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Old 30 March 2008, 15:56   #21
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Finally there is no reason why a "very good engine" can't also be a bit smokey.

I would disagree with that , if a 4 stroke is smoking its using oil which means there is something wrong . Presuming the oil level is correct and the breather isn't blocked or some fool; has put 2 stroke mix in it then there is something worn which at least would require the cylinder head off .

problem with engines is that some sellers really do believe its ok when its not you do need to check it out before handing over the money .
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Old 30 March 2008, 16:09   #22
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I would disagree with that , if a 4 stroke is smoking its using oil which means there is something wrong . Presuming the oil level is correct and the breather isn't blocked or some fool; has put 2 stroke mix in it then there is something worn which at least would require the cylinder head off .

problem with engines is that some sellers really do believe its ok when its not you do need to check it out before handing over the money .
sorry Ian I didn't word that very well. you put it much more elequantly in your final paragraph. What I was trying to say was there is no reason why the seller can't think an engine is very good even if it is smokey. what matters to the seller is not necessarily the internal condition of the engine but things like does it start, does it go fast, has it ever cut out on him, does it use lots of fuel etc... ...he is not saying it is in very good condition; so his claims may well be in good faith.
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Old 30 March 2008, 17:19   #23
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Polwart,Some of the advice you have given is right of coarse you pay your money you take your chance.I was caught out i know.i had arranged to meet at his workshop the sat nav could for whatever reason find it so i rang him.he came to meet me seemed a nice guy he then said he had the outboard in the car.it seemed unnecesary to go back to his unit set the electic start motor up .i was wrong it wont happen again
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Peter, if there's that much pressure in there and it's smoking then as Ian says, you need to check the breather.

A lot of people don't look after small engines very well IMO.
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Yes thanks,I will do that
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