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2016-2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2016-2018 Yamaha YZF-R3

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2016-2018 Yamaha YZF-R3.

It’s very similar to the maintenance schedule for other years of the R3, as well as the MT-03, which shares many of the same components.

Also, many Yamaha motorcycles use similar re-usables like oil and spark plugs.

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What you need to service the Yamaha R3

If you’re doing scheduled maintenance on an R3, you at least need

For the Yamaha R3, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

Engine oilYamaha recommends Yamalube 10W-40 or 10W-50. The manual suggests it and it’s affordable on Amazon with a solid 5-star rating. Other lubricants would do, but that’s your call. Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 20 Nm/15 lb-ft per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
Oil filterNeeds to be changed every time you change the oil. Either get a stock one (part 5GH-13440-50-00, used for many Yamaha products) or the K&N KN-204-1. Torque is 17 Nm/13 lb-ft.
Engine coolantYamaha recommends “Yamacool”, but use any coolant with a 50/50 mix of ethylene glycol and water. You can either use pre-mix or concentrate (for which you’d need demineralised water). I usually recommend this Valvoline 50/50 pre-mix.
Spark PlugsNGK/CR8E. This is what the manual and mechanics suggest. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.7-0.8mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued to 18 Nm/13 lb-ft (new) or 13Nm/10 lb-ft (after checking).
Air filterYamaha part number 1WD-E4451-00. You can also get the K&N equivalent, YA-3215, from Amazon.
Brake padsI recommend EBC double hardened brake pads for extra life and better brake feel. You need one set for the front (FA663HH) and rear (FA662HH).
Oil, filters, coolant, plugs, and brake pads for the YZF-R3 and MT-03

And the following general consumables are useful as well.

Brake fluidA DOT-4 lubricant is recommended. I recommend Castrol Dot 4 full synthetic — cost effective and good.
Chain lubricantThe chain needs to be lubricated every 800 km/500 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty). Motul’s chain lube is good. Make sure you have the right applicator brush, and a rear stand, like this lightweight and well-priced Vortex race stand.
Clutch cable lubricantRemember to lubricate your clutch cable. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.
GreaseGet a good lithium soap based grease for lubricating major components like your side stand, centre stand, and bearings.
General motorcycle consumables — Brake fluid, chain lube, clutch lube, and grease

2016-2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2016-2018 Yamaha YZF-R3.

The maintenance for the 2016-2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Periodic Maintenance Emission Control System

TIP:
• From 19000 mi (31000 km) or 36 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 7000 mi (11000 km) or 12 months.
• Items marked with an asterisk require special tools, data and skills, have a Yamaha dealer perform the service

No.ItemRoutine 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month
4000 mi (6000 km) or 6 months

7000 mi (11000 km) or 12 months
10000 mi (16000 km) or 18 months
13000 mi (21000 km) or 24 months
16000 mi (26000 km) or 30 months
1*Fuel line•Check fuel hoses for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
2Spark plugs•Check condition
•Adjust gap and clean
•Replace every 7000 mi (11000 km) or 12 months and thereafter every 6000 mi (10000 km) or 12 months
ReplaceReplace
3*Valve clearance•Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is coldEvery 26600 mi (42000 km)
4*Crankcase breather system•Check breather hose for cracks or damage
•Replace if necessary
5*Fuel injection•Adjust synchronization
6*Exhaust system•Check for leakage
•Tighten if necessary
•Replace gasket(s) if necessary
7*Evaporative emission control system (For California only)•Check control system for damage
•Replace if necessary
8*Air induction system•Check the air cut valve and reed valve, and hose for damage
•Replace any damaged parts if necessary

General Maintenance and Lubrication Chart

No.ItemRoutine 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month
4000 mi (6000 km) or 6 months

7000 mi (11000 km) or 12 months
10000 mi (16000 km) or 18 months
13000 mi (21000 km) or 24 months
16000 mi (26000 km) or 30 months
1Air filter element• Replace.
2Air filter check hose• Clean
3*Clutch• Check operation.
• Adjust or replace cable.
4*Front brake• Check operation, fluid level, and
for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary.
5*Rear brake• Check operation, fluid level, and
for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary.
6*Brake hose• Check for cracks or damage.
• Check for correct routing and clamping
• Replace.Every 4 years
7*Brake fluid• Replace.Every 2 years
8*Wheels• Check runout and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
9*Tires• Check tread depth and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Check air pressure.
• Correct if necessary.
10*Wheel bearings• Check bearings for smooth operation.
• Replace if necessary.
11*Swingarm pivot beraings• Check bearing assemblies for looseness
• Moderately repack with with lithium-soap-based grease
Repack
12Drive chain• Check chain slack, alignment and
condition.
• Adjust and lubricate chain with a
special O-ring chain lubricant
thoroughly.
Every 500 mi (800 km) and after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain
13*Steering bearings• Check bearing assemblies for
looseness.
• Moderately repack with lithium-
soap-based grease
Repack
14*Chassis fasteners• Check all chassis fitting and fasteners.
• Correct if necessary.
15Brake lever pivot shaft• Apply silicone grease lightly
16Brake pedal pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
17Clutch lever pivot shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
18Shift pedal pivots shaft• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
19Sidestand pivot• Check operation.
• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
20*Sidestand switch• Check operation and replace if necessary.
21*Front fork• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
22*Shock absorber assembly• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
23Engine oil• Change (see pages 4-4 and 7-10)When the oil indicator flashes
• Check oil level and vehicle for oil leakage
24Engine oil filter cartridge• Replace.
25*Cooling system• Check hoses for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
*• Change coolant
26*Front and rear brake switches• Check operation
27*Control cables• Apply Yamaha cable lubricant or other suitable cable lubricant thoroughly
28*Throttle grip• Check operation and free play.
• Adjust the throttle cable free play
if necessary.
• Lubricate the throttle grip housing
and cable.
29*Lights, signals and switches• Check operation
• Adjust headlight beam

TIP:
●Air filter
•This model’s air filter is equipped with a disposable oil-coated paper element, which must not be cleaned with compressed air to avoid damaging it
•The air filter element needs to be replaced more frequent when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas

● Hydraulic brake service
• After disassembling the brake master cylinders and calipers, always change the fluid. Regularly check the brake and clutch fluid levels and fill the reservoirs as required
• Every two years replace the internal components of the brake master cylinders and calipers, and change the brake fluid
• Replace the brake hoses every four years or if cracked or damaged.

About the 2016-2018 Yamaha YZF-R3

At the heart of this sporty ride is a rev-loving, two-cylinder, parallel-twin mill that delivers rather docile performance at lower rpms but comes alive when you get closer to the five-digit mark. A 68 mm bore and 44.1 mm stroke gives us a 321 cc total displacement with an 11.2-to-1 compression ratio. Dual over-head cams time the four-valve heads with lightweight, forged pistons in offset cylinders to reduce friction along the piston skirts.

As far as engine management goes, we have electronic fuel injection and a Transistor Controlled Ignition, but nothing in the way of traction control or variable riding modes. A six-speed transmission sends power to the rear wheel via chain drive, and surprisingly, couples to engine power through a standard, non-slipper clutch. I’m OK with making the kids learn how to properly feather the clutch and blip the throttle to rev match to prevent rear-wheel hop, but some of us appreciate the reduced effort needed to operate a slip-and-assist clutch.

Manual for the 2016-2018 Yamaha YZF-R3

2016-2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2016-2018 Yamaha YZF-R3.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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