Whether you like it or not, Facebook has some uses. In a Facebook group I’m a part of, people asked whether you could use car engine oil in a motorcycle. It kicks off the never-ending rants of Facebook experts who offer responses ranging from “It’ll be fine, it’s only a drop” to “No.” Brilliant comedy, but does it really work, and can you use
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Regrettably, not all oils are made equal. As you wouldn’t pour gallons of olive oil into the filler, you also wouldn’t fry bacon in ATF oil. Despite the fact that they are all oils, each one differs in chemical composition, thickness, and properties.
I need engine oil, but why?
Oil has long been employed as a lubricant. The first people to use it were the ancient Greeks and Romans, who used olive oil to lather up before bed. In addition, oils helped move heavy objects like large stones, and animal fats were used to grease chariot axles. Up until the first oil well was successfully drilled in 1859, all lubricants were made of animal and plant-based oils. Oil change on a motorcycle
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Since then, various levels of refinement and additives have been used to successfully create lubricants from raw oil. These additives can do many things, like make lubricants last longer, reduce friction even more, or make it easier for lubricants to stick to surfaces.
Can I use motorcycle oil in a car?
A lubricant is used in numerous ways inside an engine. Oil lessens friction, but it can also serve as a cooling agent by wicking away heat. It becomes challenging with motorcycles. In order to achieve the least amount of friction, car oil contains additives. As a result, wear is decreased and MPG is increased.
The majority of motorcycles employ a wet clutch system, which cools the clutch using engine oil. Oil plays a significant role in the feel and effectiveness of the clutch in addition to cooling it.
When the wrong oil is used, the clutch plates can slip excessively, reducing the transmission of power. Anti-friction additives found in car engine oil will make a motorcycle clutch slip. It would be different if the clutch and engine drew from separate sources, but regrettably they share the same system, necessitating the use of a motorcycle-specific oil.
Which is superior mineral oil or synthetic oil?
Again, not every oil is created equally. Even using different grades and types for various intervals or purposes is possible on occasion. Just so perplexing! One engine may suggest one oil for initial running and a different oil for after the engine has been broken in. In the age-old debate between synthetic and mineral oils, even the middle ground of semi-synthetic is still up for debate.
Mineral versus synthetic oil
For an Indian motorcycle, mineral oil versus synthetic oil
You can imagine that synthetic oils are man-made. As a result, consistency, quality, and purity are guaranteed, free from any artificial or natural contaminants. Mineral oils are organic because they come from the earth and have been cleaned, but they may still have traces of pollution.
Despite this potential contamination, mineral oil occasionally serves as the foundation for synthetic formula oils. This usually isn’t a problem because it takes time and care to remove contaminants when making synthetic oils, which can be thorough.
How valuable is mineral oil?
Mineral oils frequently cost up to a third less than their synthetic counterparts in comparison to market prices. The majority of bike manufacturers ship new bikes with mineral oil (no, they are not being cheap). Mineral oil has the ability to assist in engine operation.
Mineral oils, which don’t have as many additives as synthetic oils, can help the rings settle into the bores and can also be used to gently wear down other surfaces. Smaller metal particles may come off components more easily with mineral oil than with synthetic, but the mineral oil can also catch them. This can be changed for synthetic oil after the run-in period.
According to the manufacturer’s recommendations, should I change my oil?
Naturally, you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for road bikes. These typically provide a certain mileage, typically between 8 and 15 thousand miles, OR twelve months in the future, whichever comes first.
Service intervals will be much shorter if you own a track bike some experts recommend doing it every two or three track days. Of course, how many sessions or hours you spend on the track and how hard you push yourself will determine this.
Do I have to use the oils the manufacturer suggests?
While some bike makers work with technical partners to supply parts, the same thing also occurs with oils. Yamaha is supplied by Yamalube, Suzuki is supplied by Ecstar, and Honda even has its own oil line. However, as long as the manufacturer’s specifications are met, the brand is a matter of personal preference.
What causes engine oil to turn dark?
When using Motul 300V, it starts out clear and colored (gold, red, or even green), but it quickly turns black or at least significantly darker. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it shows that the oil’s cleaning agents are effectively cleaning the engine.
The oil’s sole function is to transport the debris and contaminants to the filter, where they will, ideally, be filtered out and stored. The filter needs to be changed for this reason above all others.
Clean versus unclean engine oil Which is which, you say?
The contaminants picked up by the oil range from tiny metallic particles worn down by the engine to heat-damaged oil that has come into contact with hot components and hardened to clutch friction material from the clutch baths. Some additives will react better to heat than others, and the heat cycles of the engine will cause the oil to “cook” and get darker on its own.
How can I determine which oil I need?
The owners manual will contain a list of oil specifications and the amount required for an oil change. When the market needs a different grade of oil, for instance, an Asian market with hotter summers needs a different grade of oil than a country with cooler summers. Checking is definitely worthwhile. If a warranty claim is made and the incorrect oil is used, it might be rejected, leaving you responsible.
I have personally always used Castrol’s oil checker tool because it is useful for letting you know the grade and quantity required for a service.
When grading oil, two numbers are separated by a “W,” as in 10W40 or 15w30. The first number indicates the viscosity at a low ambient temperature, and the second number indicates the viscosity at a high ambient temperature. The thicker the oil is at those temperatures, the higher the numbers.