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post #1 of 28 Old 06-07-2006, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Changing my oil question...

I am waiting for the oil to drian as I type this, I bought the oil, new filter and a compression washer. (at the suggestion of the counter agent)

Does the oil plug come from the factory with a compression washer? There seems to be one, but if it is one it does not seem to want to come off.

Any suggestions?

Would I be safe just putting the plug back in as is?

Rookie questions, but this is my first time through this....

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post #2 of 28 Old 06-07-2006, 09:54 PM
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The oil drain plug does come with an aluminum crush washer. If your current drain plug has a washer on it and it won't come off, I would just re-use it as is. I have done this for years with no leaks or problems.

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Sometimes they conform so well they become stuck on. Gently tap the edge with the blade of a screwdriver and it will pop off.
 
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I'm a big fan of replacing the crush washer with every oil change. IMO it is designed to do it's job once. Sometimes it gets crushed to the point that it expands to where it's engaged with the threads of the plug and won't come off. What I do is try to grasp the crush washer at the edges with some small pliers and rotate it off the plug like a nut.

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For my first oil change, I reused the crush washer. No problems 1k later.

But next time I will replace it.

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Picked up a FRAM oil filter at Walmart PH6018. 6 bucks and change..

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I went with brand specific stuff....

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Picked up a FRAM oil filter at Walmart PH6018. 6 bucks and change..
I went with the Suzuki filter and oil, spent more but I am still way ahead over what I was spending having the mechanic do it.

The designers seem to have made it as easy as it could be on the V-Strom. I feel like a chump for not trying to do change my own oil before this... :shock:

It seems, like almost every topic there is many opinions on which oil to use. So I am taking the stick with the Suzuki name theory for now....

Oh, I did leave the old washer in place, and will try hrader to remove it next time.

Thanks for the info everybody....

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My last comment about the crush washer... :wink:

Some guys re-use them over and over with no problems, but I think it is asking for trouble. That type of rolled-metal crush washer allows a good seal with less torque. Once they are crushed it will require more torque to seal. More torque + aluminum threads = recipe for disaster IMHO.

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Re: I went with brand specific stuff....

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It seems, like almost every topic there is many opinions on which oil to use. So I am taking the stick with the Suzuki name theory for now....
Here's a link to my used oil analysis test I did on my DL650. You are right there are many schools of thought about which oil is best but in my opinion it's all just talk. The only way to know how an oil is performing is to have a UOA done and compare results over time and with different oils. I would not be optimistic about how well the Suzuki 10W-40 dino oil holds up. Of course.....you could always do me a favor and have it tested just for grins. :P

http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=12...oil%2Canalysis

BTW....I have never changed the drain plug washer and I will not. It will not flatten out unless it is overtorqued. Mine looks the same as a new one. Of course if you have money to burn........... :twisted:
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Re: I went with brand specific stuff....

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I feel like a chump for not trying to do change my own oil before this... :shock:
I'm definitely not a gear head, but I sort of felt the same as you before I changed my oil a few times. But now I find it a hassle to recycle my oil and filters. At last count, I had about 3 gallons of used oil & 3 filters taking up space in my garage. Plus, the auto parts places around here won't accept the oil containers, and the oil change places just toss 'em in the trash. (Our planet's screwed.) So, while it is convenient on occasion for me to change my own, I usually let the stealership do it whenever I take it in for service.

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