How to Change the Transmission Oil on a Harley Wide Glide

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Changing the oil in a Harley Wide Glide can help save on wear and tear on the engine, and can even improve the bike's performance. The Wide Glide is a comfortable and fun to ride motorcycle that can be used on long trips or just for throwing around in the turns. At times the transmission oil will need changed as the oil provides protection to the transmission internals by thinly coating surfaces that are prone to friction. Changing the oil in a Harley Wide Glide is simple and can quickly and easily be accomplished by any home mechanic.

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Things you need

  • Crescent wrenches
  • Catch pan
  • New transmission oil

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  1. 1

    Park the bike on level ground and locate the bottom of the oil pan, which is a rectangular metal portion of the engine normally located towards the front of the motorcycle's engine.

  2. 2

    Use an appropriately-sized crescent wrench to partially unscrew the drain plug in the oil pan. Slide a catch pan under the oil drain plug and carefully unscrew it the rest of the way.

  3. 3

    Allow all of the oil to drain out of the oil pan into the catch pan and screw the oil drain plug back in with the crescent wrench.

  4. 4

    Locate the Wide Glide's oil fill plug on the left side of the engine and pour the manufacturer recommended amount of transmission oil into the engine and then screw the cap back on tightly.

Tips and warnings

  • Dispose of the oil at a oil recycling centre or take it to a oil change location (such as Quick Lube Express) to get rid of the oil properly.

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