DIY Motorcycle Maintenance or Dealer Service?

Most motorcycle owners are unable to detect or fix very little problems with their vehicle. It usually seems like such a huge task meant for professionals only and this isn’t cost effective. Hundreds of dollars are spent daily on really simple adjustments and maintenance techniques. Wouldn’t it be nice to learn a few of those maintenance tips just to save a few dollars and for such emergencies where you find yourself stranded on a lonely road? These quick fixes and maintenance tips could be just what you need to get you back on the road.

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CHANGING YOUR OIL

At a regular mechanic changing your oil and getting a new filter would cost at least $20. Here’s how to do it yourself.

  1. Ensure that your car is parked on a leveled ground to make it easier to jack-up
  2. Locate the oil knob under your car and unscrew the knot to drain the darkened old oil.
  3. Find your oil filter then use an oil filter wrench remove it. Ensure that the rubber gasket on the old filter comes off as well.
  4. Apply lubrication on the rubber gasket of new filter and pour in new oil to about 2/3 of new filter capacity.
  5. Screw the new filter back into place as tightly as possible.
  6. Prop open the top bonnet (hood), open up the oil cap and fill in new oil. Using the measuring stick check to see if you’ve added enough.
  7. Replace the cap and that’s it!

Make sure you are in your mechanic attire before handling oil to avoid stains.

BATTERY CONNECTION

Double checking your connection to make sure your cables are in place and applying anti-corrosion fluid would cost you at least $5. This is how to do it yourself.

  1. Unscrew the knot on your battery cables starting with the negative cables.
  2. Using a wire brush clean and lubricate the cable plugs with anti-corrosion fluid. This fluid is simply made up of baking soda and water so preparing this solution yourself would help you save more.
  3. With a wire brush clean battery terminals, rinse off anti-corrosion fluid and dry off with a cloth.
  4. Replace your battery terminals starting with the positive ones first.

CHANGING SPARK PLUGS

If you are having problems in kick-starting your vehicle there could be a number of reasons and one of them are depleted spark plugs. Changing spark plugs could cost about $15. Here are steps to change them.

  1. Prop open the hood of your vehicle and trace the thick rubber wire depending on the number of engine cylinders, you may find up to four, six or eight plugs.
  2. Beginning at the end of each row, pull off the rubber wires to reveal the plugs one at a time.
  3. Slide your ratchet over the plug and unscrew each old plug
  4. Screw in the new plugs and tighten them using a wrench
  5. Re-attach the rubber covering over the new spark plugs one at a time

These easy steps can save you a lot of time and money also gives you the thrill of playing mechanic. Once you perfect these steps you can take on more intricate repairs and in no time you would become your own auto repairer. What better way to get things done on time with no extra cost.

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