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Old 08-07-2019, 03:35 AM
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Default Outboards - how often do you check oil level?

New F150XB. How often do you pull the cowl and check the oil level? The boat is stored at a marina so it is in the water at a dock when we get to it. I guess I could take the time while it's floating or have them put it on a rack first and then put it in the water. Would every 20 hours be reasonable or too much/too little?

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I check after every use. Takes 3 min
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About ever 4 hours run time. Never ever needed oil added but I still check.
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I have a really good feeling that for the majority of our customers, the only time the oil level gets checked is after we refill the engine after performing required maintenance. It gets checked again after we perform the next required maintenance.

95% of our customers run Mercurys, so they don’t have oil making problems to worry about.
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Every 100h service which translates to 3-4 times a year. 🤫
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Originally Posted by rojeho View Post
New F150XB. How often do you pull the cowl and check the oil level? The boat is stored at a marina so it is in the water at a dock when we get to it. I guess I could take the time while it's floating or have them put it on a rack first and then put it in the water. Would every 20 hours be reasonable or too much/too little?

How often do you check the oil in your car/truck?
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With new motors I check more frequently, usually after every 20 hours of use. After a couple hundred hours and I am confident that the motors are not making oil or burning oil usually after each oil change.
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Originally Posted by davidwademarine View Post
I have a really good feeling that for the majority of our customers, the only time the oil level gets checked is after we refill the engine after performing required maintenance. It gets checked again after we perform the next required maintenance.

95% of our customers run Mercurys, so they don’t have oil making problems to worry about.
It is not the motor. It is the break in procedure.

But I have and do read of Mercury four strokes "making oil". Actually, all brands of four strokes are known to do it.
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When I change the oil I check.
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does modern 4 stroke engines have a low oil alarm? or will it just alarm if oil pressure is lost?
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I great up as a real motor-head, always building something, but with my Honda Pilot I honestly don't check it, I just change it and with my Suzuki outboard pretty much the same thing, I know its not a good answer, but they just don't use oil like the old days.
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1. I check and fill the 2 cycle oil tank before every trip.
2. I drain the foot (lower end) gear oil during my winter maintenance schedule.
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For years I checked before every trip but after three years with F150s that never changed I stopped checking. Then about a year later I was offshore running and the engine started to die and sounded awful with smoke pouring out. I limped all the way in knowing I had blown it up. Turned out a low pressure fuel pump had started leaking and filled the crank case to the point that it burped out the breather into the intake. Lesson learned on checking oil. You find issues and save the engine as well as fishing trips.
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Not often enough. Just checked the oil after 50 hours this summer for the first time. Not making oil for the first time in the life of the engine. 4.2 Yammy 250 with 345 hours
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Checking oil gives me something to do when I fill up which generally happens when I am down a 100 or so gallons. Typically fill up every 7-10 days. I also do a general inspection of the powerhead when I check oil, hoping to find nothing out of order or any indications of water being where it should not be....
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about every 50 hours
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Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
Once a year if you want honesty.
Slacker! I check at least twice a year.
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Hardly ever, after doing an oil change

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