Correctly Checking The Oil Level For The TRX500FM Foreman S.
1. First, you should park your ATV on a firm, level surface. (Figure 1 Above)
2. Then start the engine in a well ventilated area and let idle for 3-5 minutes. (If you rev-up the engine during the idle period you'll have to restart the timer and let the ATV idle for 3-5 minutes. Also, allow more time for warm-up if it's cold, up to 15 minutes.)
3. Stop engine and wait 2-3 minutes.
4. Then unsnap and remove the left engine side cover. (Figure 2 Above)
5. Next, remove the oil filler cap/dipstick (Figure 3 Above) from the rear crankcase cover.
Wipe it clean. (Figure 4 Above)
6. Finally, insert the oil filler cap/dipstick without screwing it in (Figure 5 Above), then remove the oil filler cap/dipstick to check the oil level.
The oil level should be between the upper level mark and the lower level mark on the oil filler cap/dipstick. (Figure 6 Above)
Engine oil quality is a major factor that affects both the performance and the service life of the engine. Using the proper oil (DO NOT USE AUTOMOTIVE OIL) and filter, and regularly checking, adding, and changing oil will help extend your engine's life. Even the best oil wears out. Changing the oil helps get rid of dirt and deposits in the engine. Operating the engine with old or dirty oil can damage your engine. Running the engine with insufficient oil can cause serious damage to the engine and transmission. Change the engine oil as specified in your owner's manual for your ATV. When running in very dusty conditions, oil changes should be performed more frequently than specified in the maintenance schedule. Finally, remember that seasonal changes in weather can affect the efficiency of your oil. While the recommended SAE 10W-40 oil is fine for summer operation of your ATV it isn't the right oil to use during Alaska's winters. For winter operation use Honda's "ATV Cold Climate Oil", SAE 0W-30.
For additional information on your ATV consult your owner's manual or call us and ask for the service department. (800) 478-4555 (within the state of Alaska) or (907) 279-9478.