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Mate
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎07-01-2018

90 E-Tec low oil alarm after dealer gave okay

We just bought a 2013 pontoon with a 2013 90 HP E-Tec.  The previous owner lives in another state and said that the low oil alarm had sounded earlier this year so before selling it, he wanted to get it taken care of.  The authorized service technician stated that he "could not get to fail.  Found the plug for oil pump part way unplugged.  Oil primed okay".  

 

The previous owner picked it up from the marina yesterday and met me to have the bill of sale notarized.  I brought it home and put it in the water this morning.  My wife moved it from the ramp to the slip at no wake without an issue.  We later took family out and after about 15 minutes, the low oil alarm sounded.  I removed the cowling and the oil was full.  The motor has less than 90 hours on it, and every time I started it today, the alarm sounded and the light stayed on.  The previous owner said he thought the warranty runs out this month.

 

The lake we are on is 90% no-wake, and I did not take it in the speed zone with the issue.  I'm not sure what taking it to the dealer will do since they couldn't find the issue. 

 

One, if I confirm there is oil in the reservour, will any damage be done?  And two, any ideas on what could be causing this?

 

Thanks - LJ

Admiral
Posts: 7,054
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: 90 E-Tec low oil alarm after dealer gave okay

From your description of the situation, it appears that the LOW OIL sensor float is either sticking or has some other abnormality and giving a false alarm.

 

 

 


"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
                    -- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald 


 



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The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.

The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.


Mate
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎07-01-2018

Re: 90 E-Tec low oil alarm after dealer gave okay

Thanks for the post.  I'm going to call a local authorized dealer this morning as I think that's who can transfer what's left of the warrenty.  Anything I can do to remedy without pulling the boat?

Admiral
Posts: 7,054
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: 90 E-Tec low oil alarm after dealer gave okay

Be sure the bill of sale has the serial number on it when you show it to the dealer for the transfer of ownership registration.

 

 

 


"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
                    -- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald 


 



***************

The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.

The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.


Captain
Posts: 131
Registered: ‎08-20-2017

Re: 90 E-Tec low oil alarm after dealer gave okay

Highly unlikely but just a thought. There was a remote oil tank kit that came out in 2015? Primary for pontoon applications, the engine oil tank would have a sticker on it indicating fill level about 2" down from the top of the tank.
Mate
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎07-01-2018

Re: 90 E-Tec low oil alarm after dealer gave okay

Thanks for the reply.  I don't have the remote oil tank but I'll look more closely for the sticker today.  I was up to the boat yesterday and right after the system runs through the prestart check, the low oil light comes on.  When I start the motor, the alarm sounds for 10 seconds.  After reading as much as I could find on the issue, I did the winterization process thinking maybe there was an air bubble.  After, still had the same result with the light and the alarm.

 

While I'm up today, I'll check the wire connections and look for the sticker.  Absent any miraculas discoveries, I need to take the boat to the dealer where it will sit for 2 weeks until they can get to it.

Admiral
Posts: 7,054
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: 90 E-Tec low oil alarm after dealer gave okay

You may want to try to have a factual non-emotional discussion with the dealer management. On a new engine, most reputable dealers will bend  over backward to get their customer going again soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 


"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
                    -- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald 


 



***************

The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.

The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.


Mate
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎07-01-2018

Re: 90 E-Tec low oil alarm after dealer gave okay

No decal or tag referencing an external tank. 

 

On the positive side, I took the boat out today and was able to take the boat at full throttle for the first time and the low oil light went out.  We were pushing to beat the rain.  Will try to get out on it a few more times to see what happens over the next few days.

 

I appreciate everyone's input.

Captain
Posts: 131
Registered: ‎08-20-2017

Re: 90 E-Tec low oil alarm after dealer gave okay

There is a low oil light and a no oil light.
The no oil light is is triggered by the oil pressure sensor and the winterization procedure could help that to clear air bubbles.
Yours is the low oil light which is only an oil tank level indication triggered by the float in the oil tank. As long as there is oil in the tank it is ok to run the engine with the low oil light on. It could be caused by a problem with the tach, wiring, or the tank float. Check that the plug on the back of your tach is snapped in place. The buzzer can be unplugged to eliminate the noise. If your engine sees an overheat or no oil condition it will protect itself by going into a low rpm s.a.f.e. mode.
I have a pontoon series 90hp on my boat and check the oil level every time I use it. Never really tracked it but seems like I top off the oil about every 60 gallons of gas.