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Discussion in 'Sport Yachts/Yachts' started by Dissapointed, Jul 18, 2018.
I'm under contract to purchase a boat with 2015 Zeus PODS how do you know if these PODS have the newer cartridge seals or the older version? Oil sampled showed 1.25% & 1.37% of water in the PODS, I have been told not a problem by the local Zeus Dealer, but I think any water in PODS is not good.
It's probably condensation. If you ran the drives hard and then sampled, I bet the water percentage would be 0 or closer to it.
Any service records available?
Yes, I do have the service records, they have done all the required services yearly. Since this boat was new it has been docked in a floating covered slip, washed weekly, and Captained maintained weekly.
This boat is extremely clean, looks brand new inside and out. Only issue is small amount of water in both PODS.
I would call the people who serviced the boat and ask as well as call Mercury customer service with the serial numbers and discuss with them. I have found them to be helpful on the phone.
How was the oil sampled? On Volvo IPS the recommendation is to insert a tube into the dipstick hole down into the housing to siphon out oil with the oil warm. How far the tube is inserted I don’t know sitting here. The reasoning is that oil obtained via the drain hole may get contaminated. And this method also requires the boat to be in water and recently used. What causes contamination I don’t know, just that it’s the factory recommendation. But in line with Douglee’s comment above hot oil would definitely have less moisture than at ambient temp.
I believe Zeus pod oil needs to be sampled with the boat out of the water, taken from the access hole located on the torpedo part of the pod.
I didn't see how the sample was taken, but I know it was taken from the engine room. I'm also pretty sure the sample was taken before we left for the sea trial, the engines were idling but not for long when I think the samples were taken.
This is all good information that possibly running the boat then taking the sample might eliminate finding water in the sample. Maybe I can call Mercruiser and find out the correct procedure for oil sampling.
Thank you for the comments.