How to Change Yamaha YZFR3 Oil

Few motorcycle maintenance jobs are more essential to the health of your Yamaha motorcycle than an oil change. A few quarts of oil and a handful of tools is all you really need.

Watch the video above and follow the steps below to learn how to do an oil change on a Yamaha YZF R3 motorcycle.

Yamaha R3 motorcycle oil change

Tools and Supplies - 2020 Yamaha R3 Oil Change Service

  • 3/8th ratchet
  • Torque wrench
  • 17mm socket
  • Ratchet extension

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Changing the Oil on a Yamaha R3 Motorcycle

Step 1. Run the engine for a couple of minutes to heat the oil a little, which helps it thin it out and makes it easier to drain.

Step 2. Remove the fill cap to allow the crankcase to vent as the oil drains out. 

Yamaha YZF R3 oil change

Step 3. Locate the drain bolt underneath the unit and get a drain pan underneath it. Remove the drain bolt using a 17mm socket and let the oil drain out. 

Yamaha R3 oil change service

NOTE: There’s a crush washer (#15 in the YZF R3 oil pump diagram) behind the drain bolt. Replace it if it’s damaged or missing.

Yamaha YZF-R3 motorcycle oil change

Step 4. Replace the drain bolt and crush washer, and torque them to 15 foot-pounds. 

Yamaha R3 motorcycle oil change service

Step 5. Remove the old oil filter with a 65mm oil filter wrench.

Yamaha YZFR3 oil change filter

 Step 6. Install the new oil filter, then thread it into place snug without overtightening it. 

Yamaha YZF R3 motorcycle oil filter

NOTE: OEM Yamaha oil filters come with a little oil on the gasket to make it easier to remove the filter later. If you’re using an aftermarket filter, apply a little oil to the gasket.

Step 7. Fill the engine with 10W40 motorcycle oil. The YZF R3 takes about 2.2 quarts of oil. 

Yamaha YZF R3 oil change fill

NOTE: We used Yamalube brand 10W40 oil, but you can use whatever brand you want as long as it’s formulated for a wet clutch system.

Step 8. Replace the fill cap, then run the engine for a couple minutes to circulate the oil. Next, shut the engine off and let it sit for a few more minutes so the oil can settle again. This gives you the most accurate oil level reading. 

Yamaha YZF-R3 motorcycle oil change service

Step 9. Check the oil level at the sight glass near the bottom of the engine. The level should approach the upper level, which is an imagined line across the two notches near the top of the sight glass. Top off the oil if necessary and you’re done. 

Yamaha YZF-R3 oil change fill level

The steps for changing the oil in a YZF-R3 motorcycle are the same or similar for most Yamaha models. However, if you want to see an oil change done on an older model YZF, watch the video below to see how to change the oil in a 2014 Yamaha YZF-R1



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