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2002-2003 Yamaha Virago 250 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Maintenance schedule and service intervals for the 2002-2003 Yamaha Virago 250

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2002-2003 Yamaha Virago 250.

2002-2003 Yamaha Virago 250 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2002-2003 Yamaha Virago 250

The maintenance for the 2002-2003 Yamaha Virago 250 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

No.ItemRoutine 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month4,000 mi (6,000 km) or 6 months7,000 mi (11,000 km) or 12 months10,000 mi (16,000 km) or 18 months13,000 mi (21,000 km) or 24 months
1*Valve clearance• Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.
2Spark plugs• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace at 7,000 mi (11,000 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*Exhaust system• Check for leakage.
• Retighten if necessary.
• Replace gasket(s) if necessary.
6*Idle speed• Check and adjust engine idle speed.
• Adjust cable free play.
7*Evaporative emission control system (California only)• Check control system for damage.
• Replace if necessary.

* Since this items require special tools, data and technical skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service.

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

No.ItemRoutineType 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month4,000 mi (6,000 km) or 6 months7,000 mi (11,000 km) or 12 months10,000 mi (16,000 km) or 18 months13,000 mi (21,000 km) or 24 months
1Engine oil• Warm-up engine before draining.See page 8-1.
2*Oil filter• Replace.
3*Air filter• Wet type filter must be washed and damped with oil.Yamalube 4 (10W30) or SAE 10W30 type “SE” motor oil.
4*Brake system• Adjust free play.
• Replace pads if necessary. (Front)
• Replace shoes if necessary. (Rear)
5*Clutch• Adjust free play.
6Drive chain• Check chain conditon.
• Adjust and lubricate chain thoroughly.
SAE 30W-50W motor oilEvery 300 mi (500 km)
7Control and meter cable• Apply chain lube thoroughly.Yamaha chain and cable lube or engine oil SAE 10W30.
8*Swingarm pivot shaft• Check swingarm assembly for looseness.
• Moderately repack.
Lithium-soap-base grease
(all-purpose grease)
Check
9Brake/Clutch lever pivot shaft• Apply chain lube lightly.Lithium-soap-base grease
(all-purpose grease)
10Brake pedal and shift pedal shaft• Lubricate.
• Apply chain lube lightly.
Lithium-soap-base grease
(all-purpose grease)
11*Sidestand pivot• Check operation and lubricate.
• Apply chain lube lightly.
Lithium-soap-base grease
(all-purpose grease)
12*Front fork• Check operation and leakage.
13*Steering bearings• Check bearing assembly for looseness.
• Moderately repack every 10,000 mi (16,000 km) or 18 months.
Lithium-soap-base grease
(all-purpose grease)
Repack
14*Wheel bearings• Check bearings for smooth rotation.
15Battery• Check specific gravity and breather pipe for proper operation.
16*Sidestand switch• Check and clean or replace if necessary.

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

Note: From 16,000 mi (26,000 km) or 30 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 4,000 mi (6,000 km) or 6 months.

Note:
● The air filter needs more frequent service if you are riding in unusually wet or dusty areas.
● Hydraulic brake system
• When disassembling the master cylinder or caliper cylinder, always replace the brake fluid. Check the brake fluid level regularly and fill as required.
• Replace the oil seals on the inner parts of the master cylinder and caliper cylinder every two years.
• Replace the brake hoses every four years or if cracked or damaged.

About the 2002-2003 Yamaha Virago 250

The 2003 Virago 250 is a quarter-liter mount that the magazine press dubbed, affectionately, a “kick-butt little cruiser.” From its deceptively strong air-cooled V-twin powerplant and widely geared five-speed transmission to its pair of chrome exhaust pipes and wire-spoked wheels, everything about the 2003 Yamaha Virago 250 says big-bike features in an affordable, entry-level package.

Manual for the 2002-2003 Yamaha Virago 250

2002-2003 Yamaha Virago 250 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2002-2003 Yamaha Virago 250.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.