When doing an oil change it is recommended that you replace the oil pan washer that attaches to the bolt. Is this a simple washer that can be purchased at any Depot or Lowes or is it a Yamaha specific part that should be used.
Maybe a stupid question but I would rather be sure I am using the right part.
It is not Yamaha specific but needs to be the right size. It is more specifically a drain plug crush washer. Any Yamaha dealer should have the right size as one size is used among different models. Do not just use a washer that fits from a hardware store. They real thing is cheap enough.
Now, that being said many people never bother to put a new one on unless it is badly crushed from it being over tightened. Personally, I always changed it since I tend to get my filters at the dealer at a discount and they either throw it in for free or charge me a dollar for it.
I agree with the guys here, me personally I never reuse the old crush washer when I do my oil change the consequence of a leaking oil plug far outweigh the cost of a new crush washer. If your old crush washer leaks you have no alternative but to dump all the new oil just to replace that washer.
I've taken to carrying a spare crush washer in the watch pocket of my jeans, everywhere I go. That way I always have one handy plus, on long days, I reach in and pull it out and smile... knowing my bike is ready to take me to freedom.
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