Thread: oil change problems...
10-21-2007, 11:33 PM #1
oil change problems...
changed my oil today, my ski at about 80hrs, about 40 this summer season, couple of problems
1) that tiny oring under the cover is a joke, cut mine while prying up the cover, anyone find a replacemnt for cheeep? mcmaster carr,graingers have orings like 30 for 1 dollar, we need to find an alternative to a 7 dollar o ring!!!!!
2) my newer aluminum oil filter cover has a flat spot around the outer lip. why? it exposes a small section of the filter housing upper edge, is there some way i should be lining up this flat spot? i could not find a flat spot on the housing. seems to seal fine, but i am worried about that smal exposed edge of the housing sealing lip corroding?
3) i found 1 or 2 super tiny metal shavings in the old filter, i mean like you could fit both of them inside the eye of a needle at the same time. but they were metal shavings. should i be worried? my SC is working good and my RPM's are strong at 7610-7650, for my 03 GTX SC that is top rpm's.
so what are the metal shavings from... do you think its normal to see a few tiny tiny ones??
4)my oil was low , i pumped out about 2.5 quarts. put back in 2.5 quarts. but i had to add about another full quart to get the oil level back inbetween the bends in the dipstick. thats 3.5 quarts of new oil. but i was running the ski about 1 quart low. do these skis burn oil? if it was underfilled all season from the dealership, or got low as the season progressed, did i do any damage running 1 quart low? i did noitce the oil before the change was still on the tip of the dipstick, but well below the bottom bend, i didnt know it was indicating a full quart low!!! just thought it might be slightly low and i could adjust fill after the end of season oil change. well i did adjust the fill level and now its good!! any damage??
5) did i mention that crappy o ring? somebody get a micrometer and measure the diameter of the ring itself, and then the diameter of the cover sealing lip, should be easy to find a replacement, even if the stock oring is flat( i couldnt tell it was so small) a small round oring wil work just as good, this oring doesnt do any of the major sealing in the oil filter setup, just acts as a outer seal on the cover to housing interface. i dont have a micrometer or i would do this myself, i got all the catalogs though!!
i'll be happy to buy a bag of 20 or thirty and mail them to all my GH.net friends for the cost of a postage stamp!!! 7 bux is BS
10-22-2007, 12:08 AM #2
heres a pic of my housing cover, it really has the flat spot as shown on the left side of the pic, anyone know why??
if someone can paste a copy of this pic into my thread it would be appreciated. sorry for the source of the pic, its the largest one i could find.
10-22-2007, 08:04 AM #3
yes there's supposed to be a flat spot... no it has no significance at all.
yes you will find metal in your oil filter, that's what it's there for.
no you didn't do any damage being a little low on oil... it's POSSIBLE you burned some oil over those 40 hours, or it's possible it was low from the get-go.
10-22-2007, 04:42 PM #4
If it means anything to you, I screwed up my little o-ring on the very top as well, and I pulled it off and put back the cover and ran it. I was going to replace it but was 30 miles from the dealer........
I did not have any oil leak out, and I ran it all day WFO. Looks like the other seal on the cap holds just fine. Maybe the little seal is just a back up or something........
Are they really $7??????? WTF!!
10-22-2007, 04:53 PM #5
don't pry use a pair of channel locks and wiggle the cap back and forth it will save the o ring and your sanity
10-22-2007, 06:50 PM #6
thx guys, that flat spot had me worried. and i agree that little o ring does nothing, except maybe prevent the two peices from corroding together.
10-23-2007, 09:35 PM #7
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sea doo oil
is too expensive........dealer talked me into 10.00 a qt synthetic for my gti 10 hr change................what is a good alternative for me.................thanks
10-24-2007, 07:24 AM #8
10-24-2007, 09:09 PM #9
hey 97, do a board search for "RXP oil"
your ski is not supercharged, so you could use a good synthetic oil.search "N/A oil" n/a is for normally aspirated.
alot of people use castrol GTX 10w40 for $2 a quart.
might not be the absolute best , but it is proven and good oil for a really good price.
next year do your own oil change!!!!!! its really easy!!!!
10-24-2007, 09:17 PM #10
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Alex: this is an easy way to get off the oil filter cap:
find a screw or bolt that has a washer built into it, you know what I mean, something like a hex head self driller. one that the head just fits thru the hole in the top of the cap where the hold down bolt goes. grab the screw/bolt with a pair of vice grips, insert screw/bolt into hole, move screw/bolt over so you catch the edge of hole and gentle pull upwards, pops off everytime without fuss...PR...
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