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I have run into a problem with my 01 800 classic. I changed the oil today, put on a new filter(mobil 1 110) fresh oil (3 quarts 20-50 valvoline) and when I started it up the oil and temp lights are on and won't go off. I got my wife to sit on it and lean it up after the first startup and the oil level was right in the middle in the sight glass. Now, if I lean it up and look I can't see any change. What is wrong? Thanks in advance for the replies.
 

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Air pocket in the oil pump. First try opening the oil filler cap. If that does not work, try unscrewing the filter just a touch (quickly, or oil will make a mess, make sure you have a catch pan under it) and re-tighten.
 

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20w50 is too heavy for a 800, it's not an air-cooled H-D. I'd run 10w40 or 15w40 (rotella) is what I use.
 

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Like Mcwrath said, pump is air bound. Loosen filter a turn or two loose, crank engine for just a second, turn off it it starts, then tighten filter.
 

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Took filter completely off and no oil in it!!! What has happened? Loosened it a bit and cranked and noticed nothing was coming out.
 

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Fixed it! Got the wrong oil filter and the pump wouldn't pump through it! I guess I need to get a vulcan specific oil filter. Live and learn! Thanks youuns for your help! That's why I love this forum.
 

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Fixed it! Got the wrong oil filter and the pump wouldn't pump through it! I guess I need to get a vulcan specific oil filter. Live and learn! Thanks youuns for your help! That's why I love this forum.
I would also heed the advice from Cosmicclassic about 20w50. It's far too heavy for that bike and most bikes for that matter. You'll notice it when you shift also.
 

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I was checking on oil changing posts and found that a Mobil 1 110 would fit. Yeah, it fit but for some reason won't flow oil.
 

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It really doesn't matter. The point is I learned something today about the oil pump and something it is capable of even if it wasn't my problem. If something similar like this happens again I have something else to check. Thanks for all the quick responses!
 

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That filter shouldn't be a problem. I've never airlocked an oil pump during an oil change and am wondering what people are doing to accomplish it.
 

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I also agree with running 10w40 oil in that size of a bike. The 20 is suited more for hot climates. You live in Kentucky not Arizona.
 

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20W-50 will be fine as long as you don't ride below 32 degrees I believe.
 

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I had planned on doing a quick change anyway because I don't know what oil had been used previously. Thanks for the tips guys!
 
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