oil and filter for a 1999 mercruiser 3.0L 135HP engine?

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  1. nickelbn1

    nickelbn1 New Member

    7
    May 12, 2016
    Arkansas
    1999 Sea Ray 180 bowrider
    3.0L Mercruiser
    I am buying a 1999 sea ray with a 3.0L mercruiser 135hp engine in it tomorrow and I want to change the oil and filter right away before heading to the lake but there is no manual with the boat that I know of. Can anyone tell me the type of oil this engine takes and what the part # is for the oil filter? prefer to just get a FRAM or something from walmart if possible. THANKS!
     
  2. nickelbn1

    nickelbn1 New Member

    7
    May 12, 2016
    Arkansas
    1999 Sea Ray 180 bowrider
    3.0L Mercruiser
    I may have found it...a FRAM PH30? OEM part #14957. does that sound right?
     
  3. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Don't get the Fram. Junk. I've seen the inside of these too many times - even personally seen a couple where the pleats were not fully glued together - allowing unfiltered oil to go right past... thereby defeating the purpose of a "filter". There's even an old saying about Fram: "Friends don't let friends use Fram". :smt001 Your boat is too important to try and skimp and save a couple of dollars once a year.

    The Merc oil filter for you engine is about $10 - pretty cheap insurance to make sure you get the right thing... especially as it's only once a year. You may find the Quiksilver brand at Walmart - it's the same thing as Merc (Merc "branding" can only be sold at Merc certified stores). Same goes for the oil.

    Now, that's not to say that Merc is the be-all-end-all of filters and oil. They're not. But it does make it easy to know you're getting the right product. Mallory and even Sierra are good alternatives for filters. I don't know if Mann or Mahle makes marine oil filters, but I would trust them in a heartbeat.
     
  4. nickelbn1

    nickelbn1 New Member

    7
    May 12, 2016
    Arkansas
    1999 Sea Ray 180 bowrider
    3.0L Mercruiser
    quicksilver part #??? type of oil I need?
     
  5. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    I don't know the part number, offhand. I think there is a parts catalog on Merc's website - you can check that out. I have no idea if the number crosses to QS. But the filter box will say something about 'for use with 4cyl and V8 engines'. The oil is 25W-40. You can get the syn blend, if you want, but it's not necessary for your engine.

    Are you doing the lower unit gear oil, too? Don't forget to get new seals.
     
  6. nickelbn1

    nickelbn1 New Member

    7
    May 12, 2016
    Arkansas
    1999 Sea Ray 180 bowrider
    3.0L Mercruiser
    After this weekend I'm replacing the impeller and gear oil.
     
  7. blaster

    blaster Active Member

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F150 5.4 xlt 4x4
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    Make sure to use the Merc high performance gear lube, it's blue. Don't use the outboard gear lube. Walmart has all the stuff you need, except the impeller. You can order that online or from a dealer.
     
  8. tony357

    tony357 New Member

    141
    Jun 15, 2015
    Tuckerton NJ
    searay 200SR cuddy
    4.3 merc
    gm short filter, fram ph30, merc, 14957, 54111,32716 omc, 173232, Volvo penta835440-9, sierra 18-7824

    you can also use long filter ph13, merc 52731, 35-16595t1, 35-802885Q, 14957, 0mc 502901, 173233, Volvo 430143-8, sierra 18-7876

    mercruiser oil is 25-40

    If you have a napa close by get a wix filter or napa gold I use them all the time great filters. Napa also has their own brand of marine fuel filters including the racor and diesel filters. I can even get the air filter for Volvo diesel from them.
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2016
  9. nickelbn1

    nickelbn1 New Member

    7
    May 12, 2016
    Arkansas
    1999 Sea Ray 180 bowrider
    3.0L Mercruiser
    thanks!
     
  10. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Strictly as a note for clarification, the regular gear lube (it's not specific to OB or I/O) CAN be used in an Alpha drive (not Bravos). It is a little less expensive, BUT I do typically recommend the high-perf stuff (synthetic) since it can deal with some water intrusion, whereas the dino oil can not.
     
  11. nickelbn1

    nickelbn1 New Member

    7
    May 12, 2016
    Arkansas
    1999 Sea Ray 180 bowrider
    3.0L Mercruiser
    Is the gear lube SAE 80w - 90?
     

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