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    Right way to check oil level?!?

    I've heard so many different ways to check the oil level on land and on the hose.

    -Run 30 seconds, let sit 30 seconds
    -Run 1 minute, let sit 30 seconds, oil should be warm
    -Run 2 minutes, let sit 30 seconds, oil should be hot
    -run till operating temp (i have no temp gauge) let sit 30 seconds
    -run 2 minutes, let sit 30 seconds....then check again when cold

    Can anyone tell me the right way to check this?! If its to let it warm up and and the oil should be hot, i'm way over. I need to know the correct way so i don't damage my ski.


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    Level the ski. Check the oil.

    Warming the engine first is beneficial to changing the oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCW View Post
    Level the ski. Check the oil.

    Warming the engine first is beneficial to changing the oil.
    So you're saying check it cold? I've never heard that. Any input anyone?

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    In my 41 years (26 wrenching), I have never known oil to only check correctly when warm versus cold. Auto transmissions yes, but oil? No. Now it may be due to flowing oil through all of the passages and then settling.

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    When I had my Aquatrax I had to give it a quick start first or there would be no oil on the dipstick at all. The shop told me it had something to do with it having 2 oil pumps or some shit like that. Not sure how my Seadoo is...haven't needed to check the oil on it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanr623 View Post
    I've heard so many different ways to check the oil level on land and on the hose.

    -Run 30 seconds, let sit 30 seconds
    -Run 1 minute, let sit 30 seconds, oil should be warm
    -Run 2 minutes, let sit 30 seconds, oil should be hot
    -run till operating temp (i have no temp gauge) let sit 30 seconds
    -run 2 minutes, let sit 30 seconds....then check again when cold

    Can anyone tell me the right way to check this?! If its to let it warm up and and the oil should be hot, i'm way over. I need to know the correct way so i don't damage my ski.
    Out of the shop manual it says....Check the oil level as follows.

    Note: It is of the utmost importance to follow this procedure in order to obtain an accurate reading of the engine oil level.

    . Watercraft must be level. Check oil level either with watercraft in water or out of water.

    . If the watercraft is out of water, link a garden hose to the hose adapter. Refer to Storage Procedure in Maintenance section and follow the procedures.

    Caution: Never run engine without supplying water to the exhaust cooling system when watercraft is out of water. Failure to cool exhaust cooling system may severely damage engine and/or exhaust system.

    . Warm-up engine then let idle for 30 seconds before stopping.

    . Stop engine

    . Wait at least 30 seconds then pull the dipstick out and wipe clean.

    Caution: Never run engine longer than 5 minutes. Drive line seal has no cooling when watercraft is out of water.

    . Reinstall dipstick, push in completely.

    . Remove dipstick and read oil level. It should be between marks.

    The oil level should be between the top and bottom marks on the dipstick as this is the operating range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heckie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ryanr623 View Post
    I've heard so many different ways to check the oil level on land and on the hose.

    -Run 30 seconds, let sit 30 seconds
    -Run 1 minute, let sit 30 seconds, oil should be warm
    -Run 2 minutes, let sit 30 seconds, oil should be hot
    -run till operating temp (i have no temp gauge) let sit 30 seconds
    -run 2 minutes, let sit 30 seconds....then check again when cold

    Can anyone tell me the right way to check this?! If its to let it warm up and and the oil should be hot, i'm way over. I need to know the correct way so i don't damage my ski.
    Out of the shop manual it says....Check the oil level as follows.

    Note: It is of the utmost importance to follow this procedure in order to obtain an accurate reading of the engine oil level.

    . Watercraft must be level. Check oil level either with watercraft in water or out of water.

    . If the watercraft is out of water, link a garden hose to the hose adapter. Refer to Storage Procedure in Maintenance section and follow the procedures.

    Caution: Never run engine without supplying water to the exhaust cooling system when watercraft is out of water. Failure to cool exhaust cooling system may severely damage engine and/or exhaust system.

    . Warm-up engine then let idle for 30 seconds before stopping.

    . Stop engine

    . Wait at least 30 seconds then pull the dipstick out and wipe clean.

    Caution: Never run engine longer than 5 minutes. Drive line seal has no cooling when watercraft is out of water.

    . Reinstall dipstick, push in completely.

    . Remove dipstick and read oil level. It should be between marks.

    The oil level should be between the top and bottom marks on the dipstick as this is the operating range.
    I guess this is the right way.

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    I check mine after each ride when I am wiping down the PWC.

    Putting my son to work

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    Never check it cold.
    Seadoos have 2 oil pumps. 1 on each end of the motor.
    That's why the oil has to be warm or after riding for a while.
    Always idle it for 30+ seconds after the oil is warm and shut it down then check.

    Yes its completely different than checking oil in a car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotxxxsd View Post
    Never check it cold.
    Seadoos have 2 oil pumps. 1 on each end of the motor.
    That's why the oil has to be warm or after riding for a while.
    Always idle it for 30+ seconds after the oil is warm and shut it down then check.

    Yes its completely different than checking oil in a car.
    Thanks! I'm checking it out of the water. How long approximately does it take at idle till it warms up? (no temp gauge) Even though i am hooking a hose up to it, i don't want to overheat the carbon seal.

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