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How important is "burping" the oil drain tube after doing an oil change? I've heard various opinions.
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The manual says to do it to prevent cavitating the oil pump which I don't see how that can happen since the oil pump is not a diaphragm pump. I do it. Whether or not it actually helps or prevents anything from happening I doubt it. I have heard people who don't even fill there oil filters up and have had no problems.
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Only takes a few minutes, don't lose but a tad of oil. ..my manual calls for it, so I've always done it. ..and I've always put some oil in the filter...maybe I'm a blind sheep...
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Try this the next time you change your oil. Drain oil and change filter. Replace drain plug and re-fill oil tank with oil. Let it sit over night to see if air in the line floats up to the top. Then remove drain plug. If air comes out, you should burp it. If oil comes out, no need to burp it. Let us know what happens.

I have never burped my 2006. I have added oil without putting the drain plug back, but that is a different issue.
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I never have done it and have 168,000 miles on my Sporty.
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I never have done it and have 168,000 miles on my Sporty.
you've never burped the oil drain in 168000 miles but last month you broke a shock mount......coincidence?? I don't think so....Homey don't play that

in the last ten years I've put 100,000 on my '91 and haven't burped it yet but before then, I never did

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you've never burped the oil drain in 168000 miles but last month you broke a shock mount......coincidence?? I don't think so....Homey don't play that

in the last ten years I've put 100,000 on my '91 and haven't burped it yet but before then, I never did

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The oil is expensive.

I want every last drop out of the quarts of oil, so each quart drains for 10 minutes.



I figure that by the time the oil is in the tank, any air bubble would be long gone............
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Only takes a few minutes, don't lose but a tad of oil. ..my manual calls for it, so I've always done it. ..and I've always put some oil in the filter...maybe I'm a blind sheep...
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I do the same.

I follow the service manual (everyone should own one) and figure the engineers should know what they are talking about.
Adding oil to the filter also helps.
Do it before you start and you'll see that oil sucked into the filter before you get ready to install the filter.
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Per Service manual.....
Remove Corbin clamp and drain hose from rear muffler mount lug. Allow a small amount of oil to flow from hose before reconnection. This action removes air from the drain hose and prevents the possibility of oil pump cavitation.


They didn't add that info because they had room in the SM. Must be a reason.
It doesn't take much added time.
My hose doesn't have the clamp tightened after I add the oil. Just pushed into place. Just takes a second to pull the hose off and watch the small amount of oil flow. It doesn't need anymore than a dribble.
Then I tighten the clamp.
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n the last ten years I've put 100,000 on my '91 and haven't burped it yet but before then, I never did
I think the 1991 does not have the same drain line design as others have on newer bikes. My FSM mentions loosening the outlet line from the pump to filter in case of loss of prime, but I've never had an issue in 25 years.

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