warm up

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by chuck60, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. chuck60

    chuck60 Active Member

    Can you warm up the oil enough at idle, to wear it is warm enough to change. it's raining very hard out.
  2. PaPa T

    PaPa T Active Member

    I have done it before. I used a box fan and placed in front of bike. They are air cooled.

    PaPa T
  3. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    Some others may have different takes on this but I see no reason that warming the oil up by idleing will not be alright. You are trying to get all the debris back into the suspension by warming the oil and running the oil pump. I have an oil cooler and would run the bike untill the thermostat opened at about 180*. Be sure your area is well ventalated. The only drawback I see is you won't get to ride the bike.
  4. brownfoxx1

    brownfoxx1 Active Member

    just feel the rocker box on the rear cylinder with your right hand. if its warm
    you are good to go. ie (the internal parts of the engine have expanded enough and thorough lubrication is done.)
    i have a externat oil temp gage mounted in-line from the jegs universal oil cooler mounted in the lt. crashbar ares (6x9") and one day i was putting on my jacket etc. as the '09 t/g was warming up and i waited too long and the oil temp went to 250* so i quickly drove off and the temp went down to
    200* at about the 2 mi. mark. so just don't wait too long. and after you start down the road don't hot-rod it till the trans get up to temp.
  5. ironmark

    ironmark Junior Member

    Sure you can, if you let the engine idle for around 5 minutes your oil temps should be over 100 degrees. The question is why warm up your bike at all, if you think about it the oil has already drained into the bikes oil pan for quite awhile so all the oil that could possibly drain from the top end of the engine is already in the oil pan. The oil may drain out slower but you have plenty of time to let it drip into the catch pan, starting the engine will just pump the oil back into the top end and then you have to wait for the top end to drain out again.
  6. PaPa T

    PaPa T Active Member

    It was always my belief that you were to warm it up to get all of the crude flowing to get it out. Makes sense what you say about it already being all drained into the lower pan.
  7. brownfoxx1

    brownfoxx1 Active Member

    just info. in the summer i use a box fan where i normally park the bike on the rt. side. after 10 min on hi. everything is cool to the touch. great idea if you can do this.
  8. dbmg

    dbmg Guest

    My thought is if just letting idle which is not recommended to do it the first place let alone say 5 minutes to achieve proper temp, what negative effects are created from doing that. My self I agree with Ironmark, for in 25 years I have never warmed or even rode bike for a oil change, for I agree it is all in the pan and running stirs debris through engine....
  9. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

    What debris? The oil filter catches everything down to 5 microns when it's running. IF there are chemicals and acids that separate, they'll still flush out. I've never really bought into the "hot oil" change thing, although I usually do it because it flows out marginally faster. Also, remove the oil fill cap so it gets air and flows smoother. Your opinion may vary. :)
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2012
  10. gusotto

    gusotto Junior Member

    You might get the engine oil warmed up but don't count on changing the tranny or primary oil because you haven't gone anywhere to get those fluids in motion.