium ones get here.

I couldn't find an appropiate syn oil at Walmart so I used standard 10/40 figurin since the oil was sooo dirty, I'd change it again at 1,000 miles with some good syn.

BTY, I bought some Prestone pre-mixed anti-freeze that say's good to mix with any color and protects alum. engines, what do ya think of that stuff?

Where's that tube like oil filter screen? Could it have been removed and not replaced? Hmmm...

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I thought the same thing when I changed my oil the first time. The screen fits in there pretty snug. Once you remove the spring, there's a washer, pretty flat one I believe, that is behind it. Then stick your pinky finger in there and you can pull the screen out. It's a metal, tubular screen. I'll bet you just missed it like I did first time. (hopefully)

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Ahh, thanks for the info, I'll get it next go around.

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On second thought, what does the spring do? It seems as if it wasn't long enough to push out against anything (plug cover).

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It's a precleaner of sorts, it traps the larger dirt/metal particles to keep them from recirculating through and damaging the engine and tranny. Also get some Sea-Foam in that gas, Anyone know if you can put it in a wetclutch system? is ok four use in all 4 stroke engines including M/C's but doesn't say anything about wet clutches.
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Woody, I think he's asking what the spring is for, not the screen. I'm not sure about the spring, except to keep things pushed in all the way, but no pressure seems to be on it.

I guess you're talking about putting seafoam in the oil? I don't see how it would hurt anything just for a little bit to clean out the system and then change the oil.

Ditto on putting seafoam in the gas, as a monthly procedure.

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Yes, that's what I'm wondering. The spring doesn't seem to have any function. It's not long enough to push against the plug/cap. When I put a finger in there, it just came out. Seems odd. Unless under power the pre-filter moves and the spring has something to do with that. Damned if I know.

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I hope you bought motorcycle oil and not just plain ole car oil.
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Plain old car oil. Haven't put any miles on it yet though. Think I should change it? What's the difference?

Feeling like an idiot here...

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My bad I didn't pay attemtion to the spring question(now I feel like an idiot) Plain car oil will be ok if it is not energy concerving for the short interval you are talking about.should be 10-40. Use the seafoam in your gas per instructions on the can.As for using it in the oil maybe just a oz or 2.
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