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Old 12-17-2003, 09:40 AM
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Has anyone used outdrive reservoir kits for older Mercruiser outdrives? I am curious as to any comments good or bad. I have a 1974 merc outdrive and keep my boat in the water so get a bit concerned about outdrive oil level/condition. So I am considering installing one of these.
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Had an 85 Mercruiser with this oil reservoir
worked fine- only problem was the drive leaked every season and by August every year brown milky oil -pull the boat change oil-
Sold it in 95 with same lower unit no major rebuild. (Water pumps only.)

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Without a doubt and by all means install one. There is a provision in the Merc units for a sensor that can be wired into the engines warning system if the oil level would drop.

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Thanks guys. I am always fretting about the darn outdrive being under water. Especially when I tilted it up and found fishing line wrapped around the prop. I hope this gives me a little better piece of mind without pulling the darn thing 3 times per Summer.
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Aside from having the extra oil what I find appealing is if the reservior is mount in an accessable location it would be very easy to monitor the oil's condition. If one were to have a water intrution problem you would know right away; or at least sooner then not.

I like the idea and will be looking into this one.


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Thanks, I agree, I really would like to take a peak at the oil on a regular basis. I found the website for the kits. They look pretty basic..... http://www.mercstuff.com/reservoir.htm

My mechanic says that he has installed several of them and they are easily installed.
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my bravo two vintage 1993 has remote reservoirs for power steering fluid, gear fluid, trim fluid, coolant fluid all standard...i find them
highly convenient to check ALL each trip....
never any problems....i personally added a
racor next to these but outside the engine
box, so i could look at that as a "remote
reservoir" as well....again, "trust what you
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