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February 3rd, 2008, 12:05 AM   #1
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Weather was miserable today so I treated the "berg to an oil change. First I've done as I've just taken ownership of it. I've got 2 questions.
First one is how to stop fuel leaking out when bike is on its side. I turned the fuel taps off but had to resort to just leaning the bike at a 45 degree angle as it just kept pouring out.
Second, I couldn't get the bolt off for the filter screen. I use a Sidchrome socket set and it wouldn't budge. I just kept moving the bike around. Is it imperative to clean the screen or will I get away with doing it next oil change?
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Re: Oil Change

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Weather was miserable today so I treated the "berg to an oil change. First I've done as I've just taken ownership of it. I've got 2 questions.
First one is how to stop fuel leaking out when bike is on its side. I turned the fuel taps off but had to resort to just leaning the bike at a 45 degree angle as it just kept pouring out.
Second, I couldn't get the bolt off for the filter screen. I use a Sidchrome socket set and it wouldn't budge. I just kept moving the bike around. Is it imperative to clean the screen or will I get away with doing it next oil change?
Hi Sav,

Weather here on the Costa Blanca is a bit on the crappy side as well, the petrol that is coming from your carb is just coming out of the vent tubes nothing to worry about mine does this to.
I had the same problem with my filter bolt it had been nearly rounded so I managed to make a 12mm socket fit with a fair bit of tapping once on it came loose but was very tight.
The other way is to weld something on to the bolt head and get a purchase that way.
With the nut being mushroom shaped there is a lot of crossectional area touching when tightened up this is what makes it so tight, just a small nip is required.

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February 3rd, 2008, 08:31 PM   #3
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Re: Oil Change

Originally Posted by TheSav
Weather was miserable today so I treated the "berg to an oil change. First I've done as I've just taken ownership of it. I've got 2 questions.
First one is how to stop fuel leaking out when bike is on its side. I turned the fuel taps off but had to resort to just leaning the bike at a 45 degree angle as it just kept pouring out.
Second, I couldn't get the bolt off for the filter screen. I use a Sidchrome socket set and it wouldn't budge. I just kept moving the bike around. Is it imperative to clean the screen or will I get away with doing it next oil change?
Hey Sav,

Sorry to see you're having trouble with the screen bolt. I'm afraid that, yes, it is imperative that you clean the screen. Apparently someone has really overtightened this bolt, and I have heard of this happening before. For future reference, the oil drain bolt only requires 20nm of torque, and the filter screen bolt 15nm of torque.

A suggestion, try taking this bolt out when the engine is hot, you might have more luck that way.
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February 3rd, 2008, 08:39 PM   #4
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As DaleEO suggested, warm the bike & try then. It worked a treat for me. I also ended up squirting the nut with contact cleaner as it evaporates very quickly & lowers the temp of the nut. Short sharp shock when undoing it, not a slow squeeze. Good Luck dude.
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Try a 12 side socket to loosen nut, better contact on all surfaces of nut preventing damage. I remove the fuel tank when I do an oil change. Its only the seat and 2 bolts on the shroud. (fuel lines off) That works best for me. Also try a 1 litre clear squeeze sauce bottle with a tube attached to the end of it to put the oil back in.
Good luck mate.
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Thanks all. I'll take up the suggestion of warming the bike first. It all seemed so easy till that little bolt put up a fight. I'll get the bugger next time though.
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