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Old 03-30-2021, 06:52 AM
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Default Please tell me that somebody else........

.........has done something as dumb as what I did.

So, every fall, I do an oil change. Both engines, and the generator. No big deal.
Yesterday, I was working on some springtime projects ahead of my launch next week. I decided to check all the oil. All was good in the generator and starboard engine. When I pulled the dipstick on the port engine, though, I was somewhat shocked to find used oil on the dipstick. I checked my receipts from the fall and confirmed that I bought the correct amount of oil for both engines. My only conclusion is that I drained the port engine, and then refilled it with used oil from the starboard engine. Now, I have to do another oil change, and live with the fact that I almost certainly recycled 2 gallons of brand new oil.

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03-30-2021, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Walleye Guy View Post
If you didn't pour the oil into the rod holder you're okay
Everyone knows that's where the gas goes
Old 03-30-2021, 06:56 AM
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"If you haven't run aground, you haven't been around"
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Yeah, that doesn't even make the top 20 list...
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There are several worse things regarding oil changes that you could have done.

Oh, and Greta says "How dare you!"
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I guess anythings possible but I would have thought it would be obvious the old was old while you were pouring it in.
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If your dumb mistakes aren't costing you at least $1000, you are just a poser......
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The majority of inboard cruisers don't work the oil very hard, especially northern boats. The oil probably looked somewhat fresh, I could see that happening easily enough. Wrong fluid in the wrong hole has happened, now that would be a notable oops.
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If you didn't pour the oil into the rod holder you're okay
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Originally Posted by Walleye Guy View Post
If you didn't pour the oil into the rod holder you're okay
Everyone knows that's where the gas goes
Old 03-30-2021, 07:26 AM
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I give myself a "stupid budget" of $1000/yr. Covers things like lost cell phones, traffic tickets, late fees, lost keys, fender benders, etc. All stupid avoidable expenses lumped together.

If I make it through a year and have not blown that grand, I did ok.

The OP is doing fine.
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At least you put SOMEKIND of oil back in it. I thought at first you were going to tell us you drained the oil, forget to refill it and burnt up an engine.

Folks worry WAY TO MUCH about the co$t of oil/fuel in boating. They are expendables/consumables and "come with the territory", if you fear the gas pump then boating ISN'T for you.

I seriously doubt you even need to change the oil every season, I'd run the piss out of both engines this season and then service them next fall. Enjoying life and time on the water is much to valuable to sweat a few qts of oil (new OR used!).
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Seen someone dump 5 gal into a dump truck without putting the drain plug back in first.
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first sign of alzheimer's. book mark this site or you may forget where it is. and then you really will be lost
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That is technically an oil change btw....
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Was this your first senior moment? There will be many, many more.
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Well at least You put Oil back in! Could have been a lot worse on Your initial Run!!
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You might have changed the oil twice in the same engine.
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oil from starboard put in port where is the new oil for the port?
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I hired a new mechanic in our shop a few years ago who proceeded to drain the transmission on one of the trucks and double fill the engine oil on his first day.
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Originally Posted by CrushTon207 View Post
I hired a new mechanic in our shop a few years ago who proceeded to drain the transmission on one of the trucks and double fill the engine oil on his first day.
LOL..Had a New "Oil Changer " in the Quick Lube years ago,On a Old 4.l Jeep Cherokee fill the Engine with Oil ALL the way until it came out the Valve Cover!!

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