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It is getting oil. 1987ish something 3.0L SeaDrive (OMC). After idling for several minutes the oil alarm will go off. Not sure if it quits when I throttle it because I never tried that. However, she smokes good, uses oil so I am 99.9% sure it is getting fed (VRO).
I was cleaning up some wiring the other night and noticed there is two wires coming off of the top of the oil res. which I had obviously seen before. But, I followed both wires. One goes to that main fuse box (same one with big 50A fuse and tilt trim limiter) and the other one turns out is loose!!!!
It looks as though it was supposed to go to the console but I am not sure where, why, and how. Maybe goes to VRO? I haven't looked for another connector that looks like it is missing a wire but I will tomorrow.
Is any of you guys familiar with wires coming from the oil res and where they are supposed to go? I downloaded a factory Sea Drive manual but the wire diagram I cannot read where the wires go from the oil reservoir. It is vague when it comes to "component" wiring.
I hope I was clear and concise as to my issue.

Thank you very much gents
 

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I had one that would do the same thing periodically. Mine only did it under power best I recollect.
If I remember correctly...this one is the complete opposite. It does it at idle but I don't think it does it while cruising... Either way, I think that this loose wire should have a home??
 

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dunno about the wire I know some can have float level malfunctions and clog if you mix brands of 2 stroke oil a lot. The VRO is the FIRST thing I bypass on any older engine. If I add oil to the gas I know its getting in the engine. Seen too many end up destroyed by a failed VRO pump.
 

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I started mixing mine last year after a random over oiling issue. Glad I had an extra set of plugs in my toolbox. It is obviously going to use more oil by pre mixing but my motor has ran better than it ever has.
 

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dunno about the wire I know some can have float level malfunctions and clog if you mix brands of 2 stroke oil a lot. The VRO is the FIRST thing I bypass on any older engine. If I add oil to the gas I know its getting in the engine. Seen too many end up destroyed by a failed VRO pump.
I wouldnt mind doing that and MIGHT feel better about it but I know that VRO has very little hours in fact it may have one hour on it. And she smokes good, like a good two stroke should. It is also a 140 gallon tank and that would hurt my arms after a while dumping gallon after gallon of two stroke oil :)
Seriously though, I am, if nothing else curious to find out where that wire is supposed to go. I see your point about not blowing up the motor because of VRO failure but I would really like to keep it. At least I know the alarm works and the limp mode works
 

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I started mixing mine last year after a random over oiling issue. Glad I had an extra set of plugs in my toolbox. It is obviously going to use more oil by pre mixing but my motor has ran better than it ever has.
Yeah. I might pre mix until I get this figured out and go through the VRO to triple check oil is being fed to the beast. I know when I had my bass boat I removed that VRO because previous owner cut all wires to it so alarm and limp mode were inop. I just premixed (easier in 18 gal tank) and she ran great, just smoked more but I didn't mind
 

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After your recommendations I have decided to remove the VRO (that is, remove it from service) and premix. I know premixing will be more work and a hassle but Id rather do that than ruin a good 225.

Thanks for the good advice. might have saved my motor
 
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