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Old 05-05-2010, 10:11 AM
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Default 1996 Evinrude Vindicator 200 HP

My mechanic told me I burned up my #3 piston and ruined most of the cylinder walls because my oil pump went out. Do I need a whole new block or just the power head and pistons. I'm trying to save myself some cash by finding the parts I need used. Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:52 AM
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I'll take a crack at this. I would buy a rebuilt powerhead, transfer your tried and true electronics, and mix your own fuel. You didn't get a no oil alarm when it died? The learning curve would be pretty steep and expensive trying to mess with the burned up powerhead. I run a 96 evinrude 200 myself and your vro failure makes me nervous.
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Old 05-05-2010, 02:44 PM
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I didn't get any kind of alarm before it burned up, but none of my gauges were working at the time either. I will never trust the vro ever again. I will be pre-mixing.
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:56 PM
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from what little experience i have, i hvae heard that the vro is not something you want to rely on. i have a evinrude 88 and i only premix.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:04 AM
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I know this is A-1's page, but a long time marine mechanic said to replace the oil pump in the tank & fuel/oil pump every 10 years. Do this and not have to worry about premixing.
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:05 PM
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I really like not mixing the fuel but I'll put it on my to do list. Once I sort out the electronics. I have a spare system check tach if your interested. Those warning light are priceless IMHO.
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