While motoring last weekend I noticed a significant vibration in my helm
(wheel) that I had not previously encountered. My first instinct is that I might have an issue with the rudder
. However, when I returned to my slip I noticed a pool of oil
on the cabin sole
near the access door to engine
. It appears that I overfilled the oil
when I last changed it and oil was spraying out of the breather hose. (Google told me that this could potentially cause a run away situation if excessive oil is pulled into the air intake; which THANKFULLY did not happen!). I, of course, will correct the oil level and then determine if helm
vibration continues (this weekend, weather
permitting!) but until then, can anyone weigh in as to the likelihood it was the excessive oil pressure that was causing vibration in the helm? Or should I be prepared to tackle a rudder/propulsion problem?
I had taken the boat out once before since the oil change
and do not recall
the vibration; but I did not motor
for nearly as long and had much calmer conditions.
As always, thank you all for the continued help.