How to Do a Kawasaki KLR650 Oil Change

An oil change should be at the top of your Kawasaki dirt bike's routine maintenance schedule. 

Changing the oil on a Kawasaki KLR 650 doesn’t require much time, nor expert mechanic skills, so don’t procrastinate on getting it done. Watch the video above and follow the steps below to get the oil changed on your Kawasaki dirt bike in a matter of minutes.

Tools and Parts Needed – Kawasaki KLR650 Oil Change


  • 3/8th ratchet
  • 18mm socket
  • 10mm socket
  • Torque wrench

Changing the Oil on a Kawasaki KLR650

Step 1. Run the engine for a couple of minutes to circulate the oil. 

PRO TIP: You don’t need to bring the engine all the way up to temperature, but circulating the oil a little will make it easier to drain.  

Step 2. Remove the fill cap located on the crankcase cover to make it easier to drain the engine oil. 

Kawasaki dirt bike oil change

Step 3. Find the drain bolt underneath the unit, and get a drain pan to catch the oil. 

NOTE: There’s a crush washer on the drain bolt. Make sure not to lose it as you remove the bolt. See our KLR650 crankcase diagram to get a better look at the drain bolt’s location under the engine (#92066). 

Kawasak KLX 650 oil drain

Step 4. Replace the drain bolt and its crush washer after the oil drains out, and torque the drain bolt to 21 foot-pounds.

Step 5. Use a 10mm socket to remove the two bolts that hold the oil filter cover in place. 

NOTE: The oil filter cover is located next to the fill cap. Inspect the O-ring on the cap that seals it to the crankcase, and buy a new oil filter cover O-ring if it’s damaged.  

Kawasaki KLX 650 dirt bike oil change

Step 6. Remove the oil filter and the dowel from the center of the filter. 

Kawasaki KLR 650 oil filter change

Kawasaki KLR 650 oil filter replacement

Step 7. Insert the dowel into the new oil filter, then install the filter into the engine with the grommet facing out. 

Kawasaki KLR 650 oil filter installation

Step 8. Replace the oil filter cap, and tighten down the two 10mm bolts holding it in place. 

NOTE: You don’t have to tighten the bolts too hard, just get them snug. 

Kawasaki dirt bike oil change

Step 9. Fill the engine with oil. 

NOTE: The KLR650 takes 2.6 quarts of 10W40 oil

Kawasaki KLR 650 oil change

Step 10. Replace the fill cap, then run the engine for a couple of minutes to circulate the oil. Next, check the sight glass to confirm that you have the proper amount of oil in the engine, and top off the oil if necessary.  

Kawasaki KLR650 oil change level

The steps for changing the oil on a Kawasaki dirt bike are the same or similar for all models. However, if you want an alternate take on a Kawasaki dirt bike oil change, watch the video below to see how to change the oil on a Kawasaki KLX 250







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