Do I Really Have To Change My Oil Every Year? - GSXR.com
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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-01-2017, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Do I Really Have To Change My Oil Every Year?




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Dear MOby,

I just saw your answer regards oil change. My manual says that I need to change oil every 3000 miles. But I only ride about 1000 miles per year (very short commute). By the book, I need to perform oil change every three years. Do I really need to change oil every year? Is it okay to change oil every three years, just because I donít ride that much?

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PS: Just to make myself comfortable, I do oil change once a year.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-01-2017, 07:32 PM
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As far as I understand you have to change oil every year if the bike is stored during the winter. The used oil that sits in your sump breaks down and forms corrosive byproducts (vapours). If the bike is being used continually these vapours don't have the chance to corrode the insides of your engine. If the bike does sit too long between rides or during the winter months (we're talking months) then these byproducts will cause corrosion and damage the internals. This is definitely true for mineral based oils. I'm not sure if it holds true for synthetic oils as are used in the XR.
Therefore, change at the END of each season. Guys please comment if I have been misled all these years.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-02-2017, 11:42 AM
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Clarification: the oil doesn't breakdown by sitting in the sump, it breaks down as it is being used. The vapours that are created from this breakdown process is what is corrosive.


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