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1999 Yamaha VMAX Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Maintenance schedule and service intervals for the 1999 Yamaha VMAX

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 1999 Yamaha VMAX.

1999 Yamaha VMAX Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 1999 Yamaha VMAX

The maintenance for the 1999 Yamaha VMAX is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

No.ItemRoutine 1,000 km (600 mi) or 1 month7,000 km (4,400 mi) or7 months13,000 km (8,200mi) or 13 months19,000 km (12,000 mi) or 19 months25,000 km (15,800 mi) or 25 months31,000 km (19,600 mi) or 31 months
1*Valve clearance• Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.Every 42,000 km (26,600 mi) or 42 month
2Spark plug• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace at 13,000 km (or 13 months) and thereafter every 12,000 km (or 12 months).
ReplaceReplace
3*Crankcase ventilation system• Check ventilation hose for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
4*Fuel line• Check fuel hose and vacuum pipe for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
5*Fuel filter• Replace initial 31,000 km (19,600 mi) and thereafter every 30,000 km (19,000 mi).Replace
6*Exhaust system• Check for leakage.
• Retighten if necessary.
• Replace gaskets if necessary.
7*Carburetor synchronization• Adjust synchronization of carburetors.
8*Idle speed• Check and adjust engine idle speed.
• Adjust cable free play.
9*Evaporative emission control system**• Check control sysytem for damage.
• Replace if necessary.

* Since these items require special tools, data and technical skills, they should be serviced by a Yamaha Dealer.

**California type only

Note: For odometer readings of time periods higher than 31,000 km (19,600 mi) or 31 months, repeat the same maintenance as listed in the chart from the 7,000 km (4,400 mi) or 7 months interval.

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

No.ItemRoutineType 1,000 km (600 mi) or 1 month7,000 km (4,400 mi) or7 months13,000 km (8,200mi) or 13 months19,000 km (12,000 mi) or 19 months25,000 km (15,800 mi) or 25 months31,000 km (19,600 mi) or 31 months
1Engine oil • Warm-up engine before draining.See page 6-11.
2Oil filter• Replace.
3*Air filter• Clean with compressed air.
• Replace if necessary.
4*Cooling system• Check hose for cracks and damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Replace coolant every 24 months.Ethylene glycol anti-freeze coolant.Repack
5*Brake system• Adjust free play.
• Replace pads if necessary.
6*Clutch• Check operation and fluid leakage. (See NOTE page 6-7.)
• Correct if necessary.
7Final gear oil• Check oil level and leakage.
• Replace every 24,000 km or 24 months.
SAE 80 API “GL-4” hypoid gear oilReplaceCheck
8Control meter and cable• Apply chain lube thoroughly.Yamaha chain and cable lube or SAE 10W30 motor oil
9*Swingarm pivot bearing• Check bearing assembly for looseness.
• Moderately repack every 24,000 km (15,200 mi).
Medium wieght wheel bearing greaseRepack
10Brake/clutch lever pivot shaft• Apply chain lube lightly.Yamaha chain and cable lube or SAE 10W30 motor oil
11Brake pedal and shift pedal shaft•Lubricate.
•Apply chain lube lightly
Yamaha chain and cable lube or SAE 10W30 motor oil
12*Center/sidestand pivots•Check operation and lubricate
•Apply chain lube lightly
Yamaha chain and cable lube or SAE 10W30 motor oil
13*Front fork•Check operation and leakage
14*Steering bearings•Check bearing assembly for looseness
•Moderately repack every 24,000 km (15,200 mi)
Medium wieght wheel bearing grease.Repack
15*Wheel bearings•Check bearing for smooth rotation
16*Battery•Check specific gravity and breather pipe for proper operation
17*Sidestand switch•Check and clean or replace if necessary

* Since these items require special tools, data, and technical skills, they should be serviced by a Yamaha Dealer.

Note:
● The air filter needs more frequent service if you are riding in unusually wet or dusty areas.

Hydraulic brake and clutch systems
• After disassembling the master cylinder, caliper cylinder or clutch release cylinder, always replace the brake fluid. Check the brake fluid level of the master cylinder and clutch release cylinder regularly and fill as required.
• Replace the oil seals on the inner parts of the master cylinder, caliper cylinder and clutch release cylinder every two years.
• Replace the brake hose every four years, or if cracked or damaged.

About the 1999 Yamaha VMAX

The engine ticks along contentedly at 1800 rpm, but wakes right up and yanks the bike forward when you snap the throttle open. The liquid-cooled, 16-valve V-4 V-Max engine is very similar to the engine used in the new Royal Star Venture and, just like the Venture, it uses a counterbalancer to effectively suppress vibration. You know the engine isn’t electric but there aren’t any buzzes that put your extremities to sleep or make your backside tingle.

The suspension rarely makes the road feel harsh and shaft drive completes a package that, except for the need for frequent rear-tire replacements with some owners, is remarkably reliable and easy to maintain. 

Manual for the 1999 Yamaha VMAX

1999 Yamaha VMAX Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 1999 Yamaha VMAX.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.