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    Default is this water in my gear oil?

    Hi I drained my gear oil a week ago after a day on the lake (it was previously changed before storage) and it had a murky look to it. I put in this mason jar for 5 days and its been settling. Look like water to you guys?
    Thanks for your help.
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: is this water in my gear oil?

    It does not look good.----Install a seal kit.

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    Default Re: is this water in my gear oil?

    Quote Originally Posted by racerone View Post
    It does not look good.----Install a seal kit.
    Was really hoping you were going to say its all good. That look like water to you?

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    Default Re: is this water in my gear oil?

    He only has decades of experience and is just guessing and likes wasting his time giving people free professional advice....

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    Default Re: is this water in my gear oil?

    thanks that is a super useful comment

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    Default Re: is this water in my gear oil?

    Your answer is in post 2.

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    Default Re: is this water in my gear oil?

    I can't tell anything by those pictures.
    Gear lube floats on top of water. When you open the drain plug on the lower unit, if there is water in the lube, it will come out first (usually pretty clear and easy to see what it is), followed by the lube. If it's just been a few minutes since you've run it, it may appear milky, something like the color of coffee with a lot of cream in it.

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    Default Re: is this water in my gear oil?

    When I've had a little water in the gear lube it comes out like coffee with heavy cream if theirs a lot of water it will drain straight water initially then a mixture of oil / water. That probably is water, you could drain it re fill then run it and re check it. If you take it to a pro they can pressure test the gearcase for you, save you some time diagnosing.

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    Default Re: is this water in my gear oil?

    yeah thanks I am just going to have it pressure tested for peace of mind. From what I have read its far better to just fix it properly over damaging your gear box in the long run. thanks

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