O.K. had a little scare with the boat/motor Monday night. Was
getting all over it and stayed in it for a good bit of time, then
repeated several times. Following one of these runs, I noticed
my oil pressure drop to about 10 psi. Kinda freaked out and shut
it off coasting in to my trailer. I was right at the Big River ramp
when I noticed it so it only ran a few seconds (literally) before
getting shut down. I wasn't sure if I had sucked my pan dry (done
that a few times) by staying in it too long or what.
Didn't touch it after getting it out of the water. The next morning
I backed down to the ramp and disengaged the jetaway and fired
it off. Pressure was still low at about 10 psi at idle and 20 psi if
gassed. Shut it down right away and pulled it home.
Before tearing into anything I went and bought a mechanical pressure
gauge (normally run a Autometer Ultralite electric). I suspected/hoped
that maybe my sender took a shit on me and although it might still
be sending a signal, maybe not the proper signal.
Fired it one last time at home with the electric gauge and it still read a max
of 25 psi. Removed the sender and connected the mech gauge temporarily.
It seems to be better and reads 25 psi at idle and 50+ PSI when reved
up some. That's about what it's always been.
Here's my question.............never having run a mech gauge I see that
there is a lot of air in the capillary tubing (photo below). Is this normal
and am I getting an accurate reading with this thing?
Thanks for any help. Hoping like hell that it's just a gauge/sender problem.
The capillary tubing and mech gauge is just a temporary deal for trouble
shooting. No intention of leaving it that way.
Oh yeah, motor never made any weird/scary noises. Just the low oil
Thanks for any and all input. Much as I want my stroker, I sorta need
this one to last the summer............fingers crossed
Filter pleats look o.k.