How to Change Your Oil (COMPLETE Guide)



How to Change the Oil and Filter on an R11xxrt (oilhead)

Steps

  1. Ride the bike until the oil is up to normal operating temperature.
  2. Place bike on side stand for 5 minutes to let the oil cooler drain.
  3. Place bike on centre stand.
  4. Remove the oil filler cap.
  5. Locate the oil drain bolt, it is directly below the engine near the middle of the engine block.
  6. Place the oil drain pan under the bolt.
  7. Remove the drain bolt and let the oil drain.
  8. When the oil has drained replace the bolt, tighten to 32Nm.Don't forget the little washer that goes on the bolt, or you'll be doing this operation twice.
  9. Locate the oil filter, it is forward of the drain bolt and is recessed into the engine, it is not visible except from below.
  10. Place the drain pan under the filter.
  11. Use the filter wrench to remove the filter, a little oil will run out while you are unscrewing the filter.
  12. Pour the oil from the filter into the drain pan.
  13. Let the last few drops drip from the engine into the pan.
  14. Smear some oil on the rubber gasket of the new filter, just a little.
  15. Fill the filter with fresh oil, this will take several pours as it takes time to seep down.(Optional step)
  16. Screw the filter into the recess until finger tight.
  17. Torque the filter to 11Nm, many people just turn the filter another 1/4 to 1/2 turn rather than using a wrench, do so at your own risk!
  18. Pour fresh oil into the filler until the total used is 3.75 litres including the amount in the filter.The manual calls for 4 litres, but this is usually too much as not all the oil drains.
  19. Replace the filler cap.
  20. Start the engine and let it idle for about 45 to 60 seconds while observing the area around the filter.If you see oil coming from this area, shut the engine down immediately. You may have a filter missing a gasket, or the gasket from the old filter stuck on the block. Refer to the notes below for instructions on how to check for a stuck gasket.
  21. Check the oil level in the sight glass before riding the motorcycle, and ensure it is between the high and low marks indicated in your owners manual.

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    Do I check the oil level on the side stand or when upright?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    From a running engine, shut it off and put it on the side stand for at least 5 minutes. This allows the oil from the coolers to drain into the engine. Then put it up on the center stand. Check the level in the sight glass while on the center stand.
    Thanks!
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  • Which oil to use - this question is subject of much heat and not much light, BMW provides recommendations and their own branded oil but many other oils are as good or better (or worse). The R11xx series is a dry clutch motor. There is no need for a motorcycle specific oil in this vehicle, but if you feel more comfortable using one, by all means, have at it.
  • There is no need to remove the belly pan to change the oil and filter though some people do.
  • Many drain pans are big enough that you can remove the filter while the oil is draining from the engine.
  • BMW makes an oil filter wrench, it is expensive. A Fram type B works just as well and is cheap and easy to find. Take your new filter to the store to make sure you get the right one.
  • How often to change - BMW recommends every 6,000 miles (9,700 km), again this is disputed with people ranging from 3,000 to 15,000 miles (4,800 to 24,100 km).
  • If it is difficult to get the filter to engage in the recess make sure you do not still have the old gasket up there, it is Very hard to see, you can use a mirror and a flashlight to look or poke around.
  • You can drain the oil from the filter before removing it by punching a hole in the bottom with a screwdriver, this may make less mess. It would be best to ensure you can turn the filter before doing this or you will have a bike that cannot be run.

Warnings

  • The oil will be hot when you start the process! You want this so that it drains quickly and completely.
  • Used motor oil is carcinogenic, wear rubber gloves while changing the oil and clean up any spills thoroughly. Please dispose of the used oil properly, many auto shops and gas stations will take it for recycling.





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