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I just got a 2008 tw200 and thought that I should do an oil change. I'm not sure what type of oil was in it when I bought it, but I put in 10w-40. Now there is a tapping sound when the bike is idling. I just want to make sure that I didn't do something wrong with the oil change. The oil level looks good and when I unscrewed the bolt referenced in the "How to change your own oil" post, oil did leak out. Should oil just kinda leak out slowly or should I see a good flow? Does this sound ok, or do I have a big problem. Thanks
 

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A tapping sound that wasn't there before the oil change would concern me. At first I was thinking that you might have gotten one of the wrong oil filters, but if you have oil flowing to the head that probably isn't the case.



Oil leaking out slowly is what I get from the bolt.



Hopefully someone who knows what they are doing (instead of me who doesn't) will come along with some ideas.
 

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No. The filter is in with the slots and holes side in first, and I don't see oil leaking anywhere. I here the sound when it's idling, but it seems to go away when I give it a little gas.
 

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Tapping is normal with these bikes. Different types of do different things to our bikes. The ticking will probably go away. Mine ticked for the first 500 miles or so but quit after an oil change.
 

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Not knowing the oil type that was in it may be the answer... What if they had 20/50w ?????? Well ride it for a while and keep an eye (ear) out for something worse.. It may take a few miles for the motor to get use to the new oil........... Is the new oil for cycle use, not just car oil???? Semi-syn/full syn, or dino oil..... Good luck. OMM.
 

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I've been watching this thread with some interest. I don't have a specific answer for the OP, but I will say using cheap oil (the Car Quest labeled brand, for example) in the Jeep 4.0 will give me intermittent tappit noise that eventually goes away after a change to good oil. Perhaps this is the case, or as was mentioned, the previous owner had a thicker oil in there. I hope it's something as simple as that or maybe it's due for a valve adjustment?
 

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Not knowing the oil type that was in it may be the answer... What if they had 20/50w ?????? Well ride it for a while and keep an eye (ear) out for something worse.. It may take a few miles for the motor to get use to the new oil........... Is the new oil for cycle use, not just car oil???? Semi-syn/full syn, or dino oil..... Good luck. OMM.


Yeah, I'd make sure that the 10w40 you used was motorcycle specific (JASO-MA label).



From recent experience, I found I had huge improvement in engine noise and shifting when I changed to Yamaha Semi Synth.

While these engines are noisy, I'd be concerned if its this noticeably worse after an oil change.

It'd be worth the $11-16 of swapping out for a higher quality oil and seeing if that remedies the problem, rather than running on it for the next 4k miles and finding you've damaged the engine...
 

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Yeah, I'd make sure that the 10w40 you used was motorcycle specific (JASO-MA label).



From recent experience, I found I had huge improvement in engine noise and shifting when I changed to Yamaha Semi Synth.

While these engines are noisy, I'd be concerned if its this noticeably worse after an oil change.

It'd be worth the $11-16 of swapping out for a higher quality oil and seeing if that remedies the problem, rather than running on it for the next 4k miles and finding you've damaged the engine...
 

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I used Yamalube, that I got from the dealer. I removed some oil because after a second look it seemed like there was too much oil in the bike. It still makes the tapping sound, but only when its in a low idle. As soon as I pull the choke out a little the tapping stops.
 

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If you drained the old oil and put in the one quart of Yamalube it seems as though it would be hard to be overfull.



When you pull the choke out does the bike rev up a bit? If so, try screwing the idle screw until the bike idles up a bit. You have to be at a certain rev point or beyond to get lube up to the top.



Check the oil level again?
 

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I put around 400 miles on my 2008 a few weeks ago over 3 days on a camping trip. The last 50 miles home i ran it pretty hard to get home trying to outrun a t-storm. When i got home the valves were ticking pretty bad but after it cooled down it sounded fine. I haven't changed my oil lately but i probably will soon. These motors are very durable and that last trip proved it to me.
 

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I just got a 2008 tw200 and thought that I should do an oil change. I'm not sure what type of oil was in it when I bought it, but I put in 10w-40. Now there is a tapping sound when the bike is idling. I just want to make sure that I didn't do something wrong with the oil change. The oil level looks good and when I unscrewed the bolt referenced in the "How to change your own oil" post, oil did leak out. Should oil just kinda leak out slowly or should I see a good flow? Does this sound ok, or do I have a big problem. Thanks




2006 has always done that. With non-synthetic oil for break-in and mobile t-4 racing full synthetic after break-in. It gets a little louder at a certain rpm when idling. a little gas and it goes away. My valves are good. Is it possible you were scrutinizing for something post oil change and just never noticed it prior? I did notice when I adjustd my idle, the tapping intensity was affected.



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2006 has always done that. With non-synthetic oil for break-in and mobile t-4 racing full synthetic after break-in. It gets a little louder at a certain rpm when idling. a little gas and it goes away. My valves are good. Is it possible you were scrutinizing for something post oil change and just never noticed it prior? I did notice when I adjustd my idle, the tapping intensity was affected.



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My dealers shop manager says that Yamaha won't tell them what the brand of break-in oil they send for use in the T-Dub. He suspected it was Mobil One 4T but he couldn't be sure about that. He's pretty sure it's not Yamalube because he could not imagine Yamaha keeping that a secret from the shop. I have no idea if he's blowing smoke - just saying . . .
 

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Thanks for all of the info. I took it into the shop, they checked it out and adjusted the valves. It sounds just fine now.
 

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Valves... Thanks for letting us know.
 

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I just bought a 2013 TW and I have recently noticed a tapping sound as well. Could it really need a valve adjustment already at 50 miles? And I have just changed my oil also. But I feel like I am more worried about it than I should be. Only ticks/taps at idle. Seems to go away with any throttle at all.
 
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