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    2012 VX Cruiser first oil change.....wtf???

    So I did my first oil change at 8 hours, oe oil & filter. Got it warm, sucked the oil out and marked on the container the exact amount that came out. I emptied the container and filled it with the new oil to the exact line and refilled after changing the filter. I did NOT add any more oil to compensate for what was lost from the filter, as I figured I would add that as needed after the fact. Before I changed the oil, the dipstick read 3/4 full cold. Once warm, it read just a hair over full. After I did the oil change and warmed it back up, I was waaaaay over full. How is this possible? I put back less than what was lost and now it reads more? I work on cars for a living, so I do have a clue to what Im doing, but this is puzzling me. Its my first 4 stroke ski and Im hoping someone here knows something I dont! Any help is appreciated, I dont want to ruin my expensive air filter over this.


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    Was your ski level when you last checked the oil ? It makes a big difference. I put a level across the engine cover to be sure.

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    Yep, getting a good oil level reading can be tricky on PWC.
    We live on a lake, so I have found that it's easiest for me to get the most accurate readings by reaching operating temp and then pulling the ski up into the shallow water, get off the ski and then check the oil with the ski free-floating perfectly level in the water.

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    This was done on my level driveway and I put a level on the ski and trailer.....so, we can rule that out. See why Im so confused by this???

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    I thought it was just me. I did the very same thing on my first oil change on a VX Cruiser and never did figure out what the heck I did wrong. I have changed oil on plenty of vehicles including various PWCs but the VX got me.

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    I haave the same problem on my SHO. My mechanic sucked out the oil and replaced exactly as much as he sucked out. Next season it started reading WAY over full. Turns out the tube for the dipstick shifted down causing false reading. I've also noticed throughout the season the skis will occasionally read a little low only to read overfilled the next time I check them. I think for me it depends how far onto the drive on dock I have the ski. Using your oil change method seems more reliable than actually usuing the dip stick.

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    i haven't had that problem yet, i change the oil twice and both times replace filter, it always take a full gallon to be just a hair below the full mark.

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    i haven't had that problem yet, i change the oil twice and both times replace filter, it always take a full gallon to be just a hair below the full mark.
    A gallon? I used about 3.5 qts with it warm as can be and sucked out every drop I could and it still shows overfilled

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    Quote Originally Posted by 91e30181 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mikegp View Post
    i haven't had that problem yet, i change the oil twice and both times replace filter, it always take a full gallon to be just a hair below the full mark.
    A gallon? I used about 3.5 qts with it warm as can be and sucked out every drop I could and it still shows overfilled
    i have suck out exactly one gallon. and i have done it twice. maybe is the tool you are using? not reaching all the way down into the engine?

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    On the VX if you were showing 3/4 full on the dipstick with the engine cold, your ski was overfilled from the very start. Typically you won't even see oil on the stick when the MR1 engine is cold.

    Bottom line: You started with an overfilled engine, replaced the same amount of oil and ended up with an overfilled engine.

    You can't really get this engine hot enough on the hose to get an accurate reading.............yea I know what is says in the manual, but running it on the hose will only get you in the ballpark. I shoot for a level 1/2 way on the stick on the hose, then take it to the water, and ride for at least 20 minutes like YoYamma said. Then get off with the ski on the water in a calm place (the water ensures the ski is perfectly level). Now when you check the level the engine is at operating temperature and you get the most accurate reading. Keep in mind that you can repeat this test a day or weeks later and get a different reading. It all has to do with how the oil is circulated through a dry sump system. So, after a couple of checks on the water you will get an idea of where the level is at. I always shoot for 1/2 way on the stick...........never to the full mark.

    Disclaimer: This does not apply to the SHO. If you have a problem with the SHO, which is a wet sump system...........more like a car, then the problem is that you either not putting in the same amount of oil you took out, or you didn't measure things correctly.

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