topping up the oil
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:20 am quote
Just noticed that my lx150 was low on oil.

How do I "top it off/up"

Do I use 5w-40?

Thanks
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:45 am quote
After much searching I could only find that I was right about what kind of oil to use.

I know I'm about 1 notch below being trainably retarded but I'm not sure where exactly to add oil at.

The owners manual says take it to a trained piaggio blah blah blah.

Just the tinniest bit of direction would be greatly appreciated.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:48 am quote
Yes, any synthetic 5w-40 motor oil will do fine. Mobil-1 is readily available anywhere, at about $6 a quart. There are less-expense synthetic oils available also. Take your pick.

You measure the oil level by screwing-in the dipstick, and then checking that the oil level is between the dipstick's minimum and maximum marks. It's okay to check the oil level, while the scooter is on level ground, resting on the center-stand.

Just in case...
The dipstick is located on the left-side of the engine, just in front of the kickstand. It's that black plastic screw-off knob. Don't be afraid to respond, if you have any other questions about this. Sorry you had to wait a little bit, I've been preoccupied lately.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:06 pm quote
Thanks.

Do I add the oil into the same place I check it at? I know where the dipstick is my problem is finding where to add the oil at.

I really apreciate the respose as I'm sure you have more important things to do.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:10 pm quote
Yes, you add oil via the dipstick hole. Add just a very little at a time, because the engine only takes 1.1 quart total. You might need an oz or two.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:15 pm quote
Thanks I never would have attepted to add oil there...guess I was operating on car logic...or nonlogic.

Any tips on how to measure it out while I'm badgering you with dumb questions
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:21 pm quote
I use a measuring cup from the kitchen. It's nice, because it's graduated in ounces and it has a pour spout.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:24 pm quote
Thanks again
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:36 pm quote
Just remember Tippytop, there is no such thing as a dumb question. Bear.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:35 pm quote
you might look in your owners manual if you have it. the gts manaul tells you how much oil is needed to fill from the lower mark to the high mark of the dip stick. might help take out some of the guess work.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:18 pm quote
Yeah I'm pretty sure it gave me all the info I needed except for where to put more in at :? Go figure. Good thing I have this forum
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:58 pm quote
tippytop wrote:
Yeah I'm pretty sure it gave me all the info I needed except for where to put more in at :? Go figure. Good thing I have this forum
yes, there is tons of great info with this group!
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:25 pm quote
addicted wrote:
I use a measuring cup from the kitchen. It's nice, because it's graduated in ounces and it has a pour spout.
Remind me not to eat at Gary's! :?
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 7:24 pm quote
addicted wrote:
I use a measuring cup from the kitchen. It's nice, because it's graduated in ounces and it has a pour spout.
Even though my wife is a gearhead and has her own scooter and understands the need for routine maintainance, she have my nuts in a vise if I used a measuring cup from the kitchen.
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Remind me not to eat at Gary's! :?
I'd eat at Gary's, for the company of course, but I'd bring my own burgers.
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Sun Apr 09, 2006 3:22 am quote
Any suggestions on how to talk the lady into letting me use a measuring cup?
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Sun Apr 09, 2006 4:19 am quote
tippytop wrote:
Any suggestions on how to talk the lady into letting me use a measuring cup?
That's the fun part, for you and her. Be creative.
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Sun Apr 09, 2006 6:51 am quote
Some of the garden products such as weed-be-gone and roundup have really nice measuring cups with very practical pouring spouts. Your local garden center might have a few extra laying around. (keeps the weeds out of my motor too ). Anther place is the local vet they have small measuring cups too, if you don't mind pet food ads. (Now can anybody answer me why dogs and cats keep chasing my scooter down the road? )
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Sun Apr 09, 2006 6:53 am quote
Oh and I forgot Liquid laundry detergent caps are perfect too!
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