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1st Gen Venture Oil Change Pictorial
  Author: Nacho
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Hi there again, guys.

I finally got some free time so I decided to change my 91 Venture oil and filters.

First step was, of course to get the parts. I bought the oil filter and new seals from Buckeye Performance, although the seals were just perfect and left them on place. Now I know I have a new set of new seals (cover and hollow bolt) just in case I have leak or something, or simply for the next time.

Ok. Tools ready, parts on the table and the bike on the center stand on a nice warm Spring evening (yes, we are at Spring in Spain now in early February).

Took off the four bolts of the plastic wind deflector. Removed the deflector but put the bolts back in place so I don't lose them or mix them with others. Be sure not to lose the metal collars that go through the rubber mount bushings.

This is what I see now:

Then, loosen the bolt of the oil filter cover using the right tool. Oil has to start falling into the pan as you loosen it.

Once you open the cover, be careful, the seal tends to fall down into the dirty oil. I managed to leave mine hanging in there. See the pic.


I then took the cover and the old filter to a safe place and took the cartidge out of the bolt and cover. Be careful, as there is a spring and washer between the cartridge and the inside part of the cover. See the pics.



TAC Note: There should be a flat washer between the spring and filter. The washer is missing from these pictures, as it was missing from this bike. See pic later in article showing washer in it's proper place.


Next step is to drain the used oil from the bike. Make sure you have a big enough recipient and loosen the bolt. As a quick note, my engine was kind of warm because I did a small ride around the block just to warm it up a little bit and make it easier to drain. Oil was warm but not hot. Used thick gloves anyway to loosen the bolt and prevent getting myself burnt and dirty.

Here is the oil draining:


As all the oil went out, it was a great chance to check that the onboard warning icon of the cockpit was working properly. And as I expected, when I turned the key to the ON position, the oil icon was on the dash.

TAC Note: The oil icon is a low oil level indicator, it is not an oil pressure indicator.


While I waited for all the oil to be drained completely, I cleaned the inside part of the cover, the bolt, spring and the seal (yes, I kept the old seal because it was simply in perfect shape, with no flats, dents or broken parts).

TAC Note: The oil filter cover o-ring and the bolt o-ring should be replaced to avoid leaks. If they are in excellent shape they may be reused if new are not readily available.


Also, I cleaned the part that remains in the bike:



Here you can see the cover, the bolt and the spring clean and ready to receive the new oil filter:


The picture below shows the proper location of the washer placed over the spring.


Here is an important advise: If you push the cartridge too hard directly into the cover, you might push off one of the rubber grommets mounted in the cartridge. This was my case, as you can see in the pic. 



I had to mount the rubber back in place (not easy) and try again more carefully. This time I simply spun the cartridge like it was a nut till it went all the way down. Oiling the rubber grommets may make installation easier.



Notice that I wrote down a date on the cartridge. I also tracked the data into my computer, but this way, if I sell the bike, the new owner can know the age of the oil filter (although I don't plan to get rid of this great bike).

Ready to reinstall everything again, I used a syringe to place some of the fresh oil in the slot of the cover and put the seal on top. This way, the oil makes the seal to stuck in there and you don't have to worry about it when you take the complete set to the bike.



You can't see in the picture, but here the seal is oily and is just like 0.1 milimeter above the cover level.



With the cover on, I just torqued it (didn't have the right tools, so I did it just by "hand feeling". Sorry about it).

Also, put back in place the draining bolt (also by hand feeling). And then, got new and fresh oil into the engine.




Finally, I put the plastic wind deflector back in place.

Oil used was Mobil Super S Semi Synthetic. I like the Mineral better (I use it in the other Venture) but this bike is been using Semi since the begining and I guess I should keep giving her the same kind of drink.

Total time used was about one hour (including also the air filter change).

I hope all this pics can help anybody sometime. I made them with great pleasure for this forum. PTBAV!!!!

Of course, when I finished, I took the bike and went for a nice ride.

Hasta la vista,

Nacho.

Last update: 08:55 PM Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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