Looking to change gear oil in my alpha one drive..
Is there a difference between normal motor oil a marine oil apart from the price, I have heaps of different types of oil in the garage for bikes, cars etc
I cant see why marine oil whould be any different when its doing the same job?
The only think i need to know is what weight is recommened?
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29-04-13, 19:16 #1
Gear oil for Mercruiser alpha one?
29-04-13, 19:23 #2
29-04-13, 19:26 #3
Hi, Thanks for the reply.. Do you know what the recommened oil is?
29-04-13, 19:27 #4
The manufacturer recommends oil that meet certain properties and are specifically designed for the use (eg. tolerant to moisture).
You may skip the engine manufacturer private label oil, but should stick to recommendation. Even for gear oil (which is not engine oil).
29-04-13, 19:32 #5
29-04-13, 19:35 #6
Im not to worried about the cost, I just didnt want to spend money when i could have used something i already have! Will get on the case and go to my local marine supplies and get the good stuff!!!
29-04-13, 19:38 #7
Are you changing the lube yourself James? presume you know about filling the Alpha One (gen II?) from the lower drain hole if you are? Are you changing the impellor whilst you're at it?
29-04-13, 19:44 #8
I only bought the boat this year and was told it was serviced and didnt need another service untill end of season, i wanted to change the gear oil as a peace of mind. Yes i will be doing it myself but i wont be changing the impeller just yet. Im not sure if it Gen I -II was made in 1992 if that helps?
29-04-13, 19:54 #9
29-04-13, 20:00 #10
Beware! In this specific case, using something else is not a matter of saving a few quids, but rather of saving the outdrive.
We discussed that in this previous thread:
...and you can find much more about that in the offshoreonly US forum, if you're interested.