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Old 10-06-2009, 08:34 AM
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Cool When to check your OIL!

Got the rhino back from the shop, 1st thing I did was check the oil. The Oil level was high to say he least, all the way up to the bottom of the threads.
I mentioned this to the mechanic, he stated start it first, then re-check it.

Ok so I did this, ran it for about 30-45 seconds. Now I check the oil & its not even on the stick, wait about 2-3 minutes & its half way up the full mark, after 5 minutes it shows over full??!!

My question is when the right time to check the oil, I've serviced my own motor & never remember it being this high, but the manual isn't clear except for the amount it should hold. I just had a big bore kit installed, & just want to make sure everything is right before I run it. I would think the shop would know best, but I'm wondering about this.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:44 AM
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the only time i check mine is before i go on a ride.

it probably takes a while for all the oil to drain back down into the crankcase after it has been started, which would give you an inaccurate reading.
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:00 AM
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On mine, the dip stick only gets inserted to check the level never screwed in. It hasn't made much a difference when I checked it. Not like yours.
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Ive noticed that too, and to make it worse, a thicker oil (I run 20W50 in the summer), will take longer to drain back down too.

I think the manual said to run it and then wait 10 minutes, then check it.

But I have to double check.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:13 AM
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Quote: Originally Posted by western196611 View Post
...the dip stick only gets inserted to check the level never screwed in...
x2 - as per the service manual.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:02 AM
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X3 check oil often in a rhino. low oil is a bad thing for these little motors.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:27 PM
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Quote: Originally Posted by WildEarp View Post
Ive noticed that too, and to make it worse, a thicker oil (I run 20W50 in the summer), will take longer to drain back down too.

I think the manual said to run it and then wait 10 minutes, then check it.

But I have to double check.
you are correct sir!!!let the engine warm up,turn it off and wait 10 min for oil to settle and you will get a correct reading.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:34 PM
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i just change it every dune trip or after 3-4 days of local riding. oil is a cheap insurance plan.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:59 PM
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Come on guys! half of you didnt even read his question..
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make sure u only set the dip stick in there dont screw it in...

i would allways check it when it has been sitting for atleast 10 minutes or more so all the oil gets to the bottom ...
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:42 PM
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I haven't been screwing the stick in, you can actually see the oil up to the threads in the crankcase. I think they over filled it.

Probably best to drain & fill, see where its at.
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:04 PM
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Check the oil level on a cold engine, and don't screw in the cap to check the level.

If you've just run your motor, wait at least 10 minutes to check the oil.

If you've just changed the oil/oil filter. Let the engine idle for several minutes to circulate. Then wait at least 10 minutes to check the oil level.

Per service manual.......
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if you change it frequently enough you never even need to check it. LOL
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:47 PM
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yeah, i learned the hard way on that one. Got it back from service, drove it 3 miles, seized the rod. The shop i took it to forgot to put oil in it. So for now on, ill do all my own work.
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i know a guy with a rzr that just overfilled and ran it.....blowing smoke now.don't run it if you're not sure.sounds like you're really doubting what the mechanic did.personally,i'd go ahead and drop the oil and re-do it myself.you have too much invested in the new bore to chance it.whats $30 for some oil compared to the thousands you spent on the motor work?
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