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Merc Verado 350 first service

Old 02-21-2019, 03:56 PM
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Default Merc Verado 350 first service

I've looked through my manual but don't see anything about a service prior to the 100 hr mark. Do any of the Merc experts know if one is required?

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Old 02-21-2019, 04:22 PM
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That is the first service. There use to be an early service, but no more. I did my own oil change and lower unit service at 50 hours. Just to be safe.

The Vrod fluid changes are easy.
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:31 PM
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I picked up my Verado this past weekend. Techs are required to put the first hour on it and then the first service is scheduled and think they said at like 20 hours but there is a 10 hour grace period either way
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My 150's first service was also at 100 hours. Along the same lines but not as aggressive as flatout I did my lower unit at 30 ish hours. Everything else I left till 100.
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follow the manual
Manual states the first service is at 100hrs. I assumed a earlier service was supposed to take place. I guess I was wrong.
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Originally Posted by Flatout71 View Post
That is the first service. There use to be an early service, but no more. I did my own oil change and lower unit service at 50 hours. Just to be safe.

The Vrod fluid changes are easy.
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Old 02-21-2019, 07:41 PM
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First service is at 100 hours. There is no 20 service that Merc requires.
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Old 02-22-2019, 03:10 AM
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We service all Verados at 100 hours or 1 year, whichever comes first. No need to waste time or money on premature service.

Do you buy buy a brand new vehicle and change the oil after the first 100 Miles?

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I picked up my Verado this past weekend. Techs are required to put the first hour on it and then the first service is scheduled and think they said at like 20 hours but there is a 10 hour grace period either way
Never heard of this policy. Definetly not outlined in any service or operator’s manual.
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Originally Posted by VaporTrail1 View Post
I picked up my Verado this past weekend. Techs are required to put the first hour on it and then the first service is scheduled and think they said at like 20 hours but there is a 10 hour grace period either way
What your techs told you is come back in 20 hours so we can milk a few hundred dollars out if you for no other reason then we're greedy. Read your manual and you'll realize your techs are scum sucking leaches.
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That’s what they said. A lot of vehicles you are supposed to change oil early. My can am had break in oil and changed at 10 hours because the first few are on a machine are when all the parts mesh together and there might be particles in the oil. That’s also when they adjust the valves
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Originally Posted by Patton222 View Post
My 150's first service was also at 100 hours. Along the same lines but not as aggressive as flatout I did my lower unit at 30 ish hours. Everything else I left till 100.
Were leaving it at 100hr like the manual states. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something. Thanks everyone.
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At 100 hours you are supposed to remove the temporary in hose / line / trash fuel filter, I have no idea if anyone does though.
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Originally Posted by v12mac View Post
At 100 hours you are supposed to remove the temporary in hose / line / trash fuel filter, I have no idea if anyone does though.
Most owners/operators don’t know they exist. They’re good for new builds where some small debris may be present in the fuel tank. We remove them before installing any new engines on a repower product.
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So was I lied to about the 20 hour break in period on an Optimax? Or is it the newer Mercs that no longer require such a service?
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I have new Mercury 350's. Just did the first service at 100 hours.
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Originally Posted by TurnMeLooseFLKeys View Post
So was I lied to about the 20 hour break in period on an Optimax? Or is it the newer Mercs that no longer require such a service?
It is a good idea to replace Optimax spark plugs after the first 50 hours. Since you’re going through with that, what’s a few more minutes to replace the gear lube and fuel filters?
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Originally Posted by davidwademarine View Post
We service all Verados at 100 hours or 1 year, whichever comes first. No need to waste time or money on premature service.
Can you give us an idea of how much this costs on a 350 hp Verado ?

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Originally Posted by davidwademarine View Post


It is a good idea to replace Optimax spark plugs after the first 50 hours. Since you’re going through with that, what’s a few more minutes to replace the gear lube and fuel filters?
I'm on my 3rd powerhead since buying the boat in 2008. 1st time it blew, was my fault. Complete pilot error. 2nd time, was just one of those times where something breaks no matter how much you keep up with the maintenance. This 3rd powerhead has been good since installed in 2012. I'm not currently going through a break in on it.

I was just curious, as my local mechanic, told me this...the Optimax goes through a 20 hour break-in period where it's running double oil. I was to vary the rpms those first 20 hours. After 20 hours, I brought it back to them (or had one of their mechanics, who I am friends with most of them, do it as a side job) for service. We also did this on dad's boat, as it was powered by twin Optimax's, for 12 out of the 15 years we owned it. Can't quite remember how many powerheads we went through on it.

Sorry for de-railing the thread. I was just curious.
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