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2015-2024 Scout Oil Change

    Required Tools and Supplies

  • Oil Change Kit
  • 2.5-inch (64mm) Oil Filter Wrench
  • 6mm Allen Head Socket
  • Safety Glasses
  • Torque Wrench
  • Nitrile Gloves  

For more information on tools,  read the Tools and Fasteners Guide.

Always wear safety glasses and nitrile gloves when servicing your Indian Motorcycle. Change the engine oil at the intervals specified in the Periodic Maintenance Table found in your Owner's Manual. Change the oil more frequently if the motorcycle is subjected to severe use, especially operation in cold weather. Always use the recommended oil, which for Scout models is Indian Motorcycle Full Synthetic 15W60. Failure to perform frequent oil changes during cold weather operation can result in condensation forming. Freezing condensation can result in plugged oil lines and serious engine damage.

The total amount of oil required for the oil and filter change is approximately 3 to 4 quarts (2.8 to 3.8 l). Follow all instructions carefully. Do not overfill.

Note that after an oil change, the low oil pressure indicator may illuminate when the engine is started. If this occurs, do not increase RPM above idle speed until the indicator turns off. Operating above idle speed could result in damage to the engine.

To change the oil and filter:

1. Change the oil and filter (1) when the engine is warm. If the engine is cold, start the engine and allow it to run at idle for at least 5 minutes.

2. Park the motorcycle with the sidestand down on a firm, level surface. For proper oil drain, use a service lift to ensure the motorcycle is vertically centered.

3. Clean the area around the two drain plugs (2). Place a drain pan under both drain plugs. Caution: Hot oil can cause burns to skin. Do not allow hot oil to contact skin.

Scout diagram

4. Remove the drain plugs with the 6mm Allen head socket. Allow the oil to drain completely.

5. Install new sealing washers on the drain plugs. The sealing surfaces on the drain plugs and engine should be clean and free of burrs, nicks or scratches.

6. Reinstall the drain plugs with the 6mm Allen head socket. Torque to 15 ft-lbs (20 Nm).

7. Place a drain plug or shop towels under the oil filter. Using a 2.5-inch (64 mm) oil filter wrench, turn the filter counter-clockwise to remove it. If necessary, remove the horn bracket to improve access.

8. Using a clean dry cloth, clean the filter sealing surface on the engine.

9. Lubricate the O-ring on the new filter with a film of fresh engine oil. Check to make sure the O-ring is in good condition.

10. Install the new filter and rotate it clockwise by hand until the filter gasket contacts the sealing surface and then turn it an additional 3/4 to one full turn.

11. Reinstall the horn bracket if it was removed.

12. Remove the dipstick (1). Using a funnel, add 3 to 4 quarts (2.8 to 3.8 liters) of the recommended oil. Reinstall the dipstick securely.


13. With the motorcycle in an upright, centered position, start the engine and allow it to idle for 30 seconds. Stop the engine.

14. Add the recommended oil as needed to bring the level to the FULL mark on the dipstick. Verify the level on the dipstick. The approximate volume between the FULL (2) and ADD (3) marks on the dipstick is 16 ounces (0.45 liters).

Dipstick marks

15. Reinstall the dipstick securely. Do not overfill. Overfilling can result in loss of engine performance and an oil-saturated air filter. Use a suction device to remove excess oil if overfilled.

16. Dispose of the used filter and oil properly.

For more information, see your authorized Indian Motorcycle Dealer. Find a dealer near you with the Dealer Locator.
Maintenance tips, procedures and specifications can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.

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