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A motorcycle’s engine may seize if:

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Use this motorcycle practice test question to prepare for the real written exam at the DMV or during your motorcycle safety course

A motorcycle’s engine may seize if:

  1. The weather is cold. 
  2. The weather is warm.
  3. The fuel is low. 
  4. The oil is low.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: D. The oil is low.

How’d you do? Learn more about this motorcycle topic below. 

Explanation: Motorcycle Maintenance

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

A motorcycle’s engine may seize due to a lack of oil. 

If you’re riding, a seized, locked, or frozen engine may cause you to lose control of your bike and can cause serious damage to the engine. 

The correct amount of engine oil is necessary to allow the metal parts to run smoothly against each other without overheating and grinding. 

If your engine seizes, you may experience a loss of power or abrupt change in the sound of the engine. If this occurs while you are riding, pull in the clutch to disengage power to the back wheel and pull to a safe place on the side of the road. 

Check your oil levels and allow the engine to cool down before trying to restart it. 

Motorcycle oil needs to be checked and changed periodically. Refer to your motorcycle owner’s manual for details on how often you should change your oil and what type of motor oil to use. 

You can find more information about this topic in the motorcycle rider’s handbook.

Check out more motorcycle permit test questions and answers here.

Find in-depth articles for new riders in our section dedicated to learning how to ride a motorcycle.

Plus, check out an overview of the requirements to get a motorcycle endorsement in each state.

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