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Registered: ‎09-16-2016

2013 oil use help

I have a new/leftover 2013 e-tec 250.  Model E250DPXADD  Serial 5377710.  It has 85 hours on the engine so far this season.  I took it back to the dealer because I have used 11 gallons of xd100 oil in that 85 hours.  Dealer checked engine to make sure it was set to xd100 and checked the rpm usage/history of the engine.  Majority of engine hours were between 3500-4200 RPM.  The rest were at idle/trolling speeds.  Don't remember exact percentages.

Dealer agreed that the oil use seemed really high for the RPM and engine hours.  He said he was going to contact BRP for ideas.  At WOT the boats RPM is around 5800.

$400 dollars plus of oil a season is really cutting in the boating budget!  The motor does have some black around exhaust port and black down engine halves.  Other than that, engine runs fine.  We do smell a little 2stroke oil smell when the wind is just right.

Just looking for some ideas/help just in case there is a communication breakdown somewhere along the line.



Posts: 177
Registered: ‎10-21-2015

Re: 2013 oil use help

Without exact usage data, one can only provide an estimate.  I would say your oil consumption is not way out of line though.  Assume 1/2 your time spent at 3500-4200 RPM.  That would be 42 hours @ approx. 12 GPH or 504 gallons fuel burned.  Assume an oil ratio of about 60:1 at this power setting = 8 1/2 gal oil consumed.  Other 42 hours around idle speed is 42 hours @ 0.4 GPH or 17 gallons fuel consumed.  Assume 100:1 oil ratio or 0.17 gal oil consumed.  That makes a total of about 8.7 gallons of oil consumed.


While this estimate is a couple gallons off of your observed oil use, it is close considering accurate data is not available for this exercize.  If you believe oil use is excessive, verify that you do not have any No Oil faults.  When a No Oil fault is encountered, the oil pump will pump very rapidly in an attempt to make sure oil is moving into the engine.  A few of these faults can have a big impact on total oil consumption.


Something which is often overlooked is that fuel/oil ratio is not a good number to use with the DI engines.  The fact is that at a given power output, the engine mechanical components require a certain amount of oil regardless of the fuel being burned.  As thermodynamic improvements to the engine are made, reducing fuel consumption, it does not necessarily follow that a corresponding reduction in oil use can be expected.  That mid range fuel consumption improvement will actually make the fuel/oil ratio lower than it was before the fuel consumption decrease.  Way different from the old days of pre-mix!


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Posts: 79
Registered: ‎06-23-2019

Re: 2013 oil use help

are these motors actually set somehow to use specific oils as in XD50 rather than XD100?

Posts: 9,461
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: 2013 oil use help

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Any E-TEC can use the XD100 oil at any setting.

  The HO models and the G2 models do not have a "less oil" setting that can be changed by a dealer.

Those motors that do have a "less oil " programming feature set by a dealer then can ONLY use the XD-100 unless the engine is reset for TC-W3. 

At the TC-W3 oil setting, the motor can run any one of the 3  Evinrude outboard oils or any certified TC-W3 oil from various producers.




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