What if I find metal in the oil?

How bad is metal in the lower unit fluid or oil?

The answer is in the size of the metal. If it is fine like hair it’s probably somewhat normal and is could be coming from shifting the lower unit. When you find pieces of metal larger than a broke pencil tip, then it’s time to tear it down and figure out what is wrong. This should be done before a catastrophic failure occurs.

Call Joe!