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RickDV
10-14-2005, 05:41 PM
I don't recall if this topic has been covered lately.

What are your thoughts on when to change your oil: When winterizing in the fall or as part of de-winterizing in the spring?

mitch
10-14-2005, 05:52 PM
Both. I know it's crazy, but it only takes a few minutes and a few bucks. I would not leave the old oil in all winter, so fall is best if you do it once.

east tx skier
10-14-2005, 06:01 PM
According to JimN, change it in the Fall. Don't want dirty oil sitting in there all winter.

OhioX14
10-14-2005, 06:03 PM
I agree on the fall if you do it once. If you go nuts with fogging oil (some guys pull the plugs and do each cylinder as well) then I would definately change it again in the spring since you know where that fogging oil is going to end up.

G-man
10-14-2005, 06:36 PM
If your going to store change the oil in the fall. You really don't want any contaminants being stored in your engine for 5-6 months.

NeilM
10-14-2005, 06:41 PM
it's unanimous :woohoo: - the fall --

MarkP
10-14-2005, 09:52 PM
Ah,

SPRING!!

I don’t want all the residual contaminants in my fresh oil..

André
10-14-2005, 09:53 PM
Hi Mark! :moon:

MarkP
10-14-2005, 09:58 PM
Hi Mark! :moon:Showoff!!;) !!

phecksel
10-17-2005, 12:53 PM
Those containments include acids, which can have a detrimental effect on bearings.

RickDV
10-17-2005, 12:59 PM
OK, so it makes sense that you do not want the oil to sit in the engine all winter. What about draining the oil in the fall and putting new in the spring? Does it hurt to leave the oil drained all winter?

Tom023
10-17-2005, 01:27 PM
When you replace the old oil with new, you should run the engine for a few minutes to circulate clean oil throughout the system. Just draining it doesn't really do much.

Maristar210
10-17-2005, 01:33 PM
OK, so it makes sense that you do not want the oil to sit in the engine all winter. What about draining the oil in the fall and putting new in the spring? Does it hurt to leave the oil drained all winter?

Rick,

No way would I leave the crankcase empty all winter. Even the tiniest amount of corrosion can be bad. Action says fall and fall only, I agree. BTW we fill our dirt bikes to the brim during the winter to eliminate any condensation in the lower end if this helps for comparison.

How's the wrist?

Steve

Workin' 4 Toys
10-17-2005, 04:24 PM
Fall, all the way.

captkidd
10-18-2005, 03:48 PM
If fall and spring, is there any reason to use the more expensive synthetic oil and to replace that $11 K&N oil filter before spring?

Footin
10-18-2005, 04:12 PM
Fall with Mobil 1 and a Nascar Wix filter.