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Do you change your oil again in the spring, after having changed it in the fall??? Is it necessary? I always do, oil is not cost prohibitive enough not to.

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I suppose that would depend on how you winterize your boat. If you cover over the carb or intake air port, sealing it, and your exhaust, you'll have gone a long way to keeping moisture levels down within the engine during the freeze/thaw cycles of the winter. Failing this, you can check the oil in the spring after a brief running of the engine, and if no white oily foaming is evident you probably have too little moisture in the crankcase to worry about. Changing it in the spring will hurt nothing, but is not necessarily required. If you keep a light bulb next to the block during lay-up it will provide enough heat to keep the engine warm and thereby prevent moisture from ingressing to the engine. You could use a dipstick block heater to do the same, if you are insanely wealthy. They draw about the same current as your microwave and, while I doubt you have much experience leaving that appliance run for three months continuous, I expect you get the picture. Probably about the cost of running a hot-tub through the winter. The 100 watt light bulb and a method of containing it's heat next to the engine will do quite nicely.

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Completed the fall oil / filter change yesterday before laying the boat up for winter.

I discovered that my Universal 5411 is actually a Kubota Z500. That explains the Japanese stampings on the block. One more mystery solved.

After pumping the oil from the dipstick tube and removing the filter, I removed the oil pan drain plug to see how much oil and sludge remained. I got about a tablespoon of oil and no sludge after letting it drain for 10 -15 minutes. Either there was no sludge build up after ? years or it's hiding somewhere else.

Should add this to the oil change procedure: "If over 40 years of age, take 2 Advil 30 minutes ahead of time to improve flexibility."

Regarding spring oil change after winter lay up. I've seen this recommended elsewhere. It read to change the oil early in the season after running the engine several times.

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Should add this to the oil change procedure: "If over 40 years of age, take 2 Advil 30 minutes ahead of time to improve flexibility."
Large quantities of alcohol also works well, then 2 Advil the next morning
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Large quantities of alcohol also works well, then 2 Advil the next morning
Yes, and, a final word, like on the shampoo bottle: "Repeat"

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