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Old 05-28-2019, 08:35 PM
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Thumbs down Verado 275's NEED ADVICE

I personally am not a marine mechanic, so I am looking for any help that I can get. Last April, I bought a 2008 Triton 351 rigged with Trip Verado 275's that had been upgraded with whipple supercharger stage 2 kits. The just hit 300 hours and started to have some thermostats going bad and such, so I decided to have the 300 hour service done at the shop. Took it in and they tell me I need a new power steering pump because they lost power steering on the test drive. Went ahead and had them put it on, and then I get a call asking when I could pick it up. The next day, I get a call telling me the port engine threw a rod through the lower unit, the center engine is blown up, and the starboard did not pass a leakdown test. Is this BS? One day it is fine and the next we have all these issues? They have since guessed that there was an over fueling issue that caused this. Does any of this make sense to a marine mechanic? Please Help...
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Please tell us all the name and location of this place so everyone knows to stay away from these crooks.
Old 05-28-2019, 09:11 PM
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Pick up your boat and move on.
Old 05-28-2019, 09:47 PM
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Pick up your boat and move on.

You mean get it the hell away from that mechanic!
If they damaged his motors its not gonna be that simple if he wants them help accountable, unless hes prepared to eat the check.
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300 hour service turned into a failed steering pump, lower unit and an engine? They called to ask when you could pick it up and then the next day it had a lower unit and engine failure? How? Were they joyriding in your boat after the original job was completed?

All I can suggest at this point is to document everything that occurred and find yourself another dealer.
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I’m not sure what “ threw a rod through the lower unit actually means” . Did the gear case explode?
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Yeah, uh... I would definitely be headed that way and find out what happened.. I am sure that someone can hook up to it and ind out what happened when these "failures" took place..
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Originally Posted by fireisland1 View Post
I’m not sure what “ threw a rod through the lower unit actually means” . Did the gear case explode?
LOL... I was thinking the same thing. Makes zero sense.
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there is no "rod" in the lower unit...maybe the OP misunderstood?, or the mechanics are attempting to take advantage of a novice. either way, none of this makes sense.
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Unfortunately those whipple kits could mean those engines were run hard. But I would get that boat to another dealer, but it might be the same story.

Overfueling? that means running rich or fuel hydrolocked?
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Originally Posted by fireisland1 View Post
I’m not sure what “ threw a rod through the lower unit actually means” . Did the gear case explode?
He never explained what he said happened real well. At first he said a rod went through the case. Then he said well since it was a saltwater boat, there may have been chips inside the gear oil and which got stuck in the gears and caused it to chip the gear and go through the side of the lower unit. So basically he’s guessing that’s why there is a literal hole in the side of the lower unit.
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Originally Posted by avalonandl View Post
Unfortunately those whipple kits could mean those engines were run hard. But I would get that boat to another dealer, but it might be the same story.

Overfueling? that means running rich or fuel hydrolocked?
He went ahead and printed out the hours at each RPM level and there was .1 hour above 5250 RPMs. So for us that ruled out the fact that it was run hard. Next, if it hydrolocked, is wouldn’t the engines just turn off? Also, I never thought that an engine would blow up from running rich..
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"Took it in and they tell me I need a new power steering pump because they lost power steering on the test drive. Went ahead and had them put it on, and then I get a call asking when I could pick it up. The next day, I get a call telling me the port engine threw a rod through the lower unit, the center engine is blown up, and the starboard did not pass a leakdown test. Is this BS?"

I know it sounds like a mis-communication amongst the dealership reps. (ie one working on PS unit while different guy works on motors) did they ever explain to you why they said it was finished come pick it up while a different guy says all your engines have issues? What is the Reputation of the dealer? is he a straight shooter or does he have a history of embellishing repairs?
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you need to go put eyes on your boat and ask a lot of questions and take pictures!
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Sketchy Sketchy Sketchy.....
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Stop reading this thread and get down there asap... if you wait much longer they are going to tell you your boat killed one of their mechanics and you owe his family $1M.
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Originally Posted by tmaddock View Post


He went ahead and printed out the hours at each RPM level and there was .1 hour above 5250 RPMs. So for us that ruled out the fact that it was run hard. Next, if it hydrolocked, is wouldn’t the engines just turn off? Also, I never thought that an engine would blow up from running rich..
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Originally Posted by 210VenturaForShura View Post
Stop reading this thread and get down there asap... if you wait much longer they are going to tell you your boat killed one of their mechanics and you owe his family $1M.
This, next thing we will hear about is a rod blowing through a stringer and totaling the hull.
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300hrs on 11yr old motors I’m surprised they aren’t all locked up from corrosion. Lack of use is what kills them in my experience. Then when you suddenly do try to run them after they have been sleeping for 10yrs everything breaks. I’m not surprised.

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