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post #1 of 11 Old 07-28-2009, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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oil level too high? DL650

I just did my first oil change (665 kms) as well as the filter. I put in exactly 2.7 litres as per the owner's manual and after running it and letting sit for the 3 minutes, the oil level in the sightglass is completely full. Does anyone know if a high oil level is a problem? I know with my last bike DRZ400SM everyone said not to worry about it but I'm not sure on the Wee

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I would worry about it in any vehicle. It can sometimes cause gaskets to leak. I have always left my vehicles just under full. It is easy to do all you need to do is loosen the oil filter and let it drain then run it for a few and check the level.

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I like to measure the oil that comes out when I drain it, then I am sure it all came out. I developed this habit with a bike that would sometimes capture oil somewhere in the system, and then if I put the right (per spec) amount in, there would be too much. Just a thought. I don't know if stroms can do this.

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I just did my first oil change (665 kms) as well as the filter.
Was the engine warm when you drained the oil and was the bike vertical (as opposed to being on the side stand)? Cold engines and side stands will both result in the oil not completely draining.
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Was the engine warm when you drained the oil and was the bike vertical (as opposed to being on the side stand)? Cold engines and side stands will both result in the oil not completely draining.
yes I warmed it up first and had it on the center stand so it was perfectly vertical.
I think I will loosen the filter and drain a little out.

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I fill mine completely to the full line. No more, no less.

Some owners have reported that having a slightly low oil level can cause shifting issues between 1st and 2nd. Once filled to the full line, the problem goes away. I found this to be true with my bike.

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I just had the same thing happen. I changed the oil the same as always and this time the sight guage was full. I didn't worry about it at first, but the more I though about it the more paranoid I got. I took a little out through the filler hole with a clear plastic tube and brought it back to the full line. No big deal, but I did sleep better.

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I just did my first oil change (665 kms) as well as the filter. I put in exactly 2.7 litres as per the owner's manual and after running it and letting sit for the 3 minutes, the oil level in the sightglass is completely full. Does anyone know if a high oil level is a problem? I know with my last bike DRZ400SM everyone said not to worry about it but I'm not sure on the Wee
I ended up removing 250 ml (1 cup or 8 ounces for the metrically challenged) to bring the level down to the top mark. I guess I've learned a lesson to start with a little less on fill-up. It is a lot easier to add a bit than to remove it..

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I fill mine completely to the full line. No more, no less.

Some owners have reported that having a slightly low oil level can cause shifting issues between 1st and 2nd. Once filled to the full line, the problem goes away. I found this to be true with my bike.
This is the correct. Any car or bike manual says you must verify the oil and "add oil until the top mark". The correct ammount of oil helps to cool the engine.
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I ended up removing 250 ml (1 cup or 8 ounces for the metrically challenged) to bring the level down to the top mark. I guess I've learned a lesson to start with a little less on fill-up. It is a lot easier to add a bit than to remove it..
That seems like a lot of oil you had to remove. If you put in 2.7L and then had to remove .25L to get to the full mark there is a problem somewhere. Is there a chance that perhaps not as much drained out as you thought? That seems like the best possibility.


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