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Old 07-13-2001, 10:06 PM
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Old Blue, regarding the idea of changing the oil shortly after replacing the chain is an excellent idea. Most mechanics are not too particular about keeping things sterile upon removing a valve cover. After a tank of gas I agree with you that a change would be helpful in removing any road grime that falls onto the inside of the head. Also, you may want to get an air hose and blow what dust you can from around the head area before you do the job. I usually oil the chain first by using an old sprocket from which to hang the chain down into a cut open bottle of oil. Rotate the chain a few revolutions to get good oil penetration. Tell the mechanic up front that this is what you would like to do and then watch him. (I have been disappointed in the hygiene habits of mechanics more often than not)
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