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Diesel Oil Change Question

Is it necessary to do the oil change now in fall or can you wait to do it in spring? Also if you do the oil change do most of you pump the oil of the dipstick. If you do this don't you leave the sludge on the bottom?
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Do it now, otherwise you're leaving water and corrosives in the sump all winter which will cause no good. Draining from the sump is far preferable to pulling it out through the dipstick hole. Many retro-fit their engines so that the sump drain is piped for easy access.
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I second everything that Sailaway said. Our Yanmar does not have a drain plug in the oil pan so we don't have any choice but to use the dipstick tube. If you run the engine until fully warmed up before changing it most of the "sludge" will be suspended, but not all. John
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don't forget the oil filter too...

plus, while you're at it, change your transmission oil too.

looking forward to all of the fun winterization this fall.
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I highly recommend this tool for changing fluids, the PELA 2000.



With it, I can change oil/transmission fluid in about 10 minutes and I literally don't spill a drop. It is far easier than the hand pump I previously had and infinitely better than a drill powered pump I used a couple times. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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Change it now.

Then continue sailing through the winter on the occasional nice day, and change the oil again in the Spring.

Changing oil is the about the cheapest nice thing you can do for your engine.
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sounds, good I just have to order the pump. As far as changing the transmission oil the input and drain are in the rear of the engine a royal pain to get to with out standing on your head. Do you guys have an easier way to change it? (catalina 27 Universal 5411)
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Do it now, otherwise you're leaving water and corrosives in the sump all winter which will cause no good. Draining from the sump is far preferable to pulling it out through the dipstick hole. Many retro-fit their engines so that the sump drain is piped for easy access.
I would add that the most civilized way to do this job is to motor out on a quiet day for a hour, stop at a well-frequented marina to top up your diesel, come back to dock or mooring and to have a nice whisky.

When you're finished, the oil will still be warm enough to run freely, but not so hot that it will melt your plastic waste oil bottle!

Change the filter at the same time and refill with clean oil. Winterize as per usual.
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I would add that the most civilized way to do this job is to motor out on a quiet day for a hour, stop at a well-frequented marina to top up your diesel, come back to dock or mooring and to have a nice whisky.
Pump out the holding tank at the fuel dock as well . . . whiskey will serve double duty as an antibacterial.
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Winter??? OH yea... I remember... that is when the Gulf Water Temp gets down to 76 degrees and the days are a frigid 80 maybe 70 for a few hours??? That winter??? :^p
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