Kawasaki Ninja Oil Change Guide

Changing the oil on your Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle is an important element in keeping the engine healthy and long-lasting. Make sure to check your owner's manual to find out the exact intervals for changing the oil on your model of Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle. In the meantime, using an oil change kit from Power Oil Center is an easy and convenient way to get everything you need. Our Kawasaki motorcycle oil change kit is for engine sizes 500cc to 1200cc.

Kawasaki Ninja Oil Change Guide

Note: The information below is intended as a general guide and is not written as an instructional manual for your specific motorcycle. As every motorcycle has its own unique design, you should always refer to your owner's manual before attempting maintenance or repair projects.

Let's take a look at how to do a Kawasaki Ninja oil change.

Step 1 - Gather Your Tools

You'll need a few things to get started, including a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle oil change kit from Power Oil Center. This kit includes several things that you need, including four quarts of SAE 10W-40 engine oil, one Kawasaki 16097-0008 oil filter, one crush washer, one funnel, and one oil change reminder sticker to make sure you know when your next change should be. Along with the supplies that come in your kit, you'll also need the following:

  • Rear stand to keep your bike upright
  • Oil drip tray to catch the old oil
  • 65/14 Oil Filter Tool
  • Ratchet in both 1/4" and 3/8" square drive sizes
  • One or two adjustable wrenches
  • Oil drain pan
  • 17mm and 8mm socket
  • 4mm Allen wrench
  • Threadlocker

Step 2 - Find the Oil Fill and Drain Bolts

The next step is to take your bike for a short trip of about five to 10 minutes. This makes the oil warm and agitated, which means all debris stays suspended in the oil and flows out more easily. Then you can put the bike up on a rear stand and position the oil drip tray beneath it. Look for the bolts you need to remove. Before you remove the bolts, make sure to protect the fairing tip with aluminum foil so it doesn't get splashed with hot oil.

Step 3 - Remove the Oil Drain and Oil Fill Bolts

Use your 17mm socket to remove the oil drain bolt, but make sure to remove the bottom drain bolt first before removing the fill bolt. This allows the oil to flow slower initially rather than gushing out. Avoid dropping the drain bolt in the hot oil and try not to lose the crush washer. After the oil flow has slowed down you can feel free to remove the oil fill bolt at the top to get the rest drained quickly.

Step 4 - Remove the Old Oil Filter and Prep the New One

Now that the oil is mostly out of your bike, you can remove the oil filter with the ratchet and oil filter removal tool. Make sure the oil pan is still in place as the old filter will release more oil. Get your new filter ready by filling it partially with new oil. Let the filter stand for a minute or two to absorb the oil. The purpose of this is to make sure that your oil filter isn't completely empty when you first start your engine. Use your finger to apply a thin layer of oil on the gasket so that it seals better. Install the replacement filter at this time and hand-tighten it. Don't use your tool to tighten it any further or you might have a hard time getting it off the next time you change the oil.

Step 5 - Replace the Oil Drain Bolt

Before you add new oil, you have to reinstall the oil drain bolt. This is where the new crush washer comes in that you get in your oil change kit from Power Oil Center. It's often not possible to reuse the original crush washer, but you can use it if it's workable. Otherwise, use the new one. Install both and tighten them as much as possible. If you happen to have a torque wrench, you can torque the original bolt to 22 pound-feet.

Step 6 - Fill the Oil and Check the Level

Now, you can add your new oil. Make sure to use the included funnel to add oil as there's no other easy way to do it. Don't pour all the oil in at once, but use about 90% of it and then stop to check the level. Add the rest of the oil and then confirm that the oil level is between the two visible marks and trending towards the top mark. Finally, reinstall the oil filler cap, and place your included reminder sticker somewhere visible on your bike.

Check your bike for leaks and take it for a quick ride to get everything lubricated. Check the bike after the ride to make sure everything is still good. And, you're done!

Rely on Power Oil Center for oil change kits for a range of different vehicles, including the Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle. A Kawasaki oil change kit comes with everything you need to change your oil at your leisure in your garage or driveway.

Kawasaki Ninja Oil Change Guide