How To Change the Oil for your Harley Davidson Touring
One of the best things that you can do to improve the overall performance and longevity of your Harley Davidson Touring is to change the oil in it regularly and according to schedule. The oil in a Touring should be changed out about every 3000 miles or so. You’ll find that this will help to keep the engine lubricated, which in turn prevents it from overheating. When the engine overheats, terrible and irreversible damage can be done before too long. Additionally, changing the oil in your motorcycle is easy and requires no more than about an hour of your time at once. It’s faster and cheaper to change the oil at home as compared with taking the vehicle in to a service station, and you’ll get to know the inner workings of your Touring as you work as well.
Step 1 — Gather Your Materials
You’ll need the following tools and materials in order to properly change the oil in your Touring:
- New oil packages (several quarts)
- New oil filter
- Jack stand
- Oil collection pan
- New gasket system (optional)
- Wrench set
- Towels or paper towels
- Cardboard piece
Step 2 — Prepare the Touring
Mount the bike up on the jack stand in order to have better access to the oil container portion. This will help you to drain the oil more easily and will provide you with better access to the vehicle in general as you work. Lay out a set of newspapers underneath the area in which you’ll be working, as this will help to collect any oil that drips out. Finally, wait until the motorcycle has been turned off for a few hours before you begin to work; you want the engine to be somewhat warm, but not too hot.
Step 3 — Drain the Oil
Place your collection pan underneath the oil container. Unscrew the filler cap at the top of the container to force the oil down to the base. Then remove the oil drain plug carefully and slowly. As you do, oil will begin to pour out. Catch it in the pan, and continue to hold the pan in place until all of the oil has drained out over several minutes’ time. Then clean up the entire oil container and drain plug with a set of paper towels. You may find that using a piece of cardboard is helpful in guiding the oil to the pan.
Step 4 — Change the Filter
Remove the oil filter and examine it closely for signs of corrosion and damage. You’ll need to use a socket wrench to remove it from the container. If the filter does appear to be damaged, replace it with a new one and throw out the old one. Otherwise, reattach the old filter so you can continue using it. You can do the same with the gasket set as well, although it’s usually not necessary to change this out as often as the oil.
Step 5 — Replace the Oil
Close up the drain plug and then place the funnel into the top of the container. This will help you to pour in the new oil. Pour as many quarts of new oil into the bike as are recommended by the owner’s manual. Once the oil has drained completely into the oil container, close up the container and remove the bike from the jack stand.
Check on the oil levels manually with a dipstick before you turn on the engine again. You’ll want to be sure that the oil is exactly the right level before you continue. If you have to make slight adjustments, do so by adding a little more oil or draining out some of the existing oil to continue.
All of the materials that you’ll need for changing the oil in your Harley Davidson Touring should be available at your local hardware store or motorcycle repair shop.