Originally Posted by ianonhercules
The VD oil level should be checked within a minute of shutdown with hot/warm oil.
As for cold check....verify that level is correct with the hot check and in the morning check when oil is cold and drained down. File a mark on the dipstick at that level and you have your cold check point.
This is a Very good idea. Sounds like Jim Aspel himself telling me when I picked up my newly rebuilt BW from Federal Marine in Chicago. Some engines have a large volume of oil in the cooler than drains back to the tranny when shut down. The transmission will look full with the stick after filling but once running it fills the cooler and lines, and can be starving for oil. Check the level several times immediately after shutdown until it reads full. Some cooler setups can hold a lot of oil. My Perkins cooler holds a lot. when installed mine read full but still took two more quarts after filling the cooler and warming up. It could have been a disaster.