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#11126101 - 09/24/15 09:33 PM I got a slight delema
Kens3313 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/05
Posts: 2147
Loc: Conroe, TX
Getting boat ready tonight to head to Rayburn early in the morning and decided to check the lower unit oil since I havnt checked it in about 4 months. Pulled the bottom plug and about 6 drops of clean looking water comes out kinda slowly, I crack the top plug and greyish thick oil comes out with a good amout of real fine metal shavings in the oil. I have a 97 mariner 225 EFI with a aftermarket SEI lower unit that ive had for about 6 years with no problems. Whats weird to me is why its not chocolate milk looking if it has water in it. Im thinking it will be fine to go fishing tomorrow just wont run big motor very much. What would yall do? Fish or no?


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#11126112 - 09/24/15 09:38 PM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Kens3313]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 2191
Loc: Arlington
same thing happened to mine. the water will seperate from the oil. it had a bad seal.

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#11126115 - 09/24/15 09:39 PM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Kens3313]
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Loc: Saginaw,TX
I would drain it and look for big chunks or flakes if it is just like graphite looking put fresh oil in, pull prop and check for line around shaft and run easy, recheck after fishing trip.
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#11126125 - 09/24/15 09:43 PM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Kens3313]
Kens3313 Offline
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Loc: Conroe, TX
Ok if it has line around the prop is the seal easy to change out? I change seals out at work but never have messed with lower unit seals.
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#11126196 - 09/24/15 10:07 PM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Kens3313]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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Leaking seal is pretty common. Last one we had was cause the shaft was slightly bent and eventually wore the seal enough to leak.

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#11126211 - 09/24/15 10:14 PM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Kens3313]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/14
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Loc: Arlington
you need to do a pressure test to see where leak is otherwise you are just chasing it. a simple bicycle pump, hose and soapy water is all you need

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#11126228 - 09/24/15 10:21 PM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Kens3313]
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Registered: 12/11/04
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Loc: Weatherford
Change the oil
Go fishing and worry about it when you get back
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#11126326 - 09/25/15 12:25 AM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Fish Killer]
cephusjoe Offline
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Registered: 04/02/13
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Originally Posted By: Fish Killer
Change the oil
Go fishing and worry about it when you get back


+1 you'll be fine this weekend... ASAP after that
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#11126379 - 09/25/15 05:44 AM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Kens3313]
Jigfish Offline
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It worked this long. change the oil and go fish.
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#11126458 - 09/25/15 07:07 AM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Kens3313]
the skipper Online   content
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Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 1953
Loc: nederland, TX
I change mine at the end of winter every year. Fishing in cold water will cause condensation build up one everything warms up. Not saying you don't need to get it checked but I have seen that before.

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#11126565 - 09/25/15 08:10 AM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Kens3313]
Ken A. Online   content
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Registered: 10/02/06
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Loc: Trophy Club, TX
You have to pull the prop shaft to change out the seals and O-rings. It's a pain but you can most likely do it. Like the guys have said, it might have been fishing line (braid is horrible) getting around the shaft and eating up the seal or you may have a slightly bent prop shaft.

The shaft doesn't have to be out of round by much either.

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#11126717 - 09/25/15 09:05 AM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Jigfish]
Rudy Lackey Offline
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Loc: N. Richland Hills Texas USA
Originally Posted By: Jigfish
It worked this long. change the oil and go fish.
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#11127309 - 09/25/15 12:53 PM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Kens3313]
nitroslim Online   content
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Registered: 06/30/07
Posts: 1575
Loc: Ft. worth
change oil, fish, take to shop.

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#11127321 - 09/25/15 12:59 PM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: the skipper]
Fish Killer Offline
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Registered: 12/11/04
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Loc: Weatherford
Originally Posted By: the skipper
I change mine at the end of winter every year. Fishing in cold water will cause condensation build up one everything warms up. Not saying you don't need to get it checked but I have seen that before.


Hmm, I'm just the opposite. I change mine every fall right before it gets cold. My theory is I want to make sure there is NO water in it when its getting below freezing.
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#11127482 - 09/25/15 02:17 PM Re: I got a fishing delema [Re: Fish Killer]
fish 4 5 Offline
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Registered: 10/12/10
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Originally Posted By: Fish Killer
Originally Posted By: the skipper
I change mine at the end of winter every year. Fishing in cold water will cause condensation build up one everything warms up. Not saying you don't need to get it checked but I have seen that before.


Hmm, I'm just the opposite. I change mine every fall right before it gets cold. My theory is I want to make sure there is NO water in it when its getting below freezing.


This, change before it gets cold. But I do use all winter. Just peace of mind there is no water in lower unit heading into winter.
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