When your car, motorcycle or truck needs an inspection or repairs, many of us have an auto shop or mechanic we trust. Yet for basic maintenance, you might find that doing certain tasks yourself can be more affordable and convenient.
Even if you’re new to motorcycle maintenance, the owner’s manual can help familiarize you with basic upkeep, including the following tasks.
Changing the Oil
If you already change the oil in your car or truck, you can do the same for your motorcycle. To start, reference the owner’s manual for the type of oil recommended for your bike and the ideal number of miles between oil changes.
As you’re preparing to change the oil, start the motorcycle for a few minutes to get the fluid flowing and decrease its viscosity.
You should also prepare to change the oil filter, during which the fluid will drain from your bike. At this point, you can add the new filter, replace the drain and oil plugs, and replenish with the proper type.
Changing the Coolant
Coolant helps prevent your engine from overheating when it’s hot in the summer, freezing in the winter, and guards against corrosion.
Drain the old fluid first, which will require you to remove the drain bolt. You can then add new coolant to the system. To ensure you have added the proper amount, restart the bike right afterwards, turn it off quickly and check the coolant level again.
Replacing the Air Filter
This part filters out debris and other particles that could clog the engine and impact its performance. One of the more challenging maintenance tasks to do on your own, the air filter is not always accessible depending on the model. You may need to remove the gas tank to access the air box and the filter.