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Oil checking

Post by Zombie Master » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:12 am

I always check my R100 with a cold engine. That way I know I'm not over filled if the stick is at the max. Agree or?
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Re: Oil checking

Post by Kurt in S.A. » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:25 am

That's what I always do, too. But if you knew the oil level was fine when cold, what's wrong with the next time checking it hot? Then you could tell the difference between cold and hot and judge where things are in a relative sense. You could do the same thing when on the centerstand versus on the sidestand.

One good reason for checking cold is that the dipstick isn't so darned hot!! :lol:

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Re: Oil checking

Post by Wobbly » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:11 am

The question is: R100 oil level with or without an oil cooler ?

The coolers don't seem to have any back-flow valves, and so that liquid drains into the sump over night. (I dislike the coolers and believe the larger sump is a much better plan for road bikes... but that's a separate subject.)

With a cooler, you have to allow the engine to run for at least 30 seconds, then turn it off. You always measure the liquid level cold, so that thermal expansion is accounted for. Still, it's not a bad thing to understand where the "hot" level is just in case you're traveling cross country.
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Re: Oil checking

Post by Zombie Master » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:06 am

I checked it cold then hot. No noticeable difference.
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Re: Oil checking

Post by barryh » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:10 am

Except for auto transmissions oil levels are always set cold. The oil will expand when hot to the equivalent of adding approx. 100cc of oil or about 2mm on the dipstick. If you run the level at half mast as many do, it makes little difference either way.
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Re: Oil checking

Post by Zombie Master » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:59 pm

Think I'll just check cold before I ride.
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Re: Oil checking

Post by spo123 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:09 pm

Ah....But...do YOU screw the dipstick into the threads to check the oil.......OR, do you carefully set the dipstick just at the top of the threads (when upright, correctly)?.
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Re: Oil checking

Post by Rob » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:12 pm

spo123 wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:09 pm
Ah....But...do YOU screw the dipstick into the threads to check the oil.......OR, do you carefully set the dipstick just at the top of the threads (when upright, correctly)?.
Only one answer is correct.
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Re: Oil checking

Post by spo123 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:48 pm

CORRECT, Rob

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Re: Oil checking

Post by Rob » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:54 pm

...unless it is synthetic, then you screw it all the way in... :lol:
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