Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yeocomico River, VA
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I use Shell Rotella, not through any great dedication, but because it's a name product, is rated for diesel and because it's readily available at the local Auto Store. For autos or boat, I don't switch brands once I lock on to something that works.
I agree with Maine Sail - The brass Jabsco pumps are junk for oil changes. I tried one once, got more oil on the floor than in the jug and never really got it all out of the engine. We have a Westerbeke with the flexible hose. It works, is neat, but really slow draining. I usually do something else during the hour that it takes to drain (change fule filters, zincs, etc), but am always worried about kicking the drain pan while moving around the engine. I think that I'll try one of the vacuum systems.
I like the milk jug idea. I usually spread oil absorbant pads beneath the filter area and then just move fast.
regarding oil absorbant pads - for some reason, no auto stores carry them. Pep Boys had something similar, but didn't absorb oil very well. Nothing like the 3M pads. One parts store guy told me that they carried them for a short time but that people couldn't understand why anyone would want one of the pads. Made me shake my head.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"