Originally Posted by BMK9251
Ok so my dealer did my 500 mile break in and now it is time to do my end of season oil service. I got 6 qts of Castrol 10w50 and an oil filter and drain gasket. This is my first DIY oil change.
So, I drain the oil and I get about 5.2 quarts out...
The book says 4.11 gallons which by all accounts should be 4.5 quarts right? I have checked the dipstick in the past and it is right up to the full mark.
Anyone else have this issue?
Also, I think the incredible hulk installed my oil filter because my plastic filter wrench won't take it off. It is really cranked on there. Any advice?
Plus my filter has a Triumph logo on the side so I am wondering of the dealer just drained the oil and didn't change the filter at 500 miles...
I don't see anything in my manual that refers to 4.5 gallons. The service manual states that a "dry fill" is 6.0 liters (6.34 quarts), oil + filter change is 4.2 liters (4.44 quarts). I do wonder where nearly 2 quarts are hiding after draining hot oil for a sufficient time, but I don't loose any sleep over it. I'm assuming that it takes that much to coat the engine surfaces.
Oil spec is API SH (or higher) and JASO MA. I change my oil every 3,000 miles because I personally feel that 6,000 is insufficient. I also don't subscribe to what I feel is all of the nonsense about what the "best" oil is. If it meets the spec and you are changing it at proper intervals, who cares if it's Mobil, Castrol, Valvoline, etc.? A dealer or Triumph is "recommending" a certain brand of oil? I'm sure that they are doing so because that brand is far superior to any other and there is no financial gain in doing so.
Regarding filters, buy a K&N and be done with it. Why? Because not only is K&N a quality filter, it also has a very nice 17 mm nut on the end and can be easily removed using a simple box or open end wrench. You can even get it in chrome if you wish. Strap wrenches don't fit over the T'Bird filter properly and metal end cap wrenches work, but why bother? Install a filter with a nut on the end.
Stick with the specs and change your oil regularly (I recommend 3,000 miles) and you should never have any reason to question whether or not your engine is properly protected.