Oil. The reading of the mark on the dipstick


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Oil. The reading of the mark on the dipstick

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Oh no. An oil-related topic, again. Thankfully, a short piece. Yep. Maybe.

Some of my GWRRA friends have different opinions on how to simply check oil on the 1800. This assumes Owners are capable of (but don't) either read their Owner's manual or have much faith in it.

First opinion, and likely correct: Place the bike on the center stand, then run the engine at idle until it reaches full operating temperature, then turn the bike OFF and wait 5-10 minutes for a short cool down, and then properly "read" the oil level dipstick where the safe "full" mark is identified as the first mark on the dipstick. (Meaning, half-way on that dipstick -- NOT all the way up on the dipstick).

Second opinion, possibly not correct in my mind: Wing on the center stand, stone cold, no start, and a proper "read" of the oil level dipstick where the safe and proper "full" mark is at the first mark (middle) of the dipstick. (In both scenarios, dipstick NOT screwed in all of the way).

I know, basic stuff. But I've heard several Owners mention their disregard of conventional wisdom on this topic, and their disdain for Owner's manual info that provides a guide for checking engine oil. When considering the importance of accurate oil level, and especially when trying to avoid an overfill, any helpful comments on this topic from others is appreciated. Thanks.


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Re: Oil. The reading of the mark on the dipstick

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My opinion, but both are "correct enough".

I personally like to have it closer to the full end of the dipstick though, and do tend to check it cold.
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Re: Oil. The reading of the mark on the dipstick

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Not knowing where oil can get to in the rest of the engine, I follow the procedure in the service manual.

At the point where I've removed the dipstick, cleaned it, and am about to put it back in to get the measurement, I invariably think "Now, on this engine, is the measurement taken screwed in, or out?"
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Drain oil. Remove filter. Install new filter. Reinstall drain plug. Add four quarts of oil. Start engine. Check for leaks. Ride it like you stole it until next year.
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Re: Oil. The reading of the mark on the dipstick

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LK1LK1 wrote: Mon Jul 05, 2021 12:36 am Oh no. An oil-related topic, again. Thankfully, a short piece. Yep. Maybe.

Some of my GWRRA friends have different opinions on how to simply check oil on the 1800. This assumes Owners are capable of (but don't) either read their Owner's manual or have much faith in it.

First opinion, and likely correct: Place the bike on the center stand, then run the engine at idle until it reaches full operating temperature, then turn the bike OFF and wait 5-10 minutes for a short cool down, and then properly "read" the oil level dipstick where the safe "full" mark is identified as the first mark on the dipstick. (Meaning, half-way on that dipstick -- NOT all the way up on the dipstick).

Second opinion, possibly not correct in my mind: Wing on the center stand, stone cold, no start, and a proper "read" of the oil level dipstick where the safe and proper "full" mark is at the first mark (middle) of the dipstick. (In both scenarios, dipstick NOT screwed in all of the way).

I know, basic stuff. But I've heard several Owners mention their disregard of conventional wisdom on this topic, and their disdain for Owner's manual info that provides a guide for checking engine oil. When considering the importance of accurate oil level, and especially when trying to avoid an overfill, any helpful comments on this topic from others is appreciated. Thanks.


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Re: Oil. The reading of the mark on the dipstick

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Andy Cote wrote: Mon Jul 05, 2021 6:36 am Drain oil. Remove filter. Install new filter. Reinstall drain plug. Add four quarts of oil. Start engine. Check for leaks. Ride it like you stole it until next year.
This --- After MANY oil changes and MANY miles on MANY Goldwings --

This ... 8-) :ugeek:


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