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Today, 07:37 AM
Replies: 29
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Posted By LouC

You need a good Mercruiser mechanic who can...

You need a good Mercruiser mechanic who can evaluate the condition of the transom assemblies and drives. If they need replacement you can get remanufactured Merc units very easily, that is the main...
Today, 07:15 AM
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Views: 24,367
Posted By LouC

Its a sad truth that Suzuki already got their...

Its a sad truth that Suzuki already got their money from the customer.
PS every time I look at one of these outboard parts catalogs I get a good laugh from the parts prices. Thank goodness for GM...
Yesterday, 03:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,356
Posted By LouC

Thatís a sad story and when people ask me about...

Thatís a sad story and when people ask me about getting into boating I usually encourage them to buy a nearly new boat for a far better experience. To successfully run a more than 10 year old boat if...
Yesterday, 10:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,915
Posted By LouC

If you're going to own an older boat that is wood...

If you're going to own an older boat that is wood cored then you have to accept the reality of wood rot in structural members and learn how to fix it and later on prevent it from happening in the...
Yesterday, 08:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 598
Posted By LouC

They are not that hard to rebuild, I'd say no...

They are not that hard to rebuild, I'd say no harder than a Holley 4bbl. There are a few tricks to removing the air horn and then lining up the gasket over the primary metering rods and making sure...
Yesterday, 08:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,915
Posted By LouC

Some boat makers do that. But still that steel...

Some boat makers do that. But still that steel plate would be attached to a wood cored stringer so you have the same issue. The lag bolts need to be sealed in with 3M4200 when installed and then...
Yesterday, 06:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,054
Posted By LouC

Agreed, you have to look at the big picture too....

Agreed, you have to look at the big picture too. If you compare to outboards, to me the cost advantage when repowering and the ability to have a closed cooled engine is a big plus for I/Os, but you...
Yesterday, 05:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,054
Posted By LouC

Well if you have a choice between maintaining an...

Well if you have a choice between maintaining an I/O and a V drive boat in that environment, then yes the I/O will be much more work, and while the performance is obviously better due to the ability...
Yesterday, 04:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,674
Posted By LouC

Ahh surprised that they use those clamps on a...

Ahh surprised that they use those clamps on a hose like that. They are commonly used on CV axle boots but on a cooling hose? For one thing you'd have a tough time just getting the special crimp tool...
Yesterday, 04:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,915
Posted By LouC

I've had pretty good luck fixing things like this...

I've had pretty good luck fixing things like this with some of the rot doc products such as CPES, their Layup and Laminating resin and sawdust. What I'd do....drill a few exploratory holes around the...
07-19-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 704
Posted By LouC

yep that rust in the exhaust port is a sign of...

yep that rust in the exhaust port is a sign of something leaking, despite the fact that they look good otherwise.
07-19-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,915
Posted By LouC

The problem with this kind of repair is you don't...

The problem with this kind of repair is you don't know how far the rot in the engine mount pads goes. If its just a bit soft right where the lags bolt in, then drying out the holes, pouring in...
07-19-2019, 06:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,559
Posted By LouC

good point, my GPS was auto-restarting and that...

good point, my GPS was auto-restarting and that drawed down my batteries once, found it with the ammeter.
my radio has a master on off switch on the dash that has to be turned on first, that...
07-19-2019, 03:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,559
Posted By LouC

When they "fixed" the gauges, did any of them...

When they "fixed" the gauges, did any of them stay on (the gas gauge and volt meter) when the ignition is off? All the gauges should be off when the key is turned to off, they get current right off...
07-18-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 13,447
Posted By LouC

I think it looks better that way! Might have him...

I think it looks better that way! Might have him add a Seafoam boot stripe to set it off a bit.
07-18-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,183
Posted By LouC

How can a dealership allow someone so ignorant to...

How can a dealership allow someone so ignorant to mess up the simplest job you can do on a vehicle? Perhaps the new hires need to be supervised before they turn them loose. I have had high school...
07-17-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,972
Posted By LouC

OK then, what about my 9 small engines (lawn...

OK then, what about my 9 small engines (lawn equipment, snow blower, etc, 5 two stroke and 4 four stroke) they run on the same fuel. So does our Suzuki DF 2.5. They all run on the same gas!
07-17-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,972
Posted By LouC

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15 or so years of only using E-10. Where are the bad effects? If this 50+...
07-17-2019, 09:24 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 20,129
Posted By LouC

I would hope that for what modern outboards cost...

I would hope that for what modern outboards cost they would use a better grade of aluminum than what they seem to have used there. Not only is there corrosion but nearly all the cooling passages on...
07-17-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,972
Posted By LouC

have you not heard that large areas of the...

have you not heard that large areas of the country have zero choice? All of southern NY due to the over reach of the EPA has no choice we can use ONLY e10, and itís been this way for many years.
BTW...
07-16-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 537
Posted By LouC

The bowl was re-formulated by Racor to deal with...

The bowl was re-formulated by Racor to deal with the swelling from ethanol. I tried the metal bowl version but found that bowl hard to remove, so I went back to the BRP and Sierra cannister filters I...
07-16-2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By LouC

You need to do some diagnostics. Warm up the...

You need to do some diagnostics. Warm up the engine, and then remove the spark plugs, and disable the ignition. Crank the engine over and see if any water comes out the plug holes. If so you have...
07-16-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 891
Posted By LouC

What I have found at least in my location is that...

What I have found at least in my location is that the V/P drives for boats left in salt water seem to not be prone to some of the Merc issues such as the leaking/corroded steering arms, worn hinge...
07-15-2019, 06:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 704
Posted By LouC

post up some pix. They can look good on the...

post up some pix. They can look good on the outside but the sealing surfaces between the mani and elbow can be eroded. If you see rust trails in the center exhaust section (which should be just black...
07-14-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 704
Posted By LouC

Make sure you have some good 6 point sockets and...

Make sure you have some good 6 point sockets and an impact gun would help. I have a 1/2" DeWalt and a 3/8ths Milwaukee. You can use either Merc perfect seal or marine anti seize on the bolts to make...
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