First Service Newbie Questions
Okay, before anyone says it, I have searched and read, but I don't find specifically what I'm looking for, so I'm asking.
I am not a wrench, but after reading the manual, I don't see any reason I can't do some of the "1st service" items myself; mainly the oil change. I just hit 600 miles, so I don't want to put this off another week.
1. Has anyone used a NON-oem oil filter, and if so, exactly which one? I've read Purolaters are god, but I'm going OEM unless someone can say definitively which one I should get.
2. Oil - It seems like oil choice is a bit like religious choice... everyone has an opinion and everyone is right. So I'll keep it simple. I'm familiar with SAE 10W-40 for cars. But there is a difference between car oil and bike oil? (The threads imply there is, but I can't find what the diff is)
Being new to working on my own stuff, unless someone has 1st hand knowledge, I'll just go safe and sane and get OEM filter, and Suzuki oil, and if it costs me a bit more, so be it.
I'm cool with tightening bolts and inspecting stuff. But last question.
3. Manual says to inspect throttle cable play and throttle valve synchronization. I know where my throttle cable is, but where is my synchro, and what exactly am i looking for? Is this best left to a real mechanic?
4. I lied, last question. Does me doing any of this affect the warranty at all?
If I sound nervous, it's only because I am... But an interesting study would be how quickly that nervousness goes away. I knew nothing about home repair when I bought my first home, and with no help, I rewired every lightsocket and switch, put in a gas line for a new stove, put on a new roof, put in new drainage. So it's not that I'm not handy, i'm just new to bikes. In a couple years, I'll be giving advice. Advice like, "Stop being so nervous newbie!"
Thanks in advance for listening and offering info. I'll do the work tomorrow and let you all know how it went...
::: Furious Stylz :::
There problem is, they don't know what they are for.
They only know what they are against.