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Maximus posted 04-06-2005 08:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for Maximus   Send Email to Maximus  
I am planning on pulling my Montauk 170 out of hibernation this weekend. I've got a question regarding the 4 stroke maintenance.

The marina that winterized the motor last season did not change the oil. I can't remember the excuse, but for some reason, the engine was fogged, lower unit oil changed, prop shaft greased, and undercowl area sprayed down. I ended up changing the oil and filter later.

Is this oil that I poured in last October okay or should I change it out and replace with fresh oil? The concern would be regarding the accumulation of water (condensate) in the oil.

The boat is stored in a garage in the North East.

jimh posted 04-06-2005 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If any engine has to sit for several months without running, I'd rather it sit with fresh oil in it than with contaminated, used oil.

If the oil has acquired any water content, it should evaporate as soon as the oil comes up to temperature after a few minutes of running. I'd start the engine and run on the oil it has now. Change it later, after you've put 50 hours on it.

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