Checking the oil level on these new four-stroke Yamahas requires several specific steps to obtain an accurate reading. Failure to follow the proper procedure...

Checking the oil level on these new four-stroke Yamahas requires several specific steps to obtain an accurate reading. Failure to follow the proper procedure can result in a false low oil reading, which may in turn cause you to add oil when you don’t need it!

To properly check the oil, fully warm up the engine. This doesn’t mean just until the cold engine protection system lamp goes out, we’re talking about up to full operating temperature! Checking it earlier can result in an inaccurate reading!

With the sled warmed up, make sure it is sitting on a level surface. Remove the dipstick and wipe clean, then place back into the reservoir. Do NOT screw it back in, just set it into the threads.

Now for the part that screws up most people; the “E” mark does not indicate empty! There is sufficient oil in the tank when the level is at “E”. Do NOT top it off to the “F” mark, as this can result in overfilling! Ideally, it should be MIDWAY between the “F” and “E” marks on the dipstick, but anywhere between the “F” and “E” marks is perfectly acceptable.

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