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RO# 24397

Posted - Jan 09 2012 :  07:34:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just remembered that I didn't add oil back after draining the oil as I was winterizing. I didn't have a funnel at the time and didn't want to get oil everywhere. Any problem leaving it without oil over the winter? 5.7 Volvo GS




RO# 842

Posted - Jan 09 2012 :  08:09:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
no, but put a big sign on the dash so nobody starts it.


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RO# 13885

Posted - Jan 09 2012 :  08:41:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by pdecat

no, but put a big sign on the dash so nobody starts it.
[/quoteAnd Disconnect the batteries

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RO# 2006

Posted - Jan 09 2012 :  10:04:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would make a trip down to the boat with a funnel and oil, a sign is not enough. Put the oil in to prevent a costly issue!!!

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RO# 32846

Posted - Jan 10 2012 :  08:22:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not a big deal unless someone starts the engine. The oil sits in the drain pan anyway over the winter. You should be fine.

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RO# 16492

Posted - Jan 10 2012 :  08:40:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you go to the boat to check on it for any reason during the off season and can get to the engine, I'd fill it. Just keep the oil and a new funnel in your car. If not, and assuming you have the key on you and not in the boat, put the key in a bag and mark the bag with a reminder note.

I have "seacocks closed" reminder signs on my dash and ignition key slots in the cabin that go on Saint Max after winterization.


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RO# 24397

Posted - Jan 10 2012 :  10:07:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks all. I'm confident that I will have the proper reminders that i won't start it before adding oil. I just wasn't sure if there was some other potential problem like rust or condesation so I think I am good to go.

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RO# 14

Posted - Jan 10 2012 :  17:30:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Actually I have the opinion that you should change your oil before you pull the boat and run it at least several minutes with the new oil. The reason is because you change the oil because of the contaminants in it and those contaminants are on all those shiny metal parts inside the engine. I like to distribute the new oil so the inside is coated with clean oil for the winter.

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RO# 32833

Posted - Jan 13 2012 :  12:54:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Stephen is RIGHT, change oil at end of season, then run for a few minutes to lube everything with
new CLEAN oil

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RO# 19429

Posted - Jan 13 2012 :  20:27:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Funnel ?? I always pour one quart then cut the bottom out of the quart bottle . . . .instant funnel. That assumes you bought quarts :)

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RO# 10314

Posted - Jan 16 2012 :  11:27:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Put oil in it. Memory can be bad and one less thing to do in the spring. Remember it will take a few seconds for the oil pressure to come up because the oil has to get pumped through the filter, unless you pre-fill it.

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RO# 12563

Posted - Jan 16 2012 :  18:32:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Change the oil and filter. Restart the engine and check to see if there are any leaks. Shut down and check the oil level. Restart and let the engine come up to operating temp and check the hoses. No leaks or weepy fittings? Good. Then winterize the engine.

If you do this every year, you won't need sticky notes on your helm telling you that there is no oil in the engine. Sorry, but if you want to preserve the investment you have in your Wellcraft, you have to do these things properly, every year, no matter what. Not having a funnel isn't an excuse.

My response to your post isn't meant to be vindictive or nasty. Winterizing (as I write this it is 15 degrees here) is very important. Your Volvo engine and drive will only last as long as you take care of them.


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RO# 18025

Posted - Oct 11 2012 :  12:00:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Put the oil in it. Hell I forgot to open my seacock to my engine after changing the impeller once and that was only 15 minutes later. You know your going to forget!


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Edited by - Starry Night on Oct 11 2012 12:01:26

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RO# 31042

Posted - Oct 11 2012 :  12:21:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hope he got it figured out after 10 months... :-)

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RO# 3300

Posted - Oct 11 2012 :  15:30:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
+2 for Stephen et al.

Another reason, old oil has contaminants that, along with water condensation, turns into acid over time. Can etch your bearing faces. Maybe not much the first time...but after 5 winters...


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