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Old 05-16-2020, 07:49 PM
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My first outing of the year went without a hitch....or so I thought. The last time my boat was used was when the mechanic pulled it from the water for a fluid change early last winter. We had a really rough start to the year and we couldnít get out till today.

We ran out out to the sandbar, trolled a bit, and beat the bank a bit more. Didnít run the boat very hard. Maybe a few small runs at WOT.

When sitting still, I noticed a small oil sheen. Didnít think much of it as I know oil changes on the Yamahas can get kinda messy. I didnít think much of it till I got back to the dock and noticed a very large oil sheen. It concerned me so I pulled the cover off the motor. Look what I found sitting on top of the motor (first picture!). I immediately checked the oil. It was low but still about 1/2 inch above the lowest hash on the stick. By the time I finished that, I looked at the motor and saw the second picture.

My mechanic didnít put the oil cap back in the motor. I didnít run it out of oil luckily. No alarms. Iím going to ask them to pull it and re-service the engine and clean it up. Should I ask for compression checks on the cylinders just in case, or is it ok since I still had oil in it? BTW, the mechanic is Yamaha certified.


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05-17-2020, 12:25 AM
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Click bait title, too long story, unnecessary photos. Next time how about: Mechanic forgot oil cap and we avoid the melodrama?
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If oil level was still on the stick, there is zero harm other than a mess.
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You're lucky - and so is the shop/mechanic that did the work . If I was the shop owner, i would apologize like hell, ask you if you wanted me to pick up your boat, have the mechanic/shop clean the living hell out of it (the whole boat, as well), bring it back to you, demonstrate that all is well, apologize profusely again, and let you know you would get an additional discount the next time you brought the boat in
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Originally Posted by MarkV View Post
You're lucky - and so is the shop/mechanic that did the work . If I was the shop owner, i would apologize like hell, ask you if you wanted me to pick up your boat, have the mechanic/shop clean the living hell out of it (the whole boat, as well), bring it back to you, demonstrate that all is well, apologize profusely again, and let you know you would get an additional discount the next time you brought the boat in
maybe a little HJ also?
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It just leaked some oil, not exactly my idea if "gut wrenching" a bit of degreaser and it's all over.
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Originally Posted by noelm View Post
It just leaked some oil, not exactly my idea if "gut wrenching" a bit of degreaser and it's all over.
Well, it was gut wrenching until I checked the oil. Definitely not something you want to see.
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Click bait title, too long story, unnecessary photos. Next time how about: Mechanic forgot oil cap and we avoid the melodrama?
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Originally Posted by wizness View Post
maybe a little HJ also?
very little
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whenever they work on my engines, especially oil changes, I always pull the cowlings myself and check levels and things just to be sure.
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Originally Posted by CaptnJuff View Post
Click bait title, too long story, unnecessary photos. Next time how about: Mechanic forgot oil cap and we avoid the melodrama?
You should contact a local THT moderator for a refund on what you paid for this thread
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Originally Posted by CaptnJuff View Post
Click bait title, too long story, unnecessary photos. Next time how about: Mechanic forgot oil cap and we avoid the melodrama?
Click bait? Now whoís being dramatic?
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Finding new born kitten guts wrapped around your prop is gut wrenching, this?, Not so much....
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Originally Posted by wizness View Post
maybe a little HJ also?
lol - the mechanic??? well that depends...


#OKJustthisonce...



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#nevermindjustdon'tdoitagain
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This thread went in a weird direction. Then again, itís THT so....
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Tough crowd.
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Gut wrenching? Just change your own oil
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Originally Posted by 805gregg View Post
Gut wrenching? Just change your own oil
Thanks for that advice. Really helpful. Obviously, I would if I could, but personal circumstances make that really difficult to do right now.
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I've been doing mine since 1972. If for some reason I had to pay for someone to do it I would check it before leaving their shop.
If I at nearly 65 years old can still bend myself into the rear of this boat to do this you outboard guys got no excuse for not doing it yourself.
That's after removing the rear seats!


notice the mirror to make sure the mounting pad is clean!

all done
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Originally Posted by LouC View Post
I've been doing mine since 1972. If for some reason I had to pay for someone to do it I would check it before leaving their shop.
If I at nearly 65 years old can still bend myself into the rear of this boat to do this you outboard guys got no excuse for not doing it yourself.
That's after removing the rear seats!


notice the mirror to make sure the mounting pad is clean!

all done
Itís a time issue for me. I keep the boat 1.5 hours from home, and we have two small kids. Itís worth it to me, from a time/convenience standpoint, to pay to have the boat pulled and worked on during the week. Gives us more time on the water.
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I'd be more concerned about that white prop
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