If you have had long-term, specific experience on the AVL 500cc engine, I would appreciate your advice. I've read Forum entries for one hour.I've changed oil only 3 times and continue to have a problem with LOTS of oil BLOWING out of oil catch can.Last time, I : 1) ran engine for one minute(to fill engine sump?, to warm oil to enhance draining? or, to attain the "true" volume of the oil?)2) drained oil(did NOT change filter/oil in oil pump!--my choice!)3) filled new oil4) checked dipstick level, WITHOUT screwing dipstick down5) it read "Full"6) ran engine again for 1 minute7) checked dipstick level--(WITHOUT) it read " one half" on the H/L dipstick marking9) filled it to "Full"10) took 60 mile ride(97 degrees Fahrenheit) and LOTS of oil blew out of catch can.QUESTIONS:1) In reality, WHY does the engine need to be run for 5 minutes("the manual says")2) what is your foolproof, experienced system for changing/refilling oil(personally, my aging knees and back tell me to SHORTEN the total time required!)3) Without my disassembling the engine, what are the SIGNIFICANT unique construction details Of the AVL engine that seem to require such Bugaboo written on the Forum re oil changing?4) I don't need "quantities of oil" just dipstick readings.Bob
I get a kick out of how many of you guys RELY on your amp gauge to tell you when it's at TDC. After you do it a few times, you should just be able to get a feel for it and just know where it's at in the stroke from how much compression is built up. I don't have an amp gauge and I never have trouble getting it at TDC. Slowly turn the kicker until it gets tight, and give it a little more.Scottie
Yep! I don't see how you can't tell.
I'll try and make this fool proof:Using very light, slow pressure, press the kick start lever with your foot. When the piston is traveling "up to" or "down past" TDC there will be little resistance on the kick start lever and will move freely. Continue to lightly and slowly move the kick start lever until it requires force to move it any further, you are now JUST BEFORE TDC. Give a quick 1/4 kick, NOT A FULL KICK OF THE LEVER, call it a "nudge" and it should put the piston right where you need it.Scottie
I do know that my kick starter slips sometimes, and when it does, I always slam my knee into the side of the bike