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Pearl. I'm replacing the oil tank on my 1996 evinrude 90hp

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Hi Pearl. I'm replacing the oil tank on my 1996 evinrude 90hp outboard and am trying to confirm if I need to prime the oil after I replace the tank
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jeff G. replied 5 months ago.
You have to prime the system. With the oil line off the engine, squeeze the oil primer bulb until you get oil out of the line, then attach the line to the engine. Once attached squeeze the oil primer bulb until you see oil in the small little sight tube. The oil alarm will sound until oil reaches the VRO with the engine running.Mark the level of oil on the tank.Mix 50 to 1 oil ratio in your fuel and run the engine on the pre-mix as well as the VRO until you are sure you are using oil by the oil level dropping lower than the mark on the tank. Then you can switch back to straight gas.Thanks

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