How to Change Your Oil (COMPLETE Guide)



How to Change the Oil on a Yamaha Virago XV250

Steps

  1. Remove the bung to let the oil out to drain.Remember to catch the oil in an oil drip tray (note the green tray in another photo). The bung is located on the left hand side of the bike behind the stand and is covered by the stand when it's up. Use a spanner to unscrew it anti-clockwise and screw it clockwise to tighten it back up.
    • It's a lot easier to drain when the oil is warm, so warm up the bike with a bit of a drive after letting it idle for a while.
  2. Remove the oil cap to let the oil drain fully and let air in to help drain the old oil out.If you're a little worried about the old oil being really dirty, you can buy some liquid from your local auto shop that goes in before draining the oil, to help it come out more easily and to get all the dirty oil out. Of course, note the instructions on the packet and check before buying whether it's for a motorbike or not.
  3. Remove the .The oil filter is fixed by three screws, one long one and two smaller ones, so it's not easy to mix them up. The oil filter is located on the right hand side of the bike (note the previous photo for the location). The oil filter is quite simple to remove after the cap has been removed; just pull it out and wipe out the old oil with a rag. If you didn't note which way the filter came out, just make sure the hole on the filter goes in first.
    • The oil filter shown in this image is the old one after the new one was put in, and is somewhat .
    • Watch out for oil coming out when you remove the cap holding the filter in.
  4. Screw the bung back on.After the oil has finished draining out into the tray, screw the back on the bung (clockwise).
  5. Fill the oil back up.After the bung is back on, it's time to fill the oil back up. Remember to use a funnel so you don't spill any oil anywhere. You will need to tilt the bike up straight and stop pouring to let the oil settle so that you can check the gauge to see how full the bike is. After you're sure you've got enough oil in, screw the cap back on and you're ready to go.
    • The bike is meant to take 1.4L (0.36 gallons) but you might overfill the bike to 2L (0.52 gallons) if you don't let the oil settle properly when checking the gauge.
  6. Recycle the old oil.Pour the old oil into another container. Ask your auto store where you can recycle your old oil when you buy your oil for your oil change. Some landfills have special places for disposing of the oil, as do some municipalities. Donotjust pour it down the drain!
    • Oil trays are super handy for when doing oil changes, especially with the end piece for pouring back into a container. They last for ages unless you're trying to break it.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    What size spanner wrench do I need?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can use a 19mm socket. The drain plug has a metal washer with a very small, easily damaged o-ring in a shallow groove. You might want to have an extra on-hand.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Why is there a screw in the drain plug?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The screw in the drain plug is used to stop the oil from draining out of your car during use. They chose a screw for this job because screws don't easily slip out and are simple to use as opposed to some sort of complicated clamping system.
    Thanks!
Unanswered Questions
  • Does anyone know if viragos are supposed to have an O-ring on the oil drain plug? The first time I changed the oil there wasn't one, but not sure if it was destroyed over time or the previous owner forgot.
  • I think question about the drain plug is because there is a Philips screw in the middle of the drain plug, not why are there theads on the drain plug. Is there the extra screw just ornamental?
  • You never mentioned the "O" ring to replace or what 10w40 or 10w30 oil to use?
  • What case of oil use Yamaha V- star 250?
  • Where are the actual oil filter sites on a 2001 Virago 250?
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  • Recycle whenever possible
  • Do this on grass if possible.

Warnings

  • Take care not to overfill the bike by stop-starting while filling the oil and checking the oil gauge on the side of the bike; remember when tilting the bike that it's going to be off slightly, so get someone to lean the bike up straight so you can judge the oil level.
  • Watch out for oil stains.
  • Remember to catch the oil so that it doesn't stain the concrete.





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