How to Change the Oil Filter on a YZ250F

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The Yamaha YZ250F is a popular dirt bike, designed to go off-road. These motorcycles need maintenance like any other vehicle, and it needs to be done on a regular basis to ensure that the motor runs properly. Changing the oil filter should be done frequently, typically every three to five hours of run time, to ensure that the engine is always circulating clean oil. It's not very difficult to do and can be done at home in the garage.

Things You'll Need

  • Drain pan
  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Replacement oil filter element
  • Shop rags
  • Quart of 15W50 motorcycle-specific oil
  • Place a drain pan underneath the right side of the motorcycle, underneath the crankcase. Locate the oil filter cover on the right side of the crankcase, indicated by three bolts in a triangular shape holding the housing to the crankcase. Unbolt this cover using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then pull off the cover and allow any excess oil to drain into the pan.

  • Remove the oil filter from the housing. There are a pair of blue gaskets on the oil filter, one on each side of the filter. Make sure these come out of the housing and, if not, remove them using the flat head screwdriver.

  • Clean the oil filter housing on the crankcase using a shop rag until you can see the metal of the housing with no surrounding oil. Pour a little bit of new motorcycle oil onto the blue gaskets included with the replacement filter then stick them onto either side of the filter.

  • Install the replacement filter into the crankcase. Install the oil filter cover onto the oil filter and bolt it in place using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Add any oil you may need to the oil fill cap at the top of the frame, just behind the handlebars.

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