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My first attempt at changing the oil and transmission fluid on the Honda

Sorry everybody, I couldn’t load a video greater than 100mb on the blog so if you follow the link below it will take you to my first attempt.  Remember this was my first time and I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do like having the bike almost slide off the stand and lots of other tricks.

For the complete video of me changing the oil click on the link at the top of this post.

I found the following in the Honda Manual.  My grandpa and I drove to Rocky Mountain in St. George (St. Geezeyville) to buy the kit that gives you the oil, the transmission fluid and the oil filter.

Changing Engine Oil & Filter

  • 1. Run the engine for 3 minutes, then shut it off. 
  • 2. Support the CRF in an upright position on a level surface.
  • 3. Remove the engine oil filler cap from the left crankcase cover.
  • 4. Place an oil drain pan under the engine to catch the oil. Then remove the engine oil
  • drain bolt and sealing washer. (Sure, it drips and drains all over the stand)
  • 5. With the engine stop button pushed, repeat kickstarter operation approximately 5 times to
  • drain the engine oil completely. Yeah, I almost killed myself doing this because the bike started sliding off of the stand so I just hand did it.
  • 6. After the oil has drained, install the engine oil drain bolt with a new sealing washer to the
  • specified torque: 12 lbf·ft (16 N·m, 1.6 kgf·m)
  • 8. Remove the left engine guard bolt and left engine guard. 10mm socket or wrench.
  • 9. Remove the oil filter cover bolts and oil filter cover.
  • 10. Remove the oil filter from the cover.
  • 11. Check that the oil filter cover O-ring is in good condition. (It was.)
  • 12. Apply grease to the seat face of the spring. Okay, I didn’t do this.
  • 13. Position the spring against the engine crankcase and install a new oil filter with the rubber seal  facing out, away from the engine. You should see the ”OUT-SIDE” mark on the filter body, near the seal. The TUSK Filter didn’t have the words but looking at it I compared the positioning with the Honda filter. 

NOTE: Use a new genuine Honda oil filter or a filter of equal quality specified for your model. Rocky Mountain sold me a TUSK Filter.

If the oil filter is not installed properly, it will cause serious engine damage.

  • 14. Install the oil filter cover O-ring and oil filter cover being careful not to damage the O-ring,
  • then tighten the oil filter cover bolts to the specified torque: 9 lbf·ft (12 N·m, 1.2 kgf·m) I asked the expert at the counter about torque wrench and he said that he has never used a torque wrench.
  • 15. Install the left engine guard and left engine guard bolt.
  • 16. Fill the crankcase with the recommended oil. Capacity: 0.73 US qt (0.69R) at oil and filter change
  • 0.70 US qt (0.66R) at oil change  (about 22.4 ounces)
  • 17. Install the engine oil filler cap.
  • 18. Check the engine oil level by following the steps in Checking & Adding oil in the manual.  I looked at the fill bubble and made sure that what I put in registered just below the H and then made sure that I put in about .70 US qt.  We looked up converting parts of a quart to ounces and it came out at about 22.4 ounces.  Gramma gave me a old container that actually had the ounces on it so I was able to also measure the oil when I put it in.
I’ll do a lot better next time.  I also changed out the Transmission Fluid at the same time I did the oil.

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