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Old 01-14-2008, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How many of you change out the O-Rings for the filter cap and drain plug as the manual recommends?
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not me.. Wouldnt bother either. Maybe every year or so, or longer, or never :-)
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I inspect the orings if they show no signs of damage (cuts or nicks) I don't bother, now on my harley I replace the drain plug oring every change it always is scared up for some reason.
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Exactly. I would and do, keep one of each on hand, if it looks bad or they leak, I will throw one in. They should last and go along time before they would need replacing. Wipe them clean, put some fresh oil on them, and good to go. It wouldnt hurt to do it every time obviously, but is it necessary? No
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Thanks guys!
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I replace the drain plug o-ring and crush washer at every oil change.
I replace the oil filter cover o-rings every other oil change.
Cheap insurance, I say.

I've said it before Ultratec, I'm anal about certain things...
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I do it every other oil change. The o rings should not be compressed more than a couple times. You guys have wierd priorities. Spend away on mods and save $1 on a friggin O ring. The crush washers should never be reused. An oil leak in the woods sucks bad.


I save by only changing my oil filter every 1200 miles, oil at 600 miles.
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Anal is good, no doubt about that! Its also a good idea.. I just never had a leak in anyone of those locations to warrant an oring or crush washer replacement. Maybe I just have been lucky. It also includes my vehicles. If it did leak, it would just be tear drop hanging there, wouldnt empty the case and leave you stranded.

Like I said, anal is great, if your anal about that, than its awesome, wish I was, but I am not.

I am anal about things also, things that would probably make you think I was a wacko, and just so you know, but keep it a secrete, I am :-).
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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LOL I have International trucks that have over 150,000 miles on them with oil changes every 5000 miles on em with a oring on the drain plug that have never and I mean never been changed I do every change and only keep one on hand in case it falls off and goes down the oil tank which has happened once in 15 years. I have yet had one leak on me.
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Corndog, I agree with the vast majority of your thoughts and opinions. You're right, people *do* have weird priorities - spend hundreds on lift kits and monster truck tires, purchase every power-up part to make the Rinny stronger/faster, buy every accessory known to man... and skimp out on maintenance. Doesn't make sense to me. O-rings and crush washers are cheap to buy and they provide peace of mind. Peace of mind is priceless. Why not buy a dozen or so crush washers and a dozen or so of the various o-rings that seal things up on maintenance items? Maybe it's just me.

That said Corndog, I question your decision to replace the oil filter every other oil change. I just plain fail to see the logic in that decision. Yes, you're saving money by replacing the oil filter every other oil change, but that savings is short term. Believe me, in the long term, that decision could come back to haunt you and wipe out all those savings. In fact, it could end up costing you big time.

To be perfectly honest, given the choice between never replacing crush washers/o-rings and replacing the oil filter every other oil change, I recommend the former.
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