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Author Topic: Happy oil change day!!  (Read 1104 times)

Rich Mintz

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Happy oil change day!!
« on: June 15, 2013, 01:35:06 PM »
THIS IS THE DAY I change my own oil for the first time, with supplies from NFG and the moral support from you all. (Right?)

Just watched singh5g's excellent video: http://youtu.be/Uo0IW8JVS_I. And good thing too - it reminded me I need to pick up a 19mm wrench and a funnel. Will let you know how it goes...



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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2013, 02:27:38 PM »
best advise - go easy when you tighten up the sump plug/screws etc :)
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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2013, 07:25:38 PM »
+1. Be gentle with the bolts!
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Rich Mintz

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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2013, 09:29:10 PM »
Oil change complete. It was easy! I followed along to singh5g's video, rather than the service manual (although I did look at the service manual).

I checked the oil level in the glass window before i started, and no oil was visible. When I filled it up at the end, it took about 1.7L (just as predicted).

I didn't change any of the O-rings or washers -- they looked intact and un-squished. I was a little surprised that there was no gasket under the oil filter cover. The gaskets supplied by NFG weren't for my bike, so I just put it back together the way I found it.

The used oil came out totally black. (About 2500 mi since the last change, mostly city driving.)

One thing: along with some metal filings, a small solid metal cylinder (about 2mm long, like the size of a chocolate sprinkle, but machined evenly) was attached to the magnetic plug. Any idea where this came from?

Easy job. I'm about to take the bike out for a spin.

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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2013, 01:31:38 AM »
The metal cylinder might be a pin that is intended to hold a shift fork or shifting cam in position so the bike will shift into first gear?
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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2013, 06:24:26 AM »
When you go to a authorized RE mechanic, take that with you and show it to him.

He might know where it is supposed to go so it will speed up the process of trouble shooting your shifting problem.
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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2013, 12:43:39 PM »
+1
That is definitely a retaining pin! Either it wasn't pressed in fully at the factory, or it's boss is too loose. It doesn't look worn, so I suspect it just wasn't fully pressed in place during assembly. Do a Show & Tell with an RE mechanic before you decide to ride.
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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2013, 01:30:30 PM »
Lucky it came out with the oil so you could find it!!!

Rich Mintz

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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2013, 02:01:35 PM »
1. Can someone please explain in plain English what you think the likely proper function of this retaining pin is? Is it as Arizoni said yesterday?

2. How risky is it for me to continue riding for the moment?  To get an authorized mechanic to pay attention to me involves a day off work and a ~40-mile ride, and that's if I'm lucky and they have time to talk to me. I was planning to do another 250-mile ride to DC on Wednesday. It's not too late for me to take the train instead.


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Re: Not So Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2013, 05:03:16 PM »
Sorry to say, it looks like a roller bearing to me, & that should not be adrift in your engine!  I'd get it to the dealer ASAP.
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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2013, 08:22:23 PM »
I'd go with the shifter pin since that's the part that doesn't work! It wont hurt it or ride without first gear.
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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2013, 12:28:02 AM »
I like Bare's answer better. :)

Seriously -- the bike's now gone 500 miles in its current condition (with no 1st gear and mostly no neutral). It feels like, as far as it goes, it's OK to ride. But I won't make my final decision about Wednesday's long ride for a day or two.

And as soon as I can schedule time with a dealer, I will. Emailing Kevin privately about that.

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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2013, 08:51:01 AM »
lets look on the positive side-it's still a great bike to ride -with or without 1st gear ;)
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Re: Happy oil change day!!
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2013, 03:35:58 PM »
Got to go with Craig on this one, looks like a roller from a "Torrington" style bearing. :( :( :(. Used to find a lot of these in auto trans pans when changing filters etc.