How to Do a Yamaha Grizzly 700 Oil Change

Oil changes come with the territory of ATV ownership, and you can save money on this basic maintenance task by doing them yourself on your Yamaha Grizzly.

With just a handful of tools and basic mechanic skills, these simple steps will help you pull off a YFM700 oil and filter change. Follow the step-by-step walkthrough below and watch the video above to change the oil on a YFM 700. Use our Grizzly 700 oil pump parts diagram for additional reference. 

Tools and Parts Needed – Yamaha Grizzly YFM700 Oil Change

Tools

2007 Yamaha Grizzly 700 Oil Change

PRO TIP: Before you begin with the oil and filter change, start up the engine and let it idle for a few minutes to warm up the oil. This makes it easier to drain. 

Step 1. Pull off the side cover to access and remove the dipstick. 

Yamaha Grizzly 700 oil change

Yamaha Grizzly YFM700 oil change

Step 2. Reach under the bottom of the machine to find and remove the 17mm bolt drain bolt.  

Yamaha YFM700 oil change

Yamaha YFM700 Grizzly oil change

Step 3. Drain the oil completely out of the machine into an oil drain pan.  

Yamaha Grizzly 700 oil drain

Step 4. Replace the drain bolt. Make sure the beveled edge of the gasket or crush washer is facing the front of the bolt (flat side down) when placing it. Once the gasket and drain bolt are back on the machine, torque the drain bolt to 22 foot-pounds.

NOTE: Before putting the drain bolt back in, check to make sure the crush washer or gasket for the bolt isn’t flattened, which is an indicator that it’s worn out and needs to be replaced. If the crush washer or gasket is worn out, we recommend removing it and replacing it with a new gasket.

Yamaha Grizzly oil drain bolt gasket

Yamaha Grizzly 700 oil change drain bolt

Yamaha YFM700 Grizzly oil and filter change

Step 5. Use an extension and a 65mm oil filter wrench to remove the oil filter. 

PRO TIP: If you don’t mind going the extra mile, remove the skid plates first to avoid getting oil on them. Otherwise, you can leave them on to save some time, and then use contact cleaner to remove any excess oil off them after the job is done.  

Yamaha YFM700 oil filter change

Yamaha Grizzly 700 oil refill

Step 6. Add a little bit of oil to the O-ring on the new oil filter before installing it to make it easier to remove next time. Use your oil filter wrench and extension to get the new oil filter in place by reversing the process of how you removed it, and then torqueing it to 12 foot-pounds.

Yamaha Grizzly ATV oil change

Yamaha Grizzly 700 new oil filter

Step 7. Refill the oil tank with Yamalube 10W-40 oil using the specifications provided by Yamaha, which is 2.2 quarts of oil. 

PRO TIP: Add 2 quarts of oil first, then let your machine run for a minute with the dipstick on to circulate the oil. Next, shut your machine off and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Yamaha ATV motor oil

Step 8. Remove and check the dipstick to see how much (if any) additional oil is needed to set the final level. If the dipstick shows you have enough oil in the machine, replace the plastic cover and the oil change is done! 

Yamaha YFM700 Grizzly oil change dipstick

It’s recommended scheduling an oil change on a Yamaha Grizzly 700 every 3,200 miles or once a year. However, if you run your machine harder than normal, we recommend changing the oil and filter every 6 months or 2,500 miles.

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