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X5 Owner
05-26-2011, 01:46 PM
What would be the best way to change my own oil? Buy an inboard oil change pump or another way? I just dont want to have to pay $120 every time i get it changed.

TxsRiverRat
05-26-2011, 01:55 PM
Buy a drain pan, stick the drain hose through the hole where the plug is, uncap the metal cap at the end of that hose and and let it pour out into the drain pan. Cap the hose and pull back into engine bay. Remove & replace the oil filter. Fill it with oil and check level. Add oil as needed.

X5 Owner
05-26-2011, 01:56 PM
Thanks dude. ive heard of that method before but thought i would ask first. This seems like the simplest and less costly.

Duane D
05-26-2011, 02:11 PM
Does the boat need to be tilted up/back or level for this to work best?

Thx

pmkkdx
05-26-2011, 02:12 PM
Buy a drain pan, stick the drain hose through the hole where the plug is, uncap the metal cap at the end of that hose and and let it pour out into the drain pan. Cap the hose and pull back into engine bay. Remove & replace the oil filter. Fill it with oil and check level. Add oil as needed.

^~ x2 - cost of oil & filter ... I usually do upon return from the lake or use a fake-a-lake to warm up the engine, so the oil is stirred/mixed up and also flows out better than cold/cool oil.

agarabaghi
05-26-2011, 02:13 PM
Does the boat need to be tilted up/back or level for this to work best?

Thx

yes tilt back. gravity works the same with boats =P

pmkkdx
05-26-2011, 02:34 PM
depends on where the hose attaches to the oil pan. If on the rear of the pan, then engine is already tilted with the rear of the pan already being lowest point...

Iskidaily
05-26-2011, 02:35 PM
^~ x2 - cost of oil & filter ... I usually do upon return from the lake or use a fake-a-lake to warm up the engine, so the oil is stirred/mixed up and also flows out better than cold/cool oil.

****** Alert ***** Dumb questions to follow -----> How many quarts, which oil do you prefer?

pmkkdx
05-26-2011, 02:38 PM
typically 5 quarts with filter change ... now, sit back and enjoy the next several pages of opinions on what type of oil ... LOL :D

02ProstarSammyD
05-26-2011, 02:44 PM
Definately warm the engine a bit. I let mine run on the fake a lake for a few min before I drain it through the hull hole. If you don't your going to be waiting 24 hours. With it warm it took about 20-30min last weekend.

TxsRiverRat
05-26-2011, 03:13 PM
I typically change my oil/filter after i ski.

For my 93 PS205, I believe MC recommended a straight 30 weight, but I went with Kyles recommendation and put in a 10w40. This season I put in 5 quarts and looked to be a quart low on the dipstick, so I added to make 5 total.

ariutta
05-26-2011, 03:23 PM
Seems like a simple question I haven't been able to find an answer to--does the boat usually come with this drain hose? Is it stored somewhere in the engine compartment? I have searched for this but does anyone ave a write up with pics how to change? Sounds really simple probably, but this is my first boat and I haven't a clue about changing the oil on a boat, done it on cars many times though. Thanks.

TxsRiverRat
05-26-2011, 03:26 PM
drain hose is inside the engine compartment, attached to the block. there's a brass cap on the end of it.

02ProstarSammyD
05-26-2011, 03:37 PM
Someone once told me it was as option but not sure how true that is. SHould be a hose attached to the engine with a plug in the end

agarabaghi
05-26-2011, 03:38 PM
even my 94 prostar 205 had a hose

Thrall
05-26-2011, 03:40 PM
Or get a drill motor operated pump, they'[re cheap, $10-15 and a few fittings to adapt it to the drain hose and pull the oil out in less than a minute. Also works well for changing the trans oil, put a small, like 3/8 suction line on it.

ariutta
05-26-2011, 03:54 PM
Thanks guys. Hose attached to oil pain with brass fitting was just what I needed to figure this out. Should be a snap from here.

pmkkdx
05-26-2011, 04:01 PM
on my old '83 S&S, it was attached to the back of the oil pain where a oil drain plug would be if the engine was in a car.

teamhowey
05-27-2011, 10:50 AM
Just happening to be changing the oil in my boat when I say this thread, so I took a picture of what you (and future readers) need to look for. Just let the oil drain over night, don't worry about a pump. Changing the oil on the boat (off of the water) is easier than on a car.http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=487&pictureid=3166

wheelerd
05-30-2011, 02:05 AM
Be prepared too with lots of rags in the bilge when you spin off the old oil filter since it will still be full of oil.

nmcjr
05-30-2011, 02:11 AM
Be prepared too with lots of rags in the bilge when you spin off the old oil filter since it will still be full of oil.

I put a ziplock bag around the filter as I spin it off. Then zip it up to take it out of the boat. This typically catches everything but I still put rags down in case. I prefer the vacuum canister from west marine and I attach it to the drain hose. It's fast and self contained and clean. I made a threaded adapter to match the drain hose fitting.

Philscbx
05-30-2011, 09:11 AM
Best way to preserve the funk in the oil pan is change it cold.