Thread: Engine Oil in Hull
05-19-2013, 03:22 AM #1
Engine Oil in Hull
First time out for 2013 season.
Prior to launching, I ran my ski on the hose, checked exhaust filter, R&R'd & cleaned plugs, installed anti-seize on the threads, put some blue lock-tite on the ride plate/intake grate bolts (Mal), checked oil level, charged battery, bla-bla-bla.
Prior to storing it for the winter season, I fogged it well, removed the plugs and sprayed some fogging sauce in the cylinders, an extra shot or 2 for V-Man cause he recommended such, and changed the engine oil - which had 10 hours or so on it since the last engine oil change. I did not change the oil filter this time.
Launched, and while waiting for my buddy to show-up and just kinda doing pre-ride checks - I see what at 1st I thought was H20 in the bottom of the hull, nope it's oil (maybe total amount ~ the volume of a coffee cup). I looked around and saw no obvious source. I grabbed a hold of the oil filter to ensure it was snug - and it was ok, got maybe another 1/8 turn on it by hand. I continued to check the oil level during the course of the day - and it looked "happy" each time.
I looked at the valve cover to be certain the rubber gasket was not "rolled" and it looked good.
Soooo, in conclusion, I have no idea what the source of this engine oil is from. When I changed the engine oil - I certainly do not remember spilling oil in my hull, and I did not replace the oil filter this time as it had only 10 hours on it.
Hence, I kindly recommend areas for me to check - please.
Lastly, not having blasted on my ski for many months I will certainly say it was quite the "thrill" to blast on my 300x again. Mal, you are correct - it is indeed a "Machine" and yes Jimmmmieeee - I was smiling all day
Many Thanks Guys !!!
05-19-2013, 06:06 AM #2
Was it new or old oil?
05-19-2013, 09:00 AM #3
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Check the area where the Driveshaft goes into the engine. There are some seals and gaskets in that area. If you spilled that much oil while changing it, I think you would have noticed the mess when you put the Oil Filler cap back on . . . so it's not that.
Also that you got another turn on the Oil Filter by hand indicates that it was loose; see if there is any oil residue where the Filter screws onto the engine. There's not much room there but you should be able to at least get a finger down there. JB
05-19-2013, 05:41 PM #4
driveshaft seal wont be the problem, im guessing loose filter also. if it stayed dry this is further proof you fixed it.
05-19-2013, 05:51 PM #5
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- Jan 2009
Check your oil pressure switch.
05-19-2013, 06:05 PM #6
Excellent guys - thanks for contributing by sharing your knowledge and experience with me.
05-19-2013, 11:34 PM #7
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- Discovery Bay, CA
where my dipstick tube goes in the block on both my ski's has a veeeeery slow drip. try looking there, worth a shot
05-22-2013, 03:36 PM #8
Checked everything you guys recommended...
Also decided to R&R Cylinder Head Cover (Valve Cover) - clean and re-install gasket - adding some "special sauce" to those regions defined in the Service Manual - namely the recessed regions at the 4 corners of the cylinder head (front and back).
Installed new Oil Filter, Checked catch can, oil dip stick tube bolts, oil pressure switch and drive/coupling region.
Ran it on the hose with good results. Seems "drip-free". This weekend's ride will be the ultimate test.
Again Guys - Thanks for your advice/recommendations...
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