Trouble with Buell Lightning oil change.? – Yahoo Answers

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Trouble with Buell Lightning oil change.?

I bought a 2003 Buell Lightning XB9S. Apparently it sat in a cold garage for 3 months in Chicago. I went to change the oil today, and followed the original owners manual correctly. I let the bike run for 15 minutes.

It sounded great.

I opened the drain valve, drained the old oil out (which was very black). Replaced the oil filter, then went to fill the oil tank back up with new oil, and it only held 1.5 quarts. The owners manual said it should have held 2.5 including the oil I poured into the new filter.

I then realized that the oil pan had way less than 2.5 quarts of old oil in it.


Now I’m stuck. I tried to do the oil change over again. After reopening the drain plug, nothing comes out. I can see the oil tank is full of fresh oil. So I ran the bike for about 1 minute to see if it would circulate.

Still nothing drains out, and the tank is full of clean oil.

Does this mean the oil is not circulating? Where should I go from here?

Also. I inspected the air filter, and there is clean oil in the housing around the air filter. Does this mean there is too much oil in the bike?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Rob

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I would start by running the bike and then pull the oil tank filler cap and shine a light inside and look at the oil in tank observing to see if the oil is circulating. If it is, let it idel for about 10 minutes or ride it for a mile, turn around and come back, this will get the bike up to operating temparture, where it should be to drain and change the oil. Then check the oil level again and try to drain it.

If nothing comes out, then the drain is obstructed by something. I have seen people drop the foil or foam/paper oil bottle seal inside oil tanks and obstruct the drain and even oil pump feed line.

When the manual states 2.5 qts capacity, that is TOTAL capacity, not just the tank. This is why it is critical to have the engine at operating temp before changing the oil, it fully circulates all the oil in the system, especially after a bike has sat for a long period of time, oil from the tank, over time, drains due to gravity, seeps past the oil pump a collects in the bottom of the engine (this is called wet-sumping, a natural occurence that was resolved by moving the oil from above engine to the hollow swingarm.

Running the engine until op temp, removes this oil from the crankcase, circulates it and puts it back into the tank. The engine and oil lines hold almost 1qt of oil, this accounts for some of the oil you appear to be missing.

Buell Lightning

Heat the engine up, drain the oil, change the filter, fill system back up with about 1.5qts, run the engine for about 5-10 minutes, let sit for 2-3 minutes, then check oil level in tank and add oil as needed to speciifed level. then ride it.

If after running the engine and looking inside the tank and you do not phusically see the oil circuclating. you have an issue that a shop needs to look at, most likely cause is a broken oil pump drive gear. but NORMALLY, if this happens, your oil pressure warning light will come on and you will hear a loud clacking sound coming from the hydraulic lifter not pumping up due to no oil pressure.

NOTE. NEVER. NEVER. sotre a motorcycle, car or any engine for long periods of time with old, used, dirty oil. acids from the old oil corrode engine parts over time and cause damage.

ALWAYS change your oil BEFORE going into storage, then come warm weather, you are already to go.

PS. VERY nice to see someone that actually read the owners manual.

HD recently did a survey asking 10,000 new bike owners if they read and follow the owners manual. only 4% answered yes. and everyone wonders why MOST HD riders are IDIOTS about their bikes. everyone here on YA gets sick and tired of people asiing the simple question. How do I drain my oil.

Hey DUMB@$$. read your freaking Owners Manual. or better yet, buy a FACTORY service manual.

Source(s):

20yr HD Tech. MMI Grad 1991 and 2009. Factory trained by HD (Buell Certified), Big Dog, American Ironhorse, Titan, and Indian

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