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03-11-2009 01:37 PM
imagine2frolic Walters v-drive take the engine oil if memory serves me properly. As posted it's hard to get the bomb to explode. I lived with one for nearly 20, and it served me well under many different, and sometimes stressful situations......i2f
03-11-2009 01:32 PM
jaschrumpf
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Originally Posted by northstarjim View Post
I thought on a v-drive the transmission was lubricated independently of the engine??
What a pain in the butt - the ice is slowly melting with a heater in there in additionh to chipping away at it. Fingers crossed..
I don't think you mentioned previously that you had a v-drive. Some A4s have only one oil fill and the engine oil lubricates the transmission. Others have a separate fill back by the dipstick. If you've got that then yes, you do have separate oil supplies.

Mine doesn't have that so I can't be much more help. Drop by the Moyer Marine site and ask around there.
03-10-2009 06:01 PM
northstarjim I thought on a v-drive the transmission was lubricated independently of the engine??
What a pain in the butt - the ice is slowly melting with a heater in there in additionh to chipping away at it. Fingers crossed..
03-05-2009 12:31 PM
jaschrumpf The engine oil also lubricates the tranny in an A4. If you've replaced the engine oil you've taken care of the tranny as well.
03-05-2009 08:19 AM
MorganPaul Don't give up on the Atomic Bomb. Those engines are hard to kill.
03-05-2009 08:13 AM
northstarjim Thanks all,

I'm sure water didn't get high enough to enter the cylinders. I do know it is in the oil though. I pumped all the water I could out of the boat but there is still a large amount of ice in there. I'll have to put a heater in there to melt it. I am in eastern Canada - still cold here. What about the transmission? I assume oil could have entered this oil too? Maybe I'll get a small outboard this year. I wonder if insurance would cover this damage?
03-05-2009 06:50 AM
tommays In most any case you want to run the motor ASAP to prevent rusting of the cylinder walls

You have freshwater so it is much better than salwater if there is no freeze damage

The issues i see in the long term are that anything electric will have to be rebuilt as the trapped water will result in failure over the summer


I would check the dip stick to see if there was a lot of water inside, if so pump out the oil and change the filter

I don't know I it as high enough to enter the cylinders BUT in any case you DO NOT want to risk turning over the motor with the spark plugs in until this is know

Be very careful when turning over a motor with water in the cylinders as it will be forced out with a LOT of pressure that can cause personal injury

I have to leave now good luck
03-05-2009 01:38 AM
scottyt drain the oil, fill it up including the cylinders with oil. turn it over using either the crank start or a crow bar, just a little per day. after a few rotations drain and fill it with oil and marvel mystery oil. let it sit till spring, but you need to make sure it full to the top.

spring time drain oil put a quart of marvel and normal oil in then start it, let it get to temp, shut it off, drain oil fill, run it for a few days change oil.

that is the directions i got from moyer when i fixed a flooded and rusted solid engine, it took days to get it to go thru a full rotation, once it broke loose it spun fine. once in the water it was drained and refilled ran real smokey for a bit, needed new spark plugs too.

as for the starter, pull it off dunk it in a gallon of denatured alcohol. then take it for a check out. as for the alt they are cheap enough to replace
03-05-2009 01:18 AM
patrickrea Where is the boat located?
03-04-2009 08:10 PM
CalebD The situation sounds bad but do not give up hope.
We had a flood in our cabin 5 years ago that got water in the engine oil. I won't divulge the reason for a the flood while on a mooring but suffice it to say it was salt water and nearly 6" above the cabin sole (floor). This was high enough for some water to get into the dipstick hole. Our engine wasn't completely flooded, plus it was summer so no freezing.
After removing the water from the cabin the engine started right up. Later, we checked the oil and found a milky color. Uh-oh! After a call to Don Moyer (see link previously posted) I went and changed the oil in the engine 3 times and each change came out clearer and clearer. Last oil change I put in Rotella T SAE 30 but for the quick oil changes I used cheaper oil.
Our engine is over 40 years old and is still ticking. I hope you have similar results.
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