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ATV: 2014 1000XT & 2009 7OO H1 SE
I did a search of this last night and a few members aren't giving out the correct info and this is probably a very important topic.
In my 07 manual for All Automatic Models (models in this manual are 400 auto and manual, 500 auto and manual, 650H1 650H1 TBX and 700efi is says "thread dipstick in to read oil level except the following models, 400/500/650H1". (400 & 500 models being suzook and 650H1 being a Cat)
So the theory that suzuki engines get threaded in and Cat engines do not, or vise versa, isn't a straight across the board answer.
Next is the 09 manual for my 700 H1 and the 550H1, it states to thread in the dipstick to check oil. The 09 700/550 H1 being a Cat engines.
The best thing to do is get the correct info for your model and use a permanent marker to write it on your quad somewhere. i.e on the inside of a panel or under the seat. It's listed in your owners manual. Dont have an owners manual? Just have someone on A/Chat look into their manual as long as it's the same year or buy one, they are pretty cheap. Owner's manuals cover most every model for that particular year. Some manuals are confusing. The 09 manual for the H1 700 is typed out very clearly, so Cat must be is listening.
From what I have read, some dealers are giving out the wrong info.
Different year 650's take different amounts of oil and most likely use both methods of threading or not. Also the V2-650 takes a different amount of oil compared to the H1 and I'm really not sure which method is used to check that engine.
Get the right info for your YEAR and MODEL.
Over filling can be as destructive as under filling. Over filling can cause the crank to slap the oil,(not good), and oil to foam up which leads to air in the oiling system (not good).
Some manuals say to start engine and run it for a while then check oil level.
You spent a lot of your money on your machine, your engine oil level is probably the most important "thing" to get right.
I personally have to read it myself before changing my oil, so last night I got out the manuals. Both the 07 700 (suzook) and the 09 700 Cat are both threaded in to check oil level. They both take different oil amounts though.
I'll take some pictures of the manuals and post them here..............tigger
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