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    oil level verification procedure...........

    I recently found out you cant get an accurate reading if ........(on a cold motor) you start and run on hose for 30 seconds shut off then wait 30 seconds and look at dipstick .............SO HOW LONG DO YOU WAIT until you run for 30 shut off then wait 30 and check........im so frustrated with this dumb procedure to check oil............WHY MUST YOU HAVE THE ENGINE HOT !?!?!? IT doesnt make any sense............the only way i know to get engine temp up to operating temp is to ride the dumb thing..........in manual it says NOT to run more than 5 minutes on hose because of some seal............SOOOOOOOOOOOO how do you get engine up to operating temp if you cant run more than 5 minutes???????/ will engine be up to operating temp at 4 minutes........or 4.5 minutes....................HOW DO DEALERS DO IT???????????????THANKS.....IM VERY PISSED CAUSE I FILLED UP MY OIL TODAY THINKING IT WAS LOW ONLY TO FIND IT WAS TWICE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT..................(DID I DO DAMAGE TO MY ENGINE????????????????)


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    sorry if it all sounds stupid but i really need to know..........

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    First level the ski, I use a carpenters level.
    I run it on the hose for about 3 minutes.
    I rev it up to 4500, and shut it off, wait 30 seconds.
    Check the oil level.
    If high, suck some out and check it again after 30 sec run.
    If low add some and check it again.

    Some dealers have a water tank that they can run it in the water up to full oper temp.
    Most do as above or do it cold because they know from experience exactly how much came out and they put that much back in...it's close enough. I always check my level when the dealer does it and it is always just a little full.

    If you put too much oil in it will just effect the top end and acceleration, no damage.

    Running it longer than the 5 minutes causes the carbon seal on the driveshaft to over heat and can sink the ski when on the water.

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    Check it on the water after the ski sits for a few minuites after a short ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2005cdoorxp View Post
    WHY MUST YOU HAVE THE ENGINE HOT !?!?!?

    Because oil expands as it gets hot.

    You check your oil with a hot engine.

    Let it idle 30 seconds
    shut engine off and wait 30 seconds
    Check the oil

    You want it midway between the two bends on the dipstick.

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    One thing that has me curious.....

    If after I check the oil level on a hot motor....the oil reads perfect on the stick...I then let it sit over night so that everyhting is nice and cool. I should be able to check that level...and just remember it no?

    If say...after all the previous was done...the dip stick reads the bottom bend.....that would then be the benchmark for proper oil level in a cold motor. And once everything was warmed back up again...the oil would read between the bends as per instructed.

    No?

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    I guess that theory could work I've changed my oil so many times that I don't even check the level anymore. I do the change procedure the same way every time and put the same amount of oil back in every time. My magic number is 3.3 qts. Never an issue

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddyRXP View Post
    I guess that theory could work I've changed my oil so many times that I don't even check the level anymore. I do the change procedure the same way every time and put the same amount of oil back in every time. My magic number is 3.3 qts. Never an issue
    I do the same thing Bryan and it's always 3.3 qts too

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    how come it is only 3.3 qts?? is this all that you are able to syphon from the sump?? i thought a completely dry motor held more like 4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by monaroman76 View Post
    how come it is only 3.3 qts?? is this all that you are able to syphon from the sump?? i thought a completely dry motor held more like 4?
    Because you cannot suck out ALL of the oil.......

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