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post #1 of 42 Old 06-01-2012, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Level Check 2012

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WHich is the most accurate way of checking the oil level: When cold and put on the centre stand for several minutes, the level in the glass is about a third way up from the minimum mark. When I use the suggested Suzuki owners book method, I put the bike on the centre stand, run the engine through the gears for 3 minutes, switch off and leave for 3 minutes, the level is only a fraction above the minimum mark. If I ride the bike for an hour, put it on the centre stand and leave for several minutes, the level is just below the maximum mark. It has been suggested to me that the last method will make it look higher than it really is? I am used to checking levels on other bikes, but never had to top up.The bike has had its 600 mile service, and I didn't notice this issue before this. I don't want to overfill, but of course don't want it too low. If you think it needs a drop, how much do you think? Sorry for the log meander, but I want to get it right.
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Anywhere between high and low marks, hot or cold is OK. A millimeter or two up or down makes no difference. Try this...under the conditions where the bike level shows the highest, set the level at the top line. Ride. Have fun. Sleep well at night.

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Run 3 minutes, wait three minutes is what it says in the manual

Seems to work if it's run for more than 3 minutes as well. I'd guess it should be done with both wheels on the ground being that the centre stand is only an option.
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Putting it on the center stand will make it look higher. I like the convenience of checking on the center stand. I'll fill it so the oil level is at the top of the window and add oil if the level drops to the middle of the window in that configuration.

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I'll fill it so the oil level is at the top of the window and add oil if the level drops to the middle of the window in that configuration.(On the center stand)
I've followed that and it works very well.

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I'm confused about this. My oil level, when on center stand fills up the oil level inspection window, (which sounds like how GreyWolf described.) And when on the side stand, it looks bone dry.

I trust greywolf and the manual (to a lesser degree).

The manual says:
'Hold the motorcycle vertically ........ oil level should be between "L" and "F"


Do I have too much oil?!

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Everything you report is normal. You have to have the bike on its tires and hold it straight up and down to use the window marks.

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When the bike is on a center stand the rear wheel is off the ground. Plus there are a few different cstands on the market.
Suzukis oil check procedure is for the bike to be vertical. Since at least in the US market it didn't come with a cstand, you can assume that Suzuki is say vertical with both wheels one the ground.

Also make sure where you are doing the check is flat.

I make it a habbit of checking the oil in the same place, just so I am getting the same kind of reading each time.

I run my oil just over half way between the two lines, closer to full.

I checked it both vertically with wheels touching and on the center stand enough to know what the level should be with the bike on the center stand.
But when filling I check the bike while holding it vertical.
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Do I have too much oil?!
A trick I've learnt with sight glasses is if you think you have too much oil in, is to gently lean the bike away from the sight glass, with our bikes its towards the side stand, and see if you can see the top of the oil. The judgement is in knowing how much lean is ok till you see the top of the oil.
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The dealer told me to always check the oil with the bike on its wheels, never on the center stand.
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