Yesterday I decided I was going fishing. It was 8 degrees outside in the morning. I got out on the water and dropped the trolling motor in the water and started fishing. My hydraulic jackplate wouldn't move after about 30 minutes of fishing tried again and it started working. I started my outboard and let it idle for a few minutes, when I got up on plane the no oil alarm went off and the motor died. There was no knocking of pinging noises. Gave it a few minutes and started it back up and took off again. I got no alarm, but was running around 3500 RPM and the RPM dropped on its own to about 2000 and started running alittle rough so I shut it down again. After another hour of fishing or so I tried again and it ran beautiful the rest of the day. I was getting pleanty of water pressure, I was seeing plenty of smoke coming from the water and could smell the 2 cycle. Was it just too cold and the oil was too thick? Can your oil pump freeze? I have never seen this before on this boat, but I have also never had it out in that cold of temperatures.
What oil are you using in the oil tank? In winter time climates below 32* a swap over to XD-100 is recommended on the DFI motors. It wouldn't hurt for you to swap over to it either if you intend to fish in the cold weather. The oil in your jack plate probably suffered the same issue.
I have been using the quicksilver premium you can buy at walmart. Is that something I should not be using and if so what should I use? I want my motor to last and if there is something better I will buy it. My motor is has 6 carbs on the front is that a DFI motor?
As stated, XD-100 is a full synthetic oil and is won't thicken like a TCW-3 dino oil in sub freezing temps. Quicksilver premium PLUS is a semi-synthetic blend along the lines of BRP's XD-50. Through testing in the colder weather on the direct injected motors (DFI) it was found that the XD-100 formula oil eliminates the no oil issues and flows freely at temps below 32*.
Your motor is a carbed motor. By switching to the FULL synthetic oil (XD-100) you will not only avoid false no oil alarms but also help reduce carbon build up in your motor as the xd-100 produces no ash. At the very minimum I would burn either XD-50 or QuickSilver Premium PLUS in the motor. Hope this helps.