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Old 10-09-2011, 12:55 PM
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Guys, am s’pposed to leave in 3 hrs for 6 nite trip. Pre-trip engine start and there’s a water leak from the thermostat/exhaust cover gasket.

Pee stream is strong as ever despite.

I anticipate using the engine for 30 hrs this trip. Mostly mid –range and trolling. Will be remote fresh-water Lake Powell. Water temp will be 75. Weather is supposed to be phenomenal.

I say this isn’t going to hurt the engine despite the continual spraying the engine is going to get, so go on trip anyway. But if I’m guilty of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing, now would be the time for someone to tell me.

I’m gonna keep packing, but I’ll check back like, every two minutes for your advice...



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Old 10-09-2011, 01:19 PM
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Not a good idea. Issues like this don't get any better with time. They generally get much worse for you and the engine.
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:20 PM
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Don't do it. A leak developed on the same place on one of my engines and in my case all the engine was covered in salt. I was in a trip for 7 days and found out when I got home. Thankfully my engine is a carbed yamaha 85 and it doesn't have anything electronic.
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:29 PM
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Many serous engine problems have started with small leaks spraying salt water around into parts of the engine that are not intended to be exposed to it. With fresh water the problem may not be quite so bad, but isn't there a way you can fix it before you put more time on even at home?
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Nomans View Post
isn't there a way you can fix it before you put more time on even at home?
thx for replies; even tho i hate 'em

i think something like marine-tex would be folly? have never used it or the like.

only real solution is gasket replacement? that could be as late as tuesday- assuming dealer has gasket in stock. damit!
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:05 PM
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Fix it...it will spray water all over the electrics...make a gasket if needed...fix it...
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:13 PM
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What about gasket material from a tube? From auto parts store? That stuff does work.
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by slickster View Post
Fix it...it will spray water all over the electrics...make a gasket if needed...fix it...

sigh, this is my bad; should've done pre-departure check sooner

gasket appears to be metal. let's assume it'll come off in one piece and is re-usable. i don't think there's a chance in hell i could make a gasket?

what do i need to get at pep boys/ auto zone?

what's gasket sealer dry-time gonna be?
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:17 PM
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You can even purchase sheets of gasket material and make your own with a ball peen hammer. Lay sheet over part needing the gasket and tap around the outter perimeter, then do the same on the inner.
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i'm going outside to take the shroud off. i'll check back in in 20 b4 i head to parts store

big thx for all help so far
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:24 PM
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Get it fixed right! Find the gasket online, pay the $$$ to get it shipped overnight. Install.

There, problem fixed...correctly!
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by seabob4 View Post
Get it fixed right! Find the gasket online, pay the $$$ to get it shipped overnight. Install.

There, problem fixed...correctly!
great idea; i'm out at mercury parts express right now...
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:00 AM
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you guys rock!

no one had the gasket in stock. used permatex 1 minute gasket instead. let it dry overnite just for kicks. engine's runnin as this pic is taken.

thx for everyone's help.

goooone fishin!


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Just don't leave it on there forever.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:04 AM
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Well....how was the fishin'?
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