Q: What maintenance is recommended for my stabilizers?
A: Every 2-3 years during haul out, the lower shaft seals should be changed. These seals keep sea water from intruding into the intricate components of the stabilizer actuators. Every 5 years the system oil & pressure filter should be changed. During regular engine room checks monitor proper oil level and oil temperature.
Q: What should the oil temperature be?
A: The average temperature is 120-150 degrees , however the system is not considered to be overheating until 180 - 190 degrees.
Q: What kind of oil do I use?
A: For mechanical gyro controlled systems use 10W40 motor oil. For systems controlled by the Multisea electronic control use a 10 weight 32 viscosity hydraulic fluid.
Q: Where do I monitor my oil level and oil temperature?
A: On front of the reservoir tank (AKA fluid conditioner) is a thermometer. Surrounding the thermometer is the oil level reading with a high and low mark on the tank.
Q: Where do I add fluid to my system?
A: There is a fill cap located on top of the reservoir tank.
Q: What are the 2 gauges for on my mechanical gyro system and what should they read?
A: The upper gauge is the gyro pressure gauge and should read 400-600 psi (you will only show pressure in the "on" mode). The lower gauge is the system pressure and this should read approximately 1200 psi.