Originally Posted by wstalker
I know this is going to sound crazy...oh well. I have a new 07 lt with about 430 miles on it before it was put away for the winter. I purchased bosch filters o-rings and crush washers from beemerboneyard. I'm waiting for my Clymer manual and my maintenance manual that came with the bike says nothing of changing the oil. I would like to change before starting as it has sat for about four months. Anyone guide me through the process.
It is usually better to drain the oil while it is still pretty hot after running the engine. However, this is only to allow the oil to drain down better. Since yours has been sitting for some time, the only cold oil that will be left is on the sides of the crankcase.
Easiest way to drain it is to loosen two of the three screws holding the oil filter cover a few turns, then with a large pan under it loosen the third screw "slowly" until the oil is draining well. The first time I did this, I loosened the third screw too fast and a sheet of oil overshot the drain pan, and onto the floor!
There is no need to use the oil drain plug, as you have to remove the cover to get to the filter anyway.
One tip: When draining any engine, transmission, etc., be SURE you have at least loosened the fill plug first! That is just insurance that once the oil is drained you will not have a stuck fill plug and cannot put oil back in! Not so much an issue with the LT engine oil, but a couple people have had problems getting the fill plug out without breaking it. Not normal though. It is far more a problem with metal fill plugs on some vehicles, threads galled, or corroded so badly that the fill plug cannot be removed. Good to know you have that problem to tackle BEFORE draining the oil.
Take your new filter to a auto parts supply to get a THIN filter wrench to fit it if you do not already have one. The hole you have to put the wrench through is not a whole lot larger than the filter, so a thick sided wrench will not fit through.