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Nickracer9
03-27-2013, 09:45 AM
Have an 04 xstar and was wondering what I need to grease, fluid change, inspect, replace before the season starts? Thanks everyone!

JRW160
03-27-2013, 01:22 PM
There's an exhaustive checklist in this thread
http://mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=103139&postcount=6

I change the impeller and spark plugs and that's about it. Oil and transmission fluid get changed when I winterize and the batteries are on a charger when the boat's not in the water. It's also a good idea to check out your trailer.

Nickracer9
03-27-2013, 01:47 PM
Are there any grease fittings I need to check on the xstar? Gonna change the impeller and oils for sure.

ttu
03-27-2013, 01:52 PM
there is a fitting on the rudder.

cpr05xtr
03-27-2013, 05:26 PM
there is a fitting on the rudder.

I could not find the one on my 05 xstar......

Jerseydave
03-27-2013, 09:00 PM
Is this boat new to you? If so, do you have any maintenance history on it?

If you have no idea what's been done before, here's what you should look at:

Change oil and trans fluid
Change cap, rotor and plugs
Back-flush trans cooler with a garden hose
Replace impeller
Change fuel filter (it's in the tank but very important to change it every 2 years or you may shorten the life of your fuel pump) These fuel pumps are known to fail early anyway. Never run your boat below 1/4 tank of fuel either...it can burn out the pump.

Unless you see a grease fitting on the rudder port, you have to remove the rudder to grease it. I do this on my '05 every 2 years.

Clean and oil your air filter (spark arrestor) K&N style
Check belt tension and condition.

Hope this helps. got any pics?

Nickracer9
03-28-2013, 10:28 AM
It's new to me but the previous owner changed the oils each season and put a new impeller in too. Need to figure out how to back flush trans cooler. Is there anything else in the steering that needs grease? Where is a good place online to order a fuel filter? Thanks!

cpr05xtr
03-28-2013, 03:41 PM
Is this boat new to you? If so, do you have any maintenance history on it?

If you have no idea what's been done before, here's what you should look at:

Change oil and trans fluid
Change cap, rotor and plugs
Back-flush trans cooler with a garden hose
Replace impeller
Change fuel filter (it's in the tank but very important to change it every 2 years or you may shorten the life of your fuel pump) These fuel pumps are known to fail early anyway. Never run your boat below 1/4 tank of fuel either...it can burn out the pump.

Unless you see a grease fitting on the rudder port, you have to remove the rudder to grease it. I do this on my '05 every 2 years.

Clean and oil your air filter (spark arrestor) K&N style
Check belt tension and condition.

Hope this helps. got any pics?

Dont mean to hyjack the thread but would you be interested in telling me the procedure to remove the rudder?

ttu
03-28-2013, 03:44 PM
Dont mean to hyjack the thread but would you be interested in telling me the procedure to remove the rudder?

see if this helps. i replaced my rudder seal last spring and not a drop now.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=45199&highlight=rudder+seal

Jerseydave
03-28-2013, 05:18 PM
Dont mean to hyjack the thread but would you be interested in telling me the procedure to remove the rudder?

-Place a jack under the rudder with a block of wood so rudder won't be damaged
-Remove cotter pin
-remove pinch bolt on rudder arm. You have to remove the nut and then loosen the bolt because the bolt is threaded into the arm (If I remember correctly)
-remove rudder arm and square-cut key
-lower rudder

Reverse this procedure to re-install rudder after lubing the shaft with waterproof grease
(I use red wheel bearing grease made for boat trailer wheel bearings)

There should be a thrust washer between arm and rudder port...don't lose it.

The pictures in the link above should help too.

Jerseydave
03-28-2013, 05:19 PM
It's new to me but the previous owner changed the oils each season and put a new impeller in too. Need to figure out how to back flush trans cooler. Is there anything else in the steering that needs grease? Where is a good place online to order a fuel filter? Thanks!

Not sure if Skidim has a fuel filter for your boat, but if not call any MC dealer.

Nickracer9
03-29-2013, 01:58 AM
How do I get a hold of him? Thanks everyone!

Nickracer9
04-02-2013, 07:52 PM
Anything else in the steering need grease?