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How to Change Oil in an Outboard (Video)
Video demonstration on how to change the oil in your outboard engine, presented by Walleye Workshop. ... read more

Video Transcript

Hi, welcome back to I'm at the point here, with the engine hours, where I need to change my oil. We meant to do it a couple of weeks ago at 80, but I'm up to about 95 hours now. So changing the oil on a Verado is very simple.

First thing you need to do, tilt your motor all the way up that way if there's any oil trapped in the engine it will give it a chance to drain down into the sump. You only need to do this for about a minute, then you tilt it back down and you can get started with the rest of the oil change. But as long as we've got it up, make sure you know where the oil drain is on this throttle, it's right up here under the plate above the cavitation plate. So that's the oil drain, pretty simple you just uncork that dude and drain it right into the oil pan and surprisingly it comes out with very little mess if at all. I'm going to trim this motor down and we'll get started.

Okay, just before we pull the drain plug we're going to go ahead and take the top cowling off. Now this giant motor has two separate cowlings. You've got the top and you've got this back panel back here. We don't need to remove the back panel to change the oil. It's a pretty simple operation.

Alright, I'm ready to drain the oil. Like I showed you earlier, the drain plug is right under here, under this surface here. The nice thing about this job is the only tools you need is a 12mm wrench and a filter wrench. The 12mm wrench will go right on the drain plug. Make sure you turn it the right way. Once you get it loose, get a hold of it with your hand. You don't want it to drop and fall down the hole in your catch pan. So once you feel that thing starting to break free, just pull your hand out of the way, guide your catch pan right where it needs to be. Make sure your gasket's still here on the screw and not stuck up here, because that could end up falling off down the drain and you won't have a gasket.

One of the tricks you can do, if you don't have enough room under your skeg, lower your jet stand in the front of the boat. That brings your skeg up and you get your catch pan under real nice. Okay, with the oil still draining down in the catch pan, we're going to go ahead and take the oil filter off. Now filters are kind of mounted upside down and they're located on the starboard side of the motor, towards the front, come off pretty easy, easy access. Just use the filter wrench. You don't have a filter wrench, run up to Napa or any of the hardware stores and get yourself one. You don't want to tear it up trying to get it off. Because it's mounted upside down like this, most of the oil drains out the filter before you pull it off so you don't end up with a big mess in your garage. That's it, as simple as that, dirty problem filter.

Okay, now all we have to do is throw the new filter on. What we need to do first is oil up the bottom side of this gasket with clean oil, not the dirty stuff that came off there. Now we're ready to install. I just got a bottle of oil here, just get my finger down in there, make it all nice and slick, just install the filter. One thing about the filter, as soon as it gets snug, as soon as that gasket touches that housing surface, you're 3/4 of a turn no more. You can see the label here, I'm just going to turn this around till the label's approximately facing forward around the boat. That's about 3/4 of a turn, all done.

Okay, we've got the oil drained. We've got the filter on. Now we just have to get the plug back in the oil drain and we'll go on top, and we'll fill the oil. This motor takes 7 liters of oil. Alright, now we've got the plug back in, the filter's on, the next thing we do here is just load the load the Verado with oil. The oil fill is located on the rear of the motor, on the top, that yellow button, that yellow knob. Don't forget to put that back on. I'm going to use a filter, or else you don't want oil spilling all over the place. But before you put any old filter on there, wipe it down nice and clean. You don't want any foreign material getting down into your engine.

Okay, like I said, it takes 7 liters of oil. So that's… this is a 4 liter bottle, so I'll put one of these in and most of the rest of the second bottle. You need a ladder for this job. To get any of the oil that's kind of stuck in the part of the block down under the sump, like it's recommended in the manual, tilt the motor all the way up for about a minute. That should settle it out, then tilt it back down. The rest of your oil should be in the pump, or in the sump rather, then go check your dip stick.

Alright, the motor has set up for about a minute so now we just have to check the dip stick to see where it's at. The dip stick is just inside, portside of the motor, the big round yellow handle, you can't miss it. You look there's a cross hatch section on the dip stick, this is the section we want the oil to be in. You don't want it over, you don't want it way at the bottom, somewhere close to the top, doesn't have to be all the way to the top. Get the dip stick all the way back in, then pull it out. We're still a little low, the oil might need to settle a little bit longer.

Alright, we must have done a good job draining the oil because it took all of 7 liters to get that oil up into the cross hatch area of the dip stick. So that's good though, we got rid of all the old oil, now we've got brand new oil in it. We're good to go for the next 100 hours or a year of use, whichever comes first.

One of the things recommended in your manual, is to run the motor for about 5 minutes while you're in the water or hook up a hose to it on the hose attachment on the side of the motor. Run it for about 5 minutes and make sure you're not leaking any oil around the oil seal. So we're going to go ahead and fire it up, one of my favorite things to do in the garage.

Alright, so that's it. We ran the motor for about 5 minutes or so. No leaks around the oil filter, that's the purpose of running the motor for 5 minutes in the garage or in the water. Basically, everything I showed you here is in the manual word for word. Always, always refer to your Owner's Manual and put in the recommended oils for your model, the recommended filters. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, take it to your dealership. They'll be more than happy to change your oil for you.

Well, that's it for this week. Don't know what we're doing next week. Mike's been out of town goofing off at the lake and woods with Mark Rumba, but we'll figure something out. Thanks for watching. See you.
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