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Old 29 December 2007, 11:38   #11
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If you bought a secondhand engine a couple of years old (as we have just done) how would you know which hydraulic oil is inside the steering or trim? does it matter?

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Old 29 December 2007, 18:02   #12
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If you bought a secondhand engine a couple of years old (as we have just done) how would you know which hydraulic oil is inside the steering or trim? does it matter?

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Errrrr, so if you found it to be the wrong grade, would you leave it at that?
This stuff costs a few quid a litre
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Errrrr, so if you found it to be the wrong grade, would you leave it at that?
This stuff costs a few quid a litre
But how would you know if it where the wrong grade?

By touch? If it worked then I would suspect most people would leave it well alone and would only check to top up with the correct stuf.

I guess that if you wanted to be prim and proper then you would drain all the oils from the boat and replace them with something that you knew to be right.
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Old 29 December 2007, 18:28   #14
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But how would you know if it where the wrong grade?
To find out the spec. of oil in the steering system of a used boat, I would firstly ask the previous owner, or alternatively, the person who had serviced/maintained it.

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By touch? If it worked then I would suspect most people would leave it well alone and would only check to top up with the correct stuf.
The point here is whether you should knowingly mix different grades of oil in steering or trim systems. If you found your system to contain an obviously wrong grade oil, would you leave it at that? Personally, I would drain it off and fork out a fiver for the correct stuff.

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I guess that if you wanted to be prim and proper then you would drain all the oils from the boat and replace them with something that you knew to be right.
If I found the systems had been topped up with the wrong grade, then yes, I would. The cost of doing so would not spoil my New Year.
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My point is that I doubt that many would ask a seller or previous owner what oils he's been using on your new pride and joy, and to expect them to tell the truth that they have been using anything other that the proper stuff.

My "prim and proper" statement wasn't aimed at those that knew the oil was the wrong stuff, it was aimed at the majority that couldn't confirm and where concerned about what oils had been used.

I would suspect that most second hand boat owners either rely on the sellers own word or written evidence of services carried out and wouldn't question the boat until something went wrong.

I guess the lesson is do it yourself: If in doubt then, drain the system and replace it with the correct known replacement.
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Andy, got any Teleflex hydraulic fluid left? looks like I need a cup full and don't want to use any old stuff.

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I've got some EP90






Yes mate, how quick do you need it?
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Old 31 December 2007, 12:32   #18
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Just the job.......
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Old 31 December 2007, 12:40   #19
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Just the job.......
Its oil isn't it

Seems we are no the only ones to be asking these questions,

http://www.rodnreel.com/forum/post.a...lternatives%3F

and

http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...art=1&posts=13



Andy will give you a shout tomorra,
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Its oil isn't it ...
Oil, yes, that's the stuff.

Any leftover can be used for cooking your eggs in the morning
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