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Old 24 April 2007, 05:48   #1
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Checking the oil level on a suzuki DF115


As part of my pre flight checks i like to check the oil level, but i dont seem to be able to obtain an accurate reading. I basically get oil all over the dip stick and no distinct line showing the oil level. this is not helped due to nice clean oil

any tips on when to check the oil level.

e.g. cold engine in water
cold engine on tilt



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Old 24 April 2007, 07:21   #2
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From the manual:

...check the level only when the engine has cooled.

Place the motor in a vertical position...

Pull out the dipstick and wipe oil off with a clean cloth...

Insert dipstick all the way into the engine, then remove it again...

The oil on the stick should be between the upper and lower limits...

(Not from manual - the limits are two holes in the dipstick; try looking against a light-coloured background.)


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Old 24 April 2007, 07:59   #3
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The engine will have to be down for a good 10 - 15 mins for the oil levels to be stable. Often there is a knack with putting dipsticks in - sometimes they scrape the sides of the tube etc so you have to pull them out and insert a different way.
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Old 24 April 2007, 08:10   #4
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many thanks for that. went to the boat this lunch time and finally got a reading.

thanks for the info.

however when i was there i noticed a pipe coming up from the "leg" with a lose end pluged with a plastic bung with cut written on it.

any idea's what this is, where it is normally stored.

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Old 24 April 2007, 15:23   #5
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Its probably the 'pitot' tube which comes from the leg and coan be connected to a speedo which uses water pressure to give a speed reading. Mine just sits under the engine at the front.

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