is it ok to leave the oil drained?


14 replies to this topic
  • yama02yz250f

Posted November 30, 2007 - 12:43 AM

#1

Is it ok to leave the oil drained in a bike for a period of time(1 month)? I wanted to make sure the dirty oil wasnt left sitting in the bikes while i am away at college but only had enough oil for one of the bikes and my dad has never changed the oil so we figured we would just leave the oil empty and fill it when I get back....there is no chance of riding the bike without oil.

  • BergArabia

Posted November 30, 2007 - 01:24 AM

#2

Is it ok to leave the oil drained in a bike for a period of time(1 month)? I wanted to make sure the dirty oil wasnt left sitting in the bikes while i am away at college but only had enough oil for one of the bikes and my dad has never changed the oil so we figured we would just leave the oil empty and fill it when I get back....there is no chance of riding the bike without oil.

and no chance of it being starting up even, presumably (hopefully)..

The only concern would be corrosion in the intervening period.
What about asking your dad to pour in 1 liter of some cheap dino juice from walmart just so you can sleep at night..
Then you can drain it again when you get back and add whatever your favorite is..
Total cost will be less than 3 bucks..

Oh and I hope you enjoy your studies..:thumbsup:

  • USED YZ426F

Posted November 30, 2007 - 05:22 AM

#3

Is it ok to leave the oil drained in a bike for a period of time(1 month)? I wanted to make sure the dirty oil wasnt left sitting in the bikes while i am away at college but only had enough oil for one of the bikes and my dad has never changed the oil so we figured we would just leave the oil empty and fill it when I get back....there is no chance of riding the bike without oil.


There really shouldn't be a problem unless the bike is stored outside in the elements. Even after draining the old oil out, there will be a film coating everything inside the engine that you can't get rid of.

Unless you are going to fill the engine up with oil and run it, just dumping oil in will do nothing. The only things that will get lubed are those that happen to be in the path of the oil fill hole on the way to the lowest point of the cases (that is where the oil will eventually find its way).

If you are going to leave the bike sitting for an extended period of time (say the rest of winter), I would recommend that you put the proper amount of oil in and run the bike for about 5 minutes or so. Then drain the fuel out of the tank and carb, pull the spark plug and pour about a tablespoon of 30W onto the top of the piston. Kick the bike over several times to lubricate the top of the piston and bore. Put the spark plug back in and store the bike out of the elements if possible.

  • Ga426owner

Posted November 30, 2007 - 07:52 AM

#4

I would only do this if there is absolutely no way moisture or condensation is anywhere near your bike.....You are better off draining and installing drain plugs if you do this....better yet....just add the oil.:thumbsup:

  • yama02yz250f

Posted November 30, 2007 - 04:03 PM

#5

i will be riding it in about 20 days...i think i will just tell him to add a quart and half and then i will just check the level when i get home

  • sirthumpalot

Posted November 30, 2007 - 04:23 PM

#6

I think used-426 has it right. For me personally the only reason not to leave it empty for 20 days is you might forget it's empty when you return and fire it up without filling it. I've seen stranger things happen!

  • yama02yz250f

Posted November 30, 2007 - 11:10 PM

#7

oh dont worry i wont be forgetting...we made note of the fact on the bike just in case we could forget

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  • tnl

Posted December 01, 2007 - 08:58 AM

#8

Put the piston in T.D.C. to close the valves to eliminate any chance of getting moisture (humidity) into the head. Roll the bike backwards in first gear till the front end pulls off the ground then it's in T.D.C.

  • BergArabia

Posted December 01, 2007 - 09:09 AM

#9

Put the piston in T.D.C. to close the valves to eliminate any chance of getting moisture (humidity) into the head. Roll the bike backwards in first gear till the front end pulls off the ground then it's in T.D.C.


Nice trick.. I didn't know that.. Thanks:thumbsup:

  • sheeks

Posted December 01, 2007 - 02:47 PM

#10

Insted of starting another thred i will just use this since we are talking about storage.Ok i will be leaving my 426 in the shed for at least 2-3 months,i have read the manual about storing the bike but is there anything else you guys would recomend that i do aswell,also how much work will the bike need to get it going again after the couple o months its been sitting.hopefully none.
cheers

  • MAD_POTTER

Posted December 01, 2007 - 02:55 PM

#11

Put the piston in T.D.C. to close the valves to eliminate any chance of getting moisture (humidity) into the head. Roll the bike backwards in first gear till the front end pulls off the ground then it's in T.D.C.


Yes! Awesome tip:worthy:

  • tnl

Posted December 01, 2007 - 05:46 PM

#12

My gas tank is getting kind of low:.(

  • sirthumpalot

Posted December 02, 2007 - 05:19 AM

#13

Insted of starting another thred i will just use this since we are talking about storage.Ok i will be leaving my 426 in the shed for at least 2-3 months,i have read the manual about storing the bike but is there anything else you guys would recomend that i do aswell,also how much work will the bike need to get it going again after the couple o months its been sitting.hopefully none.
cheers



My standard basic storage procedure is: fill the tank to the top and use fuel stabilizer, change the engine oil. Put about a teaspoon of oil in the cylinder and kick it over a few times. Coat anything that might rust with something like silicone spray (careful of the brakes!). Do any maintenance (clean filter, lube cables, etc..) before you store it, and clean and re-oil the filter when it's time to ride again (some oil looses its tack over time).

  • crf-f crf-r trx cbr

Posted December 02, 2007 - 05:35 AM

#14

i pull the valve cover on my bikes and apply a thin layer of grease on the cam so when i fire it up 5 months later it has lube.....

  • BergArabia

Posted December 02, 2007 - 07:31 AM

#15

I was thinking this was some good information and no doubt with a little thought a comprehensive "what to do when storing the bike" thread could be made and this could be added to Gray's excellent common posts thread.. (BTW that was a great idea Gray, much neater than a list of 25 stickies)... :thumbsup:





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