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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-28-2011, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Oil Change

How do I change the oil in my 01 Recon? what other maintenence should I do?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-28-2011, 09:16 AM
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do you have a service manual for your recon? if so it will tell you step by step how to do it.
you will need a new oil filter, and oil obviously. i recommend honda GN4 10w40 oil. also clean and re-oil your air filter while your doing your maintenance
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I do not have a service manual
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You won't need an oil filter, because the Recon doesn't use an oil filter. First, start the ATV and let it warm up a little so the oil will drain good. Just let it get warm, not hot. Stop the engine and remove the oil fill/dipstick. Find the drain plug on the bottom of the engine. Remove the drain plug and sealing washer and let the oil drain into a suitable container. After the oil completely drains, reinstall the drain bolt and sealing washer. Do not over tighten or you may strip the threads on the bolt/drain hole. The drain bolt torques at 18 ft-lbs. Fill the crankcase with the proper oil. Make sure you use the proper oil as most automotive oils contain friction modifiers that will cause the clutch to start slipping. The recommended oil is Honda GN4 or HP4, 10W-40 or equivalent. You can use other brands, but make sure it's suitable for wet clutch applications. Don't use any oils that say "energy conserving" on the bottle. The Recon holds about 1.6 quarts of oil. Double check that you have reinstalled the drain plug. Put the oil in, put the oil fill cap/dipstick back in. Start the ATV and let it idle for 2 or 3 minutes. Stop the engine and let it sit for a minute and then check the oil level. Pull the dipstick out and wipe the oil off. Put the dipstick back in until the threads touch, but do not screw it in. The oil level should be at the upper mark on the dipstick. If not, add a little more oil until it's at the upper mark on the dipstick. Do not overfill. Check the oil drain plug again to make sure it's not leaking.

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An important thing to remember is the torque spec on the oil drain bolt. If you overtighten, you'll strip it, and if you don't tighten it enough. it will leak. I am used to cars, and the first time I changed the oil, I didn't tighten it enough. It leaked enough. I was worried about stripping the aluminum. Got my torque wrench out and tightened to 15 ft lbs. and it stopped leaking.

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