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10-15-2007 01:19 PM
CapnHand
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Originally Posted by T37Chef View Post
Large quantities of alcohol also works well, then 2 Advil the next morning
Yes, and, a final word, like on the shampoo bottle: "Repeat"
10-15-2007 12:48 PM
T37Chef
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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
10-15-2007 12:17 PM
CapnHand 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.
10-09-2007 09:17 PM
sailaway21 Chef,
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.
10-09-2007 08:17 PM
T37Chef 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.
10-09-2007 07:59 PM
RealityCheck 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
10-09-2007 07:54 PM
TrueBlue
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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.
10-09-2007 07:50 PM
Valiente
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Originally Posted by sailaway21 View Post
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.
10-09-2007 11:55 AM
saurav16 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)
10-09-2007 11:17 AM
SVAuspicious 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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