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post #1 of 18 Old 05-23-2010, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
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headscratch Oil Level????

Guy's I hate to sound like such a Idiot, but I was wondering what is the proper way to check the oil on the 700, Should I check it when cold, hot or just warm it up for a few minutes? I checked it the other day when I got home while it was cold and it was low so I added oil and after riding for about 15 minutes I checked it again and it seemed to be way over full. Sorry for the dumb question but like I you all know the 4 wheeler thing is new to me
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Per the manual, you are suppose to let it warm up, turn it off, and then pull the dip stick and clean it off. Then place it back in WITHOUT SCREWING it in, just set it in there straight down (You will notice how the fins on the stick itself are angle) and then just pull it back out and check it.

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I was told by my dealer to start it up for a min and check it while it is running

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ChadH67,
This is a real problem. The dealer here convinced me to just put in two quarts. This is or course with the understanding that you drained the oil reservoir tank, the crank-case and changed the oil filter. With this in mind, two quarts will put the level slightly below the full mark. After putting the new oil in run the machine around a little (4 or 5 minutes) and check right after a minute or two of waiting. I have been through this enough to know this will work. Good luck
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2 quarts....not hardly. It will take about 2.5 quarts, and the book says 2.3. This is experience, I am not the only one. If you look in the HOW TO threads, you will see everyone is putting about 2.5. If you initially put in the 2 quarts after you drain all the old oil and put in the new filter, start it up for a minute or two (after you put the dipstick back in) to all the oil to cycle in thru the engine and the lines, which will obviously cause the oil level to drop in the tank, then you can add the rest. Start with 2.3, and just work up a little bit, to see exactly how much it takes.

Crash, I don't know if you have tried that or not yet, but I think it is a good possibility that you can get some oil to come out of it that way, as it is circulating thru with them pump and everything, as I know I wasn't being careful one day and filled the tank too full prior to allowing the rest of the oil to get into the engine, so I started it up to cycle it in and it started splashing up on the exhaust and everything, but then again that may be b/c I had the tank too full (which after it cycle in, I added the other .2 qts, to bring it out to just under 2.5, and it was a lil over halfway up the marks on the dipstick.

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Yes I have done that and it only splashes out if it is too full.

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With all due respect!
Honda Service Manual for 2008 TRX700XX reads as follows:
"Engine oil capacity- After draining- (1.7 liters- 1.8 US qts.)
After draining/filter change- (1.8 liters- 1.9 US qts.)
After disassembly- (2.4 liters- 2.5 US qts.)"
I only copy this information from the manual to support my position on the ongoing confusion of "How much oil"?
I agree with everything you say with the exception that with this machine, after adding more oil than taking some of it out, then adding a little more, I just had to settle on what the Honda Dealer told me to do. Two quarts ends up, after running for a while, slightly below the full mark.
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I know that once I drain all the above, I always end up putting about 2.2-3 quarts once it's warm up for about 5 minutes. The problem is that the manual tells you to check the oil with the dipstick not screwed in but just resting in the pan which is kind of weird! Never heard of just settling the dipstick in and check the oil level there. But anyway, been running the beast with the above amount and haven't had any issues with it and when I do check the level, it's perfect!!

Just my 2 pennies.

Oh! Yeah! Never heard about checking the oil with the engine running!!!

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When you say "I always end up putting about 2.2-3 quarts once it's warm" is that 2.2-.3 quarts or 3 quarts? If it is .3 then that runs true with what I've been doing all along which is 2 quarts and the level is slightly below the full mark. Let me know. If that is the case I will begin with 2.2 to 2.3.
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Before following my level qty, I would basically add the 1.9 that Honda recommends then warm up the bike for 5 minutes then shut down the engine and let it stand for about a minute then unscrew the dipstick and put the stick back in without screwing it in and pull it back out and check where it's at. If you need to add more than do so but add only a little amount at a time and check it after each time. Basically I try to have it around the middle of the cross bars. This to me is the best way to check/adjust it.

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