Engine ticking after oil change


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DandruffCat
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Engine ticking after oil change

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Did the first oil change on the bike. I didn’t change the filter since it’s still on its way in the mail, I just decided to change the oil for now since I don’t know the last time it was done. Oil level before was good, replaced it with shell rotella T4 15w-40 from what people say on the forum. Filled it to the full line. Now though, there is an obvious ticking noise coming from both sides of the engine.

Should I try using 10w-40?


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Re: Engine ticking after oil change

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Since there's no hydraulics in the valve train (lifters are manual adjust only) I'd suggest the ticking was there before you changed the oil, but you are noticing it as you are listening closely after the oil change.

Ticking valves will be lifter clearance, the weight of oil won't change that.

Later model bikes have hydraulic lifters but the 1100 does not. Wouldn't hurt to do a valve lash adjustment, there's "How-to's" here on this site.
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