It's the same with scooters & cars, take them to a garage for a service and you're basically paying to have your oil changed and (with a car) your fluids topped up. To service a car costs approximately £100. A hundred pounds for half an hours work and a fivers worth of products.
Yup, when we took our car in they chargde us £70 cos we know the guy who owns the garage, (really helpful to have these sorta of friends) They gave us a new air filter, oil filter, replaced engine oil and antrifreeze oil, topped up brake fluid and topped up tyre pressure. I still think 70 is a bit pricey as you can go tescos and get all the filters and fluids for about £25
On my brand new Baotian BT50QT-9, the hand book says oil change at 300 km, then 1000 then the next two at 3000 and then at 6000. It also gives instructions for cleaning the air filter at every 2000 km. The downloadable workshop guide gives different times for the oil change and says to never clean the air filter but replace. Any views for this semi skilled newbie. R
Post by bikepartsonline on May 20, 2006 21:09:40 GMT
Paper air filters need replacing. Foam air filters need cleaning and reoiling.
10W/40 Gear oil is used in the Hubs of 99% of all auto scooters, this works out being L80W... dont use normal 80W as its too thick and will sap power from the final drive. Try to also use a Synthetic version to help them bearings survive!
Engine oil is a matter of choice... The better the oil, the better the engine will last and perform! I always try to stick with Fully Synthetic 5W/40 on anything 2000 or newer, you will find the engine runs smoother and the oil wont get as dirty as quickly.
I would change the oil from day one, the oil they come with is sometimes very nasty stuff, some ive seen has been like honey, others have been like water with the odd lump or two... For the cost of it, i would change it for something cheap... then change it as stated in the service book normally about 200 miles, use cheap stuff again, then do it again at 1000miles... but now use good oil and change it every 2000miles.
As for servicing and dealers charging lots and doing little?? If so take it elsewhere... they should also be lubing cables, stripping the brakes off and cleaning them, greasing caliper pistons and slides, valve clearances, air filter cleaning, painting the exhaust, copper slipping all the service bolts ie exhaust studs etc.. checking and greasing speedo drives, wheel bearings, checking drivebelt and rollers, cleaning the clutch of dust etc... brake fluid changes etc etc... theres loads of things to do... often the owner just doesnt notice!