While almost all mechanics in the world tend to be hard working and honest people, it’s not uncommon to come across one that’s only out to make a quick buck at the expense of his customers. This can sometimes just mean overcharging for a service, but some mechanics might not even perform the service at all, which can end up being dangerous, especially before leaving on a big trip.
The next best option, then, is to learn how to do a simple service at home. Fortunately, this has become easier than ever thanks to a wide availability of tools, as well as many online guides. Here we will look at a basic breakdown of what’s needed and how to get started.
Changing The Oil
The main engine oil acts as the lubricant for the many moving parts that can be found throughout the motor. Running out of oil is one of the worst problems a person can face, as it can lead to seriously expensive repairs down the road. Keeping the oil topped up isn’t always enough, though, and over time the oil can become old and will need to be replaced. This is extremely easy, and involves finding the oil tap, draining it out into a pan until completely dry, and replacing the tap with new washers. New oil can then be added to the reservoir, and it should mean immediate improvements to mileage.
Next up is air filters, which are important as the engine needs fresh, cool air consonantly in order to fire properly. Similarly to the oil chance, this can be done easily enough, as long as the right replacement filter is available. Most air filters covers are held on by specialised clips, although this can vary from model to model. Once the cover has been removed, take the old filter out and give everything a good clean inside before putting the new one in. It should just slip into place without any issues, after which the cover can be put back over the filter.
Coolant is usually a mixture of anti-freeze and distilled water and works to channel heat away from the engine to keep it running well, much like clothes you’d wear in hot weather allow for your skin to breathe. Some bikes have permanent coolant enclosures that never need changing, but most will need to have their coolant topped up at some point. It’s a good idea to check out your bike’s manual before buying coolant, but it will almost always be a mixture of anti-freeze, which can usually be mixed at home while you find games to play here now while the coolant fills up the reservoir. Always use distilled water, as introducing tap water into the system can lead to rust down the road.
The tyres are what keep the bike on the road, and they need to be looked after as much as the engine. It’s a good idea to check the tread of the tyre every two weeks to ensure that it’s still good, and to always keep both tyres pumped up, as this can prolong their lives and keep them running longer. Changing the tyres at certain intervals is also a good idea, depending on how much you travel.
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