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What are you guys using for oil on your 5.7's

DanD2DanD2 Posts: 633Member ✭✭✭
How many hrs on your boat?
What Brand Oil?
Synthetic or Mineral?
Viscosity?
Volvo / Merc?
2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342

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  • randy56randy56 Newburgh INPosts: 2,284Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2017
    Mercury 4-Stroke FC-W SAE 25W-40 Synthetic Blend Engine Oil, is my first choice, second is, Mercury Quicksilver 25w-40 , have used both in the past, is it really necessary I don't know if it is any different than others oils.  Have also used straight 50 weight Pennzoil. in the past, Never had engine problems. But now I just stick with Mercury 25w-40 oils,  to be safe.


    Boat Name : Knot My Prolem

    2003 - 270
  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 3,624Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I use the Merc 25w-40 Synthetic blend that Randy mentioned above. I also use the Merc High Efficiency oil filter (Part #35-858004Q). I change the oil every fall and write the engine hours and date on the filter.
    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA
    Go Steelers!!!
  • tk1973tk1973 Lake SimcoePosts: 99Member ✭✭
    I just did an oil change yesterday with the Mercury 25-40 blend and Mercury filter. 

    Have to return the fuel filter they gave me though. Need the cool fuel one. 
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 1,437Member ✭✭✭✭
    Same for me. 25-40 Synthetic Blend Merc.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 4,359Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Rotalla T-6 10-40 now. 

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • DanD2DanD2 Posts: 633Member ✭✭✭
    Hmmm....everyone is using 40......my volvo manual states 20w/50 or 15w/50. Same motor as merc, wonder why the difference
    2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342
  • reneechris14reneechris14 Pawcatuck river CTPosts: 1,642Member ✭✭✭✭
    335 hours 2005 342 350 horizon Merc  Mobil 1 15w/50 and the merc filter. Change today. Only put 35 hours this year oil still looks new. See what at looks like in a container.
    2005 Rinker FV342  Pawcatuck river,Ct
  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 4,359Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm a big fan of the WIX XP series filters (for synthetics)

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 1,889Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2017
    I am using the standard quicksilver 25w-40 and this filter. Just changed oil and filters yesterday.



    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • USCG1USCG1 West KyPosts: 3Member
    use the Merc 25w-40 Synthetic blend
  • DanD2DanD2 Posts: 633Member ✭✭✭
    Definitely going with the Wix XP filters. I've been using those for a couple of years now.
    Years past I've been using Mobil 1 0w-30 and my oil pressure has always been low. One motor would idle around 35, the other 25ish. At cruise, both were around 40. I decided to go to Quaker 15w-50 this time and my oil pressure is higher. Idle is 40 on one and 35 on the other. Cruise is 60 - 50 respectfully. I'm happy with that. Oh by the way, I've got around 650 hrs on my motors and the oil still looks very clean.
    2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342
  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,464Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I used Wix with my 390Hp 383 stroker. However, with my 2014 502 Magnums I was won over, after some lengthy conversations, by Mercruiser's specifically designed (not jobbed-out) High Efficiency Filter PN 858004K. Mercruiser (and techs I trust) say that its synthetic medium is superior to other brands and that the internal check valve retains oil prevent total drain down which eliminates the "water-bang" type of effect of oil under pressure hitting an empty filter and also helps prevent start-up clatter from an oil delay due to a drained-down filter.
  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 3,624Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I use the same filter that @Michael T mentioned above. One thing that I do is write on the filter the hours, date and how much oil I put in the engine at the change.
    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA
    Go Steelers!!!
  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 1,889Member ✭✭✭✭
    I use the same filter that @Michael T mentioned above. One thing that I do is write on the filter the hours, date and how much oil I put in the engine at the change.
    Thats a pretty good idea! I may start to do that. 
    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • BellevilleMXZBellevilleMXZ Ontario,CanadaPosts: 730Member ✭✭✭
    Volvo 5.7 MPI    390 hrs    Rotella T6 5/40 oil     Mercury Racing High Efficiency 35-881126K01 filter. Oil analysis came back very good last year with a round 50hrs on it. 
    2005 Rinker 270 FV Volvo Penta 5.7Gi
  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 4,359Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I put a label on the oil filters, gas filters and fuel/water separator filters with the engine hours at replacement.  Also put a label on each spark arrestor cover and on the genny cover for the oil amount w/filter. 

    My 350 MAG MPI's only take 4 wts w/filter. Anything more overfills. 

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • McGarnicleMcGarnicle Posts: 111Member ✭✭
    Rotalla T-6 10-40 now. 
    Sorry to bring back an old thread but I’m having issues finding T6 10-40 anywhere, only 5-40. Is 5-40 okay to use? 
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 2,065Member ✭✭✭✭
    Pretty sure my mechanic is using Quicksilver 25-40.

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • McGarnicleMcGarnicle Posts: 111Member ✭✭
    I’d like to go with a full synthetic, 5-40 just seems very thin and my buddy thinks I’ll get a drop an oil pressure coming off plane. Another option is Amsoil 15-40 that a local store has in stock 
  • 212rowboat212rowboat Posts: 2,176Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 15
    just a note....

    5w-40 and 25w-40 are the same weight.  40 weight.  the W implies the weight in winter service on start-up and is a compound oil.  at one time compounds were considered inferior to straight oils, and due to the fact they sheared to whatever weight the base oil was (not 40, but depending on the derivative/class of oil used in the base such as dino in a group 1-3,  or ether found exclusively in a group 5).  

      DanD2 said:
    Hmmm....everyone is using 40......my volvo manual states 20w/50 or 15w/50. Same motor as merc, wonder why the difference
    bearing clearances.  if you're being told to run 50w it's a good idea to do so.  the shear weight of the oil comes into play, and it's importance can't be ignored.  shear is described in this case as the ability to cling to hard parts- the gap in the bearing cap is designed to hold a certain amount of oil to provide 'padding' to the moving parts.  in a perfect world, the metal never touches but instead rides on that skin of oil... if you run lighter oil or an oil without the ability to cling (shear) to the metals, you're going to wear parts much quicker. 

    also, the weight comes into play while considering the type of hydraulic lifter used... lighter oils prefer lifters with tiny ports, so it doesn't drain down too fast if at all on a resting engine.  some lifters designed for heavier oils will have a bow tie shaped port that exchanges oil quickly when the engine runs, but doesn't bleed down too fast when the engine stops (preparing/protecting for restart).  

    there is a lot that goes into oils.  the easiest way out is to use what's recommended.  
  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,464Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    .....as well the appropriate oils can resist the huge temperature spikes that can occur sporadically in an engine and will uphold lubricity whereas an inferior (less appropriate) oil for the application will vaporize and leave metal to metal contact.

    .....and the more often an oil is heated to hot performance levels the more likely it is to shift to its lowest base viscosity.

    .....as 212 states use the oil recommended for your application.
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