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Old 08-25-2005, 07:53 PM
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Default engine wont trim down

Went to take my boat out this afternoon and couldnt get the engine to trim down into the water. I could hear the hydraulic pump but the engine didnt move in either direction.

The engine is a 98 yamaha 200 saltwater series.
I've only had the boat for 3 months but a few times I did notice a very small amount of oil or fluid in the engine well under the engine after being trimmed up for a period of time.

Excuse my ignorance and thanks in advance for any help that you can offer.
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Old 08-25-2005, 08:14 PM
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I don't see any way for trim oil to get into the well. I equally do not see a reason for the motor to not come down if the pump is running. Going up ? Yes but, down ? No. Was the engine transom locking bracket out of the way ? I realize this is very basic but,???
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Old 08-25-2005, 08:29 PM
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It's a 20' grady so when the engine is trimmed up the cowling sits over the boat. I thought this area was called the engine well but I might be wrong. Sorry for not explaining it well.

Since the pump seems to work could the problem be a lack of fluid? How do I check it or add it?
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Try using the tilt control on the engine and hold it down until the the piston thingeys go all the way in.

Then it might tilt down.

I had the same problem last weekend with a boat I just bought. Once the pistons were fully retracted the tilt mechanism worked just fine. Before that I could hear the tilt motor running but the motor just laid there like a big lazy beast.

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I have the same engines. Sounds to me like you are low on fluid. On the back of your engine, on the starboard side, there is a plastic cap on the reservoir. Open that and inject some tilt/trim fluid into it until it is full.
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Yup...you're right. Added the fluid and it works fine now.

Thanks for all the advice....probably saved me the cost of a mechanic. Thats why this board is so great!
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