Harley-Davidson® Maintenance & Service Checklist
Your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle is a significant investment, and taking good care of it is crucial. Neglecting minor issues can lead to major problems down the road. That's why maintaining your bike at home and seeking professional service on a regular basis is essential.
Not sure when or what to do? House of Harley-Davidson, right here in Milwaukee, is your local hometown Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealer. Here are some recommended maintenance checks to ensure your Harley-Davidson bike is properly serviced at regular intervals.
Service Frequency: Your new Harley® bike should be professionally serviced at regular intervals to ensure all systems are operating correctly. We recommend seeking service at 1,000 miles, then approximately every 5,000 miles thereafter. Of course, if you notice anything amiss between those scheduled checks, don't hesitate to reach out to our local Service Department here at House of Harley-Davidson.
What a Professional Will Check: During each service appointment, you can expect standard checks like oil changes, brake maintenance, and tire inspections, but there are several other tasks that require the expertise of a professional mechanic:
- Inspect and replace the air filter as needed.
- Examine, adjust, lubricate, and clean the primary chain.
- Replace transmission lubricant.
- Adjust and lubricate the clutch and throttle.
- Inspect and adjust the rear-drive belt.
- Lubricate the jiffy stand.
- Inspect the fuel injection system, including lines and fittings.
- Examine the front and rear suspension.
- Check and replace spark plugs as needed.
- Tighten fasteners.
- Look for leaks in the exhaust system.
Oil Changes: Changing your engine oil and oil filter is an essential task. Oil keeps your engine running smoothly and prevents parts from grinding against each other. If you use mineral-based oil, it is recommended that you change it every 2,000 miles or twice a year, whichever comes first. If you use synthetic oil, change it every 5,000 miles. The filter should be changed each time you change the oil.
Brake Inspection: Your brake system needs regular inspection to ensure the brake pads are not too worn down and the fluid reservoirs are adequately filled. A professional will assess all aspects of your motorcycle's brake system, including the discs and oil lines. A road test is often performed to identify any squeaking or grinding issues.
Tire Pressure & Condition: Checking your tires is essential to ensure you have enough tread and that they are in good condition. Use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure before every ride or at least every few rides. Air up your tires to the recommended psi levels in your owner's manual. Examine each tire for worn treads, uneven wear, embedded objects, and cracks in the sidewall. A professional inspection includes checking the tightness of your wheel spokes (if applicable) and assessing the tread and overall condition of each tire.
Remember, if you need professional assistance in maintaining your Harley-Davidson motorcycle, you can always reach out to our Service Department. Our team of skilled Service Advisors and Technicians will be more than happy to inspect your bike and address any issues promptly.
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