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    Rally Rat THREEFLYS's Avatar
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    Newbie error!

    Well, I had my first BMW newbie mistake! I thought I would change my oil for the big Fungal ride coming up, so I set out to do it. I glanced through the tech manual, it's only an oil change for pete's sake how hard can it be?? Well, I took the oil filter cover off first, BEFORE the drain plug. I can't say why I did this, only that I looked at the pictures in the manual and it showed the filter all nice and DRY! I thought "I guess it's just a protective cover for the oil filter", I never guessed it was part of the oil pan!
    Well, I did manage to catch about half the oil in the drain pan and the rest was all over my garage floor! A whole roll of shop towels and half a thing of kitty litter later and I was all cleaned up. Thankfully putting the new oil back IN was uneventful. I THINK I'll remember the correct sequence next time.
    Chris

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    25-MPH NEXT 1OO MILES PacWestGS's Avatar
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    Wisdom

    No one was born with wisdom. We earn it through the mistakes we make. Kinda makes ya feel like sometimes but then ya have funny stories to share with others. Have fun on the ride.

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    Gonna take the bikeout today for a shakedown ride, I should be good to go!
    Chris

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    At least your manual shows you how to change your oil.

    I personally have been making mistakes all my life, I don't plan on stopping now.
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    We all do thingies in life. It's part of life and it wouldn't be fun if we were all perfect.
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    You got off easy, in my house the sequence is as follows. Spill occurs, dog immediately walks through it and takes off running. Play time !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motard
    You got off easy, in my house the sequence is as follows. Spill occurs, dog immediately walks through it and takes off running. Play time !!

    Motard
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    Can't Grow It?? Mow it!! bullit7801's Avatar
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    Angry Oil CHANGE

    Never did this on a BMW, but....

    One of my first oil changes on an old Honda, many years ago. As I was filling the oil, I noticed that it was coming out as fast as I was putting it in!!! Forgot to replace the drain plug. I was lucky, tho. The drain pan was still under the bike. Only wasted about a half a quart.

    We all do it. MOST of us only do it once.

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    My oil changes on the bike have gone smoothly. The first time I changed the oil in my lawnmower, though. Hoo boy. There's not much oil in there, but it's kinda tough to get it out cleanly.
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