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Lifeislarge 04-27-2020 12:19 PM

De-scaling OX66 200
 
I have a 2001 OX66 200 and the temperature alarm is going off anytime I cruise over 4000 RPM. Done a pretty thorough search and it appears the heads are probably caked with scale. Has anyone had any luck pulling the thermostats and filling the heads with de-scaler from the top or should I just bite the bullet and pull the heads? Just figured if I could somehow circulate a chemical with a pump and a basin going from the top it might work. If I do end up pulling the heads are there any tips and tricks that won't be in the manual?

Shore Native 04-27-2020 01:34 PM


Originally Posted by Lifeislarge (Post 13591437)
I have a 2001 OX66 200 and the temperature alarm is going off anytime I cruise over 4000 RPM. Done a pretty thorough search and it appears the heads are probably caked with scale. Has anyone had any luck pulling the thermostats and filling the heads with de-scaler from the top or should I just bite the bullet and pull the heads? Just figured if I could somehow circulate a chemical with a pump and a basin going from the top it might work. If I do end up pulling the heads are there any tips and tricks that won't be in the manual?


Some threads on here - just have to search - on using vinegar to flush.



Here you go....https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating...vinegar-8.html

WPBTH 04-27-2020 02:14 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ that

noelm 04-27-2020 03:07 PM

I'm saying nothing.....hang on, I just did!

Lifeislarge 04-27-2020 04:50 PM

I think I'm going to just go ahead and pull it apart and clean it properly. What's the worst that can happen :rofl:

noelm 04-27-2020 04:58 PM

Good idea, broken bolts will be your enemy, be careful removing bolts, use heat before if possible, if/when you break one, buy a good quality left hand drill bit.

biggesttuna 04-27-2020 05:10 PM

How strong is the pee, ?

SeaSquid631 04-27-2020 05:17 PM

Yep I did mine in a similar fashion to mr. Demeanor. I canít say for certain what a difference it made but there was plenty of old nasty crud that got flushed out of the motor at the bottom of the pail when i was done.

SweetD 04-27-2020 05:57 PM

Just did mine via the removing the lower leg option and circulating Hammerhead descaler through the system with a pump. Really wasn't that tough - worst part is getting the lower leg back on but I had a helper. That thread posted above has tons of good advice and examples.


Lifeislarge 04-27-2020 06:06 PM


Originally Posted by biggesttuna (Post 13592517)
How strong is the pee, ?

Pee is strong. I can cruise all day at 3500-4000 RPM but within a couple minutes of going over 4K the alarm goes off.

noelm 04-27-2020 06:12 PM

Pee stream has nothing to do with it, do it properly and do it once.

SweetD 04-27-2020 06:55 PM

Could also be your water pump impeller. If it has not been serviced in awhile, the rubber impeller "arms" get deformed into a permanent shape that allows air to pass through with some water. This prevents enough water from getting up into the cooling passages, especially at higher RPMs.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...fc7bc57bf8.jpg

See how curved the couple of arms are in the rear of this pic? Different from the rest. That's what I'm talking about. They allow air in with the cooling water.


Lifeislarge 04-28-2020 06:26 AM


Originally Posted by SweetD (Post 13592980)
Could also be your water pump impeller. If it has not been serviced in awhile, the rubber impeller "arms" get deformed into a permanent shape that allows air to pass through with some water. This prevents enough water from getting up into the cooling passages, especially at higher RPMs.

See how curved the couple of arms are in the rear of this pic? Different from the rest. That's what I'm talking about. They allow air in with the cooling water.

I'm going to replace the head gaskets, thermostats, water pump and poppet valve. This engine is new to me and while I know it was well cared for, it's not much more work to start with a clean slate.

PeteH 04-28-2020 07:39 AM

You will know alot more when you pull the thermostats and poppet. If things look pretty clean you probably just need fresh thermostats and water pump.

Lifeislarge 04-28-2020 09:20 AM

Heads are off. Pretty crudded up and given the fact that it's a single engine boat going offshore I feel better pulling them regardless. Literally took 30 minutes to pull them off (and NO BROKEN BOLTS!!!). T-stats look like new. Water pump next.


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...76fde3e951.jpg

SweetD 04-28-2020 09:37 AM

Woah! Good call to pull them and VERY good no broken bolts!

Definitely post up some post-cleaning pics.


Lifeislarge 04-28-2020 09:57 AM


Originally Posted by SweetD (Post 13594767)
Woah! Good call to pull them and VERY good no broken bolts!

Definitely post up some post-cleaning pics.

I took a ton of pics and will do a write up on the removal and replacement. Soaking in white vinegar now. The only challenge now is do I spend an extra $70 to get the parts in town today or wait for shipping from SIM Yamaha.

SweetD 04-28-2020 10:28 AM

I'd buy them locally. To me it would be worth it.

Lifeislarge 04-28-2020 11:37 AM

Aaaaand here we go. Poppet stuck solid. Probably could've gone here first and been okay for a while but I'm happy with doing the complete overhaul.

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...89cf0ad372.jpg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.the...4693b17ac7.jpg

noelm 04-28-2020 01:18 PM

Poppet won't cause high speed over heat, but, you have done the right thing, dig out all the crap you can from in the block as well, that looks pretty serious to me, I think your model allows access through the exhaust cover as well?


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