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Old 22 Sep 2008
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Oil change quantity for 3AJ Tenere?

Hi all,

Can anyone tell me how much oil I should be putting in my 3AJ Tenere after an oil & filter change?

My notes tell me that my previous 3AJ took 3.0 litres and I don't remember ever having a problem with over filling it an the many times I changed the oil. I have now replaced that bike with a later 3AJ, one with silver engine & longer oil cooler and 2.8 liters appears to over fill it. I know that I have to pour some of the oil in once the engine has started, and that I need to ride for about 10 miles before checking the level.

With 2.8 L in it, after 10 miles the oil is full to the bottom of the oil tank filler neck and I suspect oil is flowing through the oil tank breather hose into the air box, leaking out from the hoses to he carbs and making a right mess.

Someone kindly posted a owners hand book on this site some time ago, and it stated 2.0L, but I am sure that that cannot be right. My wife's XT600E (plus aftermarket oil cooler) takes 2.8L.

Any other 3AJ owners know for sure?


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Hej Mark,

this is taken from the original Yamaha 3AJ workshop manual:

Oil change: 1,9 liter
Oil change with filter change: 2,00 liter

Volume oil tank: 1,7 liter

engine oil total: 2,4 liter

The "oil in frame" models take more oil, sometimes up to 3 liters - just my experience.
My 3AJ works fine with the recommended 2,0 liters - sometimes I take off and clean the oil tank - than it may be a little more.

hope this helps

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yep. As above. 2,4 litres if you do an engine rebuild.
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Thanks for your replies guys, and for not rubbing in how stupid i've been.

I will be removing the extra from the oil tank with a syringe and tubing

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A very common mistake some guys (including me) have done/do quite often:

- When changing the oill, before you check the level of the freshly poured oil you should ride the bike. I don`t know how to say it in english ... Conclusion - ridden loaded (with the rider).
You can let it warm for 10 minutes at idle speed or even accelerated from time to time, but it won`t give you the right answer.
The oil will flow corectly all over the system only while riding.
No riding = oil not reaching to the oil box under the side plastic = you got scared = you put more oil = not good.
After 1km check the oil again and complete if necessary.

Sorry for my English.
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