2005 GS Oil drain issue after winter storage...?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Hevy Kevy, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. Hevy Kevy

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    So, bike has been stored for 5 months. Did the valves, lubes etc. Start it to warm oil for an oil change, remove filter and hardly any oil comes out. After contemplating, added some oil , level rises in sight glass. remove filter, some, less than a litre drains. Sight glass shows 1/2 full level. Any wisdom out there?
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  2. JimVonBaden

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    I assume you removed the drain plug. Sounds like the bike was drained before storage.
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  3. GS Addict

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    I'm confused. :scratch
    You don't mention the drain plug on the bottom of the engine.
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    Time stamps on the pair of posts above point to two-point harmony.
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  5. TUCKERS

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    Why would you start it to put oil up in the engine when you want to change the oil for fresh oil? It’s been sitting 5 months all the crud is already in the sump...it was hot when it was parked . Pull the oil drain plug from the cold engine and drain the old oil. Don’t forget to put the plug back in before you add new oil. Also it’s not a bad idea to fill the filter (carefully/slowly) with oil before installing it with the correct torque. After doing this and running the engine for a minute or so let it cool down and check your oil now.....you may need a tad more. Don’t over fill....up to the top redline is good.....on a cold engine.
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  6. GS Addict

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    I have always prefilled my filters as well.
    Interesting fact - my nephew works for a big diesel manufacturer and their policy is install dry - if you prefill - no warranty.
    Makes sense as you are risking contamination on the aft side of the element if not careful.
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  7. nobbylon

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    On 1150’s do they not have an oil ‘stat? To get all the old oil out it therefore needs one of 2 things?
    1/ putting on the sidestand after a decent run which ensures oil from the cooler has drained to the sump and can be changed cold
    or 2/ doing same and just draining hot.

    On 1100’s AFAIK there’s no ‘stat so after 15 mins on the side stand you could drain while cold.
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  8. TUCKERS

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    I've done dozens of oil changes on these bikes. Just ride in and park it on the center stand. After it cools down drain the oil. I don't see what putting it on the side stand helps when the drain plug isn't in a position to be affected by that. My theory draining hot is you could leave some crud up top. BUT if you park it hot and let the oil drain down the engine you will get all the old oil out of the sump. Either way it probably doesn't matter.....I just hate working with the hot oil........
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  9. nobbylon

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    The reason is that if it’s not hot and not on the side stand you will leave some old oil in the cooler. After 15 mins on side stand you then put on center stand and drain.
    Not that it matters but I like my oil looking like oil and not black tar when I look in the window :)
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  10. TUCKERS

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    You win. I am moving on to argue with losers like me.
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  11. JimVonBaden

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    The OP has an R1200, so your discussion is not relevant to his query.
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  12. nobbylon

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    noted Jim ;)
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  13. Callisto224

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    Sounds like OP was trying to drain the oil from where the filter is mounted!

    Probably had one of these moments! :lol2
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  14. nk14zp

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    Allways prefill. Some heavy equipment filters now come with a special funnel to prefill the dirty side to avoid the risk of contamination.
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  15. miker325

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    Yeah, but back to the original post... did the OP pull the drain plug to drain the oil or just remove the oil filter? Inquiring minds want to know.
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  16. vagueout

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    Methinks the OP is new to this and may not have removed the sump drain plug or had one of those "moments" (yeah like i don't have those!) and hasn't got back due to feeling a little silly, Heavy Kevy old mate, you reckon none of us here don't make mistakes??:imaposer:thumb Get back to us and let us know how you went.
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  17. Callisto224

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    We've all had those moments! It's really bad when one of those moments result in new, expensive parts!

    DAMHIK

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