How to Change Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad Oil

Nothing makes a cruiser’s motor run smoother than a crankcase full of clean engine oil. Changing the oil in a Kawasaki motorcycle only takes a handful of minutes.

Watch the video above and follow the steps below to change the engine oil in a Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad cruiser bike. 

Tools and Supplies – Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad Oil Change

  • Ratchet and extensions
  • 17mm socket
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Drain pan

Kawasaki 10W-40 engine oil

Kawasaki motorcycle oil filter

Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad Oil Change

Step 1. Run the engine for about 45 seconds to warm the oil, which makes the oil less viscous and helps it drain out faster. Remove the oil fill cap so the crankcase can vent, which also helps the oil drain faster.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 oil change

Step 2. Position a drain pan under the engine, and remove the 17mm drain bolt and crush washer from beneath the crankcase. Check the crush washer for wear and replace it if necessary.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad oil change

Step 3. Let the oil drain out, then reinstall the crush washer and drain bolt. Torque the bolt to 14 foot-pounds.

Step 4. Remove the old oil filter with a 65mm oil filter wrench. Apply a coat of oil to the rubber gasket on the new oil filter, then install the filter and torque it to 13 foot-pounds.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 oil filter

Step 5. Fill the engine with 3.3 quarts of 10W40 motorcycle oil, then reinstall the oil fill cap.

Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad oil change

Step 6. Run the engine on idle for about 15 seconds to distribute the oil within the engine, then shut it off and let it sit for 30 seconds so the oil can settle.

Step 7. Check the oil level through the sight glass on the lower right side of the engine. The oil should be between the halfway point and top part of the sight glass. Top off the oil if necessary and you’re done.

Kawasaki Nomad 1600 oil change service

The steps for changing the oil on a Kawasaki motorcycle are the same or similar across all models. However, if you want a more detailed look at changing the oil in a Vulcan, watch the video below to see our 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero oil change. 



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