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Old 15-09-2008, 09:24   #1
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Compass Oil

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While working on my auto pilot I managed to spill half the oil out of the autopilot compass. Does anyone know if there is a special oil that should be used for this? It felt like normal motor oil. Does it very by brand? Mine is an Alpha 3000.
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Charlie,

When my compass hemorrhaged years ago I tried mineral oil but it was too thick. I ended up using mineral spirits and it has worked perfectly, but your compass may be different. Any chance of advice from the manufacturer?

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Hi Charlie this is a bit of a recurring thread around here.

Here is a link to a specifi Alpha 3000 thread. One member talks about getting factory help about half way downt eh page.

Alpha 3000 Autopilot Help Needed

Here is a search result to a bunch of threads on compas oil.

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Thanks Dan:

I guess I missed that thread. That was when my father was dying. I've brought the whole thing home so I can trouble shoot it but more likely send it off to be repaired. I saw one on Ebay not long ago that sold for $400. Should have bought it.

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I bought my compass oil from West Marine.
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