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Oil Changing Question

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I am new to inboards (my last boat was an I/O).

In reading the Indmar Manual I see that they refer to a device for changing the oil which does not require the use of a pump ("QuickDrain").

What is advisable? Should I purchase a pump and remove the old oil through the dipstick or should I try to get the device referred to in the Indmar manual?

Also, what do people do to avoid a mess in the bilge when removing the oil filter (I have a V-drive).

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There is usually a 1/2" or so hose with a brass fitting on it if you look on the right side of the engine, near the engine lift point. It should be hanging there on a large silver clip. You then remove the middle plug and simply run the hose as low as you can thru the bilge and THEN thru the hull into a bucket. BINGO...that simple.

The vaccum eliminators like the ones commonly found at Overtons or West Marine, etc...are helpful for sucking out the Vdrive and Tranny. NOTE: The Vdrive takes SAE 30 oil, usually 1 quart and the tranny takes ATF, usually 2 quarts. I usually fill 2/3 or so of the predicted volume and then start checking it.

As for the Oil filter removal, you can get a LARGE 1/2 gallon or so ziplock and once you get the filter initially loose, then just slip the bag over the filter. Pretty self contained and easy.

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