Two Benefits of Synthetic Oil

Two Benefits of Synthetic Oil

When comparing synthetic oil to regular mineral oil, there is no doubt that synthetic oil is superior. But when synthetic oil can cost double the price of regular mineral oil, it’s important to consider whether the benefits of using synthetic oil apply to you. There are two main benefits that synthetic oil holds over mineral oil: ability to withstand heat, and flow better at cold temperatures. Heat is what breaks down oil, and at some point, forces the oil to lose its lubricating properties which necessitates an oil change. The first few seconds following ignition are some of the most important for engines. If the oil in your engine freezes, it can cause serious damage to the engine. Synthetic oil, unlike mineral oil, will not freeze.

The best reasons to use synthetic oil are during extreme conditions of heat and cold. For outboard motors, which run at high heat most of the time, synthetic oil like Evinrude XD100 or Evinrude XD50 oil will increase the performance and longevity of your engine.

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Bring Home an Award Winner

Bring Home an Award Winner

There are several oil brands on the market and it would be terrible to suggest that some might be lesser than others. But did you know that Evinrude oil was awarded with the title of “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Two-Stroke Engines” by J.D. Power and associates.

J.D. Power is a long running certification program that utilizes consumer satisfaction data and their approval has been the lynchpin for many companies. Now, Evinrude can boast this nod from one of the leaders in consumer reporting. But why just read the report. Applying the usage of Evinrude in your boat or motorbike may have an improved performance; after all, J.D. Power and associates wouldn’t lie about that.

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Interesting Facts about Oil Composition

Interesting Facts about Oil CompositionMost of us can name a handful of machines, devices, and engines that use oil, but what’s less well known is oil’s chemical makeup. Crude oil contains about 85% carbon, making carbon the most dominant element. This is also why gasoline, which is refined from crude oil, emits significant amounts of carbon when burned. The other chemicals in crude oil include about 12% hydrogen, and trace amounts of nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and metals like iron, nickel, and copper.

There are dozens of different products that are made from crude oil including paraffin wax candles, plastics, and asphalt. In addition, all kinds of fuels are refined from crude oil, including gasoline, kerosene, and jet fuel. Crude oil refined through a different process is also used to lubricate engines; standard motor oil, boat motor oil, and two stroke oil is made from crude.

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Two Stroke Engine Exhaust

Two Stroke Engine Exhaust

The earliest two stroke engines were renowned for their raw power but also for their high exhaust emissions. Evinrude/Johnson, one of the leading manufacturers of outboard motors, replaced their inefficient fuel injection technology with the new E-TEC direct fuel injection technology in the late 1990s. This new technology was the first outboard motor technology to win a Clean Air Excellence Award from the American EPA. Now Evinrude/Johnson’s two stroke engines all utilize direct fuel injection technology for cleaner emissions.

In addition, using evinrude XD50 oil or Evinrude XD100 oil in your two stroke engine will decrease its exhaust emissions. Hybrid-synthetic and synthetic oil provides several advantages over conventional mineral oil, thus using either of the oils in the Evinrude XD synthetic series will help you do your part for the environment!

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Switching from Conventional to Synthetic

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When switching from conventional oil to synthetic oil in your outboard motor, there is one central precaution of which to be aware: you can’t switch back. Synthetic oils, like the Evinrude XD100 oil, offer increased performance and are friendlier to the environment. However, synthetic oils also cost more than conventional mineral oil, and it’s important to note that the switch, if made, is permanent. The additives in synthetic oil replace all of those in conventional motor oil, but synthetic oil also contains different molecules. These molecules work to preserve the condition of your engine while synthetic oil is being used, but if mineral oil which doesn’t have these molecules is used after the engine has adapted to synthetic, the absence of the molecules can cause engine damage.

It’s important to make sure you can consistently use synthetic oil if you switch to it, otherwise, you risk permanent engine damage and ultimately, buying a new outboard motor.

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Outboard Motors for your Dinghy

Outboard Motors for your Dinghy

For times when there isn’t a dock present, it’s nice to have a dinghy to avoid swimming or wading to shore. Rowing out to your boat in your dinghy can be exhausting, and there’s nothing worse than having to row to shore after day of boating. Whether for leaving shore or heading into shore, it’s great to have an outboard motor for your dinghy. Though you will want an outboard motor sized to fit an inflatable craft, maintenance for smaller outboard motors doesn’t differ from your standard boat model. Evinrude outboard motors are great for smaller craft as they’re easy to maintain; you just need to check the Evinrude outboard oil levels every so often, and change the oil filter and spark plugs.

When using your dinghy, ensure your outboard motor is secured to the craft, and that it is submerged correctly in the water. If your dinghy happens to deflate a little, the outboard motor can change levels in the water.

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Simple Marine Engine Oil Changes

Simple Marine Engine Oil Changes

One of the simplest methods to change the oil in a marine engine is through use of a marine oil pump. Marine oil pumps are made by several different manufacturers, though often the most used are Evinrude oil pumps. Changing the oil on your marine engine or outboard motor is necessary task, but with a marine oil pump it can be accomplished in about 15 minutes. When using an oil pump, the pump attaches to the drain hose of your boat via a small connecter. The oil will drain for about 10 minutes or sometimes longer, and turning on your engine while the oil is draining can speed up the process. If you do turn on your engine, make sure to have a water supply feeding the impeller, and disconnect the propeller before turning on the boat.

Once the oil is drained, simple refill the engine with your choice of motor oil, check to ensure the proper amount of oil is inside, and you’ll be ready to go the next time you take your boat out on the open water.

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Winterizing Your Outboard Motor

Winterizing Your Outboard Motor

When storing your boat and outboard motor during the colder months, it’s important to winterize it beforehand, as this will help it to remain in top condition. You’ll need outboard motor oil (Evinrude XD 100, Yamalube 2S, Yamalube 2M, whatever your preferred brand is), an oil filter, a water hose, gas treatment, and grease for the lower unit. The first step is to hook your hose up and combine the gas treatment with a gallon of gasoline. Run the treatment through the engine until the motor stops, it often takes about 20 minutes. When this is complete, drain the motor oil, remove the oil filter, and replace the filter and the oil. Next drain the lower unit grease, and replace it, you should also grease the prop shaft.

The last step is to grease the wheels of your trailer so they don’t seize up or freeze during the cold weather. Congratulations, you’ve successfully winterized your outboard motor!

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Synthetic and Hybrid Synthetic Oils

Synthetic and Hybrid Synthetic Oils

Oil became an ever more precious commodity with the advent of the Industrial Age, and since the early 1900s, with the mainstream production of the combustion engine, mineral oil has been necessary for all kinds of day to day errands, travel, and jobs. Because engine manufacturers realized long ago that the world’s oil supply would not last forever, they began research on synthetic oil. Though most owners of cars, boats, or machinery still use mineral oil today, synthetic oil and hybrid synthetic oil have become available to the general public. Synthetic oil is oil that is created with no mineral oil, and despite popular belief, it works just as well as mineral oil in most machinery (though you shouldn’t switch between mineral and synthetic). Hybrid synthetic oil contains both synthetic and mineral oil, an example of this would be Evinrude XD50 oil used for outboard motors.

The main difference between synthetic, hybrid synthetic, and mineral oil is cost; in general synthetic oil is the most expensive followed by hybrid synthetic and then mineral oil.

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Two Stroke Versus Four Stroke Engines

Two Stroke Versus Four Stroke Engines

When it comes to outboard motors, there are two essential categories: two stroke and four stroke. Both of these engine types have advantages and disadvantages, and the choice will depend on how you intend to use your outboard motor. For example, two stroke engines accelerate more quickly, and are faster. Two stroke engines are also often cheaper and tend to withhold their value during resale. Four stroke engines provide a smoother ride and are more economical. Because they move slower, four stroke engines are quieter and also cause less harm to the marine environment.

Four stroke engines are a bit newer in the market, and thus improvements are still being made frequently. Also remember with both kinds of outboard engines, you will need to special Evinrude oil, which is formulated for both two stroke and four stroke outboard motors.

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Oil Leaks in Outboard Motors

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When you turn on your outboard motor in or out of the water, you might notice a small amount of oil dripping out. Despite the implications of a busted engine, this doesn’t often spell disaster. When you haven’t used your outboard motor for a few months, or throughout an entire season like winter, there will often be a few drips of Evinrude outboard oil, or whatever brand you happen to use. It should stop dripping after running your outboard motor a couple times. If the problem persists, it could be an indication of a real problem.

Though the diagnosis can differ, your problem could be a leaking gearcase, or it’s possible that another essential component has a leak. Unless you’re comfortable with maintenance, it’s best to take the outboard motor to a professional at that point.

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Switching from Conventional to Synthetic

Evinrude-Johnson-oilWhen switching from conventional to synthetic oil in your outboard motor, there are a few potential issues of which you should be aware. First, recognize that once you start to use a synthetic oil, it’s near impossible to go back to a conventional oil. This is because synthetic oils swap themselves with the plasticizers in the seals; should the synthetic oil come out, the seals will shrink and crack because the plasticizers are gone. Depending on the type of outboard motor you own, using a full synthetic, like evinrude XD-100, can be better than a partial synthetic like evinrude XD-50. You should always be mindful to check with the manufacturer or consult an expert before switching.

Amongst synthetic oils, evinrude oil is one of the most renowned brands, with a proven track record of successes, and much preferred by outboard motor owners.

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