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Old 10-07-2013, 04:55 PM
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Engine Oil change at end of season - 6 hours?

What are people's thoughts on whether to change the engine oil if you've only put 6 hours on the boat all season? I routinely change the oil at the end of each season (October-ish). However, this year I only put 6 hours on the boat total (that's a completely different story)and the oil was changed last Oct. 2012.

The only reason I'm asking is becuase it's kind of PITA to change the oil on my boat lift which is where the boat stay all year.

Thanks for the input.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:08 PM
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Save your money. I asked my local dealer the same question last season when I clocked less than 20 hours for the season and he said he wouldn't if it were his boat. I'm sure there will be conflicting opinions coming, but I went with my dealer recommendation.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:11 PM
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Dino or synth... if synth I believe you could leave it. Dino oxidizes faster while the synth is better IMHO. my MCOCD would make me change it either way - oil is cheap - even if it's VR-1 20w-50 Synth...
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:12 PM
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My thought to this is motor oil is usually supposed to be changed by mileage and/or every three months. I guess I would be on the fence with this one too.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:42 PM
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Probably doesn't matter, but I'd change it just so oxidation products and moisture from condensation isn't sitting around in your oil pan. Synthetic vs dino oil is mostly BS. Just use what the engine mfgr recommends. No advantage whatsoever to synthetic in this application.

Why is changing the oil on the lift a PITA? I see it as the easiest place to do it. Take the boat for a spin to warm it up, put it in the lift, put your suction pump/reservoir on the oil drain hose, pull the filter inside a plastic bag, refill with oil. Takes me about 15 mintues.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:53 PM
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CP, you have over 5000 posts and 20 hours in a season? Numbers seem off lol.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:00 PM
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I wouldnt change it with only 6 hours
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:05 PM
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CP, you have over 5000 posts and 20 hours in a season? Numbers seem off lol.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:11 PM
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12 months with the same oil, even with just 6 hours I'd change it.

I mostly say that because you have the L-18.....all the more reason to change your oil.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:23 PM
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Plan on keeping the boat forever or a very long time? Change it. Gonna sell anytime soon? Don't bother, that's what short timers do
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