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ndahlberg12

What brand engine oil in 15 Axis?

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ndahlberg12

Manual reccomends running 15w-40 in the new PCM motors. I need to change oil again and want to do it myself rather than drive it to the dealer and pay $200 and lose a night of surfing.

What oil are you guys running?

I've seem some running Rotella Diesel oil and some running mercruiser.

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boardjnky4

Really any heavy duty 15w-40 should do the trick. The Rotella is a pretty high quality oil. If you have a Marine store around your house you can get the Pensoil Marine stuff. Some walmarts have it too, mine didn't. http://www.walmart.com/ip/PENNZOIL-550022734-Marine-4-Cycle-Oil-1-gal.-15W-40-Bottle/44944676

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wedge88

I have used Rotella 15w40 in my boats / diesel trucks for years and never had an issue.

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dlb

Rotella is probably the most popular answer to the what oil question in this site. I have used it for many years....

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MTT77

You can get Chevron Delo 15w40 at almost any walmart

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DUKENO1

You can get Chevron Delo 15w40 at almost any walmart

+1 what I use, good stuff.

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ndahlberg12

Sent an email to PCM and they responded very quickly and said they prefer and recommend " Shell Penzoil Rotella 15w40"

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Campbell24

I run Rotella 15w40 in my Axis and love it.

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ndahlberg12

So are you guys putting rotella diesel oil in it?

That's all I can find in town

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Fman

Yes it's 15w40 diesel, that is the stuff you want.

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MTT77

My understanding is that's just marketing. Diesel engines use heavy duty oil, so the manufacturers just put diesel on the label.

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boardjnky4

Yep it's just heavy duty motor oil. Typical use is diesel engines so it's marked on the container that way.

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robbennett

Diesel oil for sure. If you up to synthetic it will likely be 5w-40 which would also be fine. We don't run our boats in 20 degree weather so the winter number isn't really relevant.

That said I use Mobil 1 Turbo diesel truck full synthetic and change at 40-50 hour intervals depending on how I use the boat.

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That Guy

So just curious what an oil change runs doing it yourself?

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robbennett

For me using the expensive stuff around $40-45. I could do it with Rotella non synthetic and a cheaper filter for around $20-25.

I do it not only for cost but for peace of mind that everything was done right.

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ndahlberg12

All they had was the expensive filter so that was $12 and I bought 2 gallons of Rotella so that I had some extra - $26.

So about $40.

My only frustaration was my oil drain hose didnt fit out of my drain plug. I was going to let the oil drain overnight after we came home from the lake while the engine was warm.

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boardjnky4

All they had was the expensive filter so that was $12 and I bought 2 gallons of Rotella so that I had some extra - $26.

So about $40.

My only frustaration was my oil drain hose didnt fit out of my drain plug. I was going to let the oil drain overnight after we came home from the lake while the engine was warm.

Don't bother doing that. Just get a pump (there are a plethora of options) and then go to home depot and get the correct threaded -> barbed hose fitting to put on the drain hose. Then attach hose to pump and drain hose and pump it out.. I think it's 1/2" NPT

Something like this. http://www.amazon.com/Derale-98106-Female-Straight-Fitting/dp/B004XOR8JK Bring the cap to home depot and match it up.

The pump I use is similar to this. http://www.amazon.com/Hand-Pump-Siphon-Gas-Liquid/dp/B004107292

You'll just need to be creative at home depot to match up the hoses your pump comes with and the threaded fitting.

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MadMan

My only frustaration was my oil drain hose didnt fit out of my drain plug. I was going to let the oil drain overnight after we came home from the lake while the engine was warm.

I had the same issue, ended up just putting a 90 degree fitting on and a 6" length of copper pipe. I just leave it on for future oil changes.

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