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Old 06-27-2009, 06:54 AM
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I have a 1999 225 Fitch (know the history and have all the retrofits installed). Last week while fishing the Check engine light and a steady alarm sounded (the high temp and oil lights did not illuminate). I assumed it was a temp issue and killed the engine for 1 hr. When I started back up the light and alarm immediatly sounded again. I slowly powered to the launch and pulled the boat. While we were securing it to the trailer my son pulled some weeds of the intakes so I assumed this was the issue. However the next day with a hose connected to the flushout port I started the engine and the light and alarm sounded again. The mechanic at the marina says it likly isn't anything, just a Fitch bug. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated.

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Old 06-27-2009, 07:04 AM
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MN, here's a post on I.Boats. Sounds from this as if it may be the gage itself...

http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=107502

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Old 06-27-2009, 07:08 AM
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Need to have someone with diagnostic to look at it. Check engine light could be a number of thing, but it is not over heat and more than likely not a bad gauge. The light being on means there is an active code in the ecm.
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Old 06-27-2009, 07:44 AM
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get a new mechanic

could be any number of things

have real ficht mechanic hook up the motor and see what code it tripped

the computer cooling passages may be blocked, there could be any other number os reasons for a check engine light

if it is coming on after shutting down and re-starting it is a hard code

I would not operate it until you have it checked out by a someone who works on ficht engines

oh and by the way, it is ficht, not fitch
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by fichtion View Post
get a new mechanic

could be any number of things

have real ficht mechanic hook up the motor and see what code it tripped

the computer cooling passages may be blocked, there could be any other number os reasons for a check engine light

if it is coming on after shutting down and re-starting it is a hard code

I would not operate it until you have it checked out by a someone who works on ficht engines

oh and by the way, it is ficht, not fitch
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:14 PM
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Have you checked seperators? Probe on engine sep might be reading water.
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:37 PM
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I checked the fuel seporator, no water. tomorrow I have a NEW mechanic hooking up the computer to see what the alarm is.

Thanks everyone for the feedback!
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There are usually wiring connectors to each sensor - find out which ones give a solid alarm and find out where they are - disconnect each one when its on and find out which one it is. Then you have the issue then find the problem, the sensor's rarely go bad. Not knowing what its saying leaves you nowhere.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by MPNoyes View Post
Last week while fishing the Check engine light and a steady alarm sounded (the high temp and oil lights did not illuminate). I assumed it was a temp issue and killed the engine for 1 hr.
If the motor was overheating, then the TEMP or HOT light would come on.

The CHECK ENGINE light is for any number of problems, just like it is on your vehicle.

The most common is water in the fuel filter, but it also can be too high or too low voltage, computer overheating from a plugged water line, a stuck shift switch, a throttle position sensor (TPS) out of spec, or any number of other items. It takes a laptop and diagnostic software to find out what error codes are stored in memory.
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:26 AM
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You mis spelled its name.Fitch
It should be FIT for one engine or FITS for two or more.
Actually both could apply....
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