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I screwed up. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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skywhisperer
skywhisperer
I screwed up.
(crossposted to motorcycles)
I needed to change the oil on the Blast last weekend. I went to the dealership for the filter, Cycle Gear for the oil. When I got out to my hanger/workshop, I realized I didn't have the manual and didn't know where it was.

So I changed the filter, hoping the oil would run out. It didn't. So I found The Guys (the ones with Harleys who I ride with mostly), and they looked at it, and they pretty universally pointed to the drain on the bottom of the transmission. I pulled it. Oil drained out, it took me hours to get the plug back in, but I did eventually. Then I tried to put oil in the bike - and it would only take a bit under a quart.

I was puzzled. While I was being puzzled, I painted the exhaust where it was corroded. I'm hoping the Rustoleum BBQ paint will hold up there - I use it on the plane, so I expect it will be fine. Anyway, the paint was still wet when I wanted to leave, so I just rolled the bike into the hanger and got a ride home.

A web search, this week, has led me to believe that I have totally drained the transmission fluid, and then overfilled the oil. Apparently the oil drain plug is somewhere at the end of a hose that I haven't found yet, and I'm going to have to take the footpeg off to get to the transmission re-filler.

I decided the time had come to stop being an idiot, and I ordered a service manual online, but it won't be here for another week.

I suppose 2 weeks without my bike during the most wonderful weather of the year is my karmic punishment for trying to change the oil without the manual (which I still haven't found). But it still sucks.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: January 5th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oil Changes

As one grows older, one figures out some things ARE worth paying for....

Chuck
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 5th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oil Changes

The Harley dealership wanted $150 to change the oil.

Um, no. :)
bebo_65 From: bebo_65 Date: January 5th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose 2 weeks without my bike during the most wonderful weather of the year is my karmic punishment for trying to change the oil without the manual (which I still haven't found). But it still sucks.

That really does suck. Oh, the joys of owning mechanical things. I'm really, really just a stoopid girly girl when it comes to stuff like that, so you have my sympathy for the mix-up and my admiration for even trying to do that yourself.

*hugs*
acelightning From: acelightning Date: January 5th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
i hate to be the one to say this... (actually, i don't hate it at all...)

RTFM!

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