1. Does the PRO-OILER need any maintenance?
No routine maintenance
However, it's a good
idea to visually check on a regular basis that everything is
The obvious one... is
the chain correctly lubricated?
If it is, then that's
all you need to do.
But if it's not, then
start basic troubleshooting:
Reed switch signal ok?
Oil level ok?
Nozzles in correct position?
Please refer to the Troubleshooting
section for further information
2. How often do I need to refill my oil container?
This depends mainly on the settings
you have been using.
Baseline consumption for a
used in clean, dry conditions
fitted with a 530 section chain of 110 links (typical big-bike)
with the reed switch on the rear 180/55-17
running on table 8 setting 3 = 2715 revolutions per pump stroke
This gives a theoretical consumption
4970 m / pump stroke
67196 km / L
1.49 ml / 100 km
The consumption is only
if you ride in all conditions, there will be times when you are running
on the maximum, which is 6-7x higher than your normal dry-road setting
even if you never go out in the rain, you may still get caught in a
shower or two, when you will turn up the delivery
the road can be dusty and dry out your chain, so you need to turn up the
delivery (and/or run Prime) from time to time
1. I've fitted a Pro-Oiler. Is that the end of chain maintenance?
You still need to visually
check your chain to make sure everything is working and the chain is properly
In normal conditions the
chain is self-cleaning when you use motor oil in
the PRO-OILER, so there's no need for periodic de-greasing as with a spray-can
There's one exception,
Before you first run the
PRO-OILER after using spray-on chain lubes, it's a really good
clean the chain thoroughly (use parafin, not
petrol, which damages the o-rings)
clean out the inside of the front sprocket cover
clean the underside of the chain guard
The reason is that motor
oil will dissolve the accumulated mess - which will start to come
off in messy splatters. It can take quite a while before it all comes off, so
it really is best to do it all in one go!
2. I've been riding in dirty conditions. What do I need to do?
nothing more than
turn up the delivery to keep the chain properly
and turn down the delivery when the chain condition has
If you have been through
seriously dirty, gritty conditions, then it can be a good idea to just quickly
wipe off the dirt with a cloth or paper towel soaked in paraffin - or even WD40
The PRO-OILER is a total loss lubrication system - surely this is harmful to the
In theory yes. 1L of oil
enters the eco-system every 70,000km
But in reality the the
net environmental effect of fitting a PRO-OILER is firmly positive!
Let's consider the
Per 10.000km a
"typical" motorcycle has consumed approximately
Motor oil (burnt/vented and unburned): 1L (if your
engine consumes 100ml/1,000km)
Motor oil (oil changes): 5L (at 3.5L per oil change at
Fuel: 700L (at 7L/100km consumption)
Spray-on lube: 2L (at 100ml per application each 500km)
Over 10,000km a
PRO-OILER will consume approx 0.15L of chain oil (PRO-OILER's consumption works
out at around 70,000km/L for a typical 530 chain, and even less than that for
the smaller sizes.)
The one crucial
point when considering the PRO-OILER's environmental impact is this:
Being a continuous
lubrication system, PRO-OILER actually leads to a reduction of emissions
because a poorly lubricated chain can easily consume 5% of engine power - or
put another way, use 5% more fuel for the same distance and speed.
The power consumption of
poorly lubed chains has been proven countless thousands of times on dyno's
worldwide. In fact, in especially tough environments like moto-cross, the chain
can cost 5-10% of power by the end of a single race.
Let's be really
conservative, and say that a PRO-OILER can improve your efficiency by 3% on
average, then per 10.000km
you will use 21L less fuel
you will reduce emissions of CO, CO2, and NOx
you will save 2L of lubricant suspended in volatile