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Hi. I recently bought a dinghy that came with a 2001 6hp mercury four stroke. I brought it from LA to eugene. I stored it for transport with the "this side up" up always. That was the side with the gear shift. The throttle handle was facing down.

I placed it on a piece of cardboard in my garage and when I looked at it today after a month there is a pool of probably oil soaked into the cardboard. What happened and what do I do?

I called the local marine store. In eugene. So not a big marine center and they said bring it in $410+. That seems steep. That's more than I paid for it.

DIY. Please say I can DIY. So....what do I do? The marina said that oil leaked from maybe altitude change and it may be in everything and they have to clean it out. Then again, not knowing much about outboards myself I still can't imagine $190 for just the oil change part of it is a good deal so while I may be wrong, I have my doubts about this shop. Based mostly on my cars' last oil change was $29. So $190 for an outboard that uses less than a quart?

Anyways. I'll stop with the "I'm a cheap ass stuff" and let you guys do what you do best. Advise.
 

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410 for clean out and oil change and impeller and fuel filter.

190 for oil change and a look over.

I'll take a good look tonight and see what's going on. I hope I didn't get any oil in the engine. I suppose its possible it was just that the filler cap isn't on all the way or the oil filter was loose.
 

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I can't tell where it's coming from. Since I removed from the vertical position on the dinghy it has always been stored this side up. But the up side also has oil in it. I'm going to have to watch a video on out oars so I know the parts. It's also not helping I don't have a stand. I'll have to make one.
 

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Another.

I don't know where it's from. I need to build a stand so I can work on this. It's definitely in the carberator. It looks like it's coming from the carberator. Though that doesn't make sense.

I wonder if it got tipped upside down. I'm not sure if it's lower unit oil or engine oil. When I pulled the dipstick. The engine says it has a lot of oil. When I lifted the motor upright, oil started coming out of the propeller.
 

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ok bud so I see 2 issues

like the links I posted you have oil coming out the exhaust through the prop from sitting in this position for a while

2. the intake looked like it had oil in the black part...tube

when you can stand the engine upright...

check oil level after standing ipright a while the go ahead and take he plug out...

clean it up or get a new one...flush out if needed...
I went to Home Depot today and bought wood and nails an tomorrow I am going to make a ghetto stand. I'm also going to get gear oil.. I watched a YouTube video on changing the lower unit oil. That looks really simple. I had a helper help me hold the motor upright and checked the main engine oil. It looked full. But I can't really tell how much leaked out, not if it's enough that it would make the dipstick show low oil.

The intake does look like it has oil in it, is that the carb intake, where it brings in air to mix with the fuel? That will have to be cleaned out like you described. I'll remove the spark plug and shine a light in the engine and hope it's clear.
 
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