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Old 20 May 2013, 03:16   #1
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3.5hp 2stroke service cost? N devon.

Doesn,t get that much use. I manage the gear lube but have never done the impeller, just always checked it is pushing water out.

It's all running well, but figure a full service may be a good idea this year. I have no idea of current costs for a service and do not want to be ripped off!

Any rough idea what people charge nowadays and where in n devon is best to go for the service of a small tohatsu 3.5hp 2 stroke with a quick turn around?

Thanks.
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Old 20 May 2013, 14:28   #2
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I would have a go yourself, it should be pretty easy to drop the LU off, only 3 or 4 bolts.

The gear shift may be accessed via a plate half way up the leg, this needs disconnecting.

Any dealer will get you the parts or try 'Key Parts' in Watford

I am sure someone on this site will provide you with all the detail, I have a small 2S yam as an aux and it only took me an hour to do a complete service, I didn't change the fuel pump though.

You also learn alot by doing it yourself.

Good luck Dave j
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Just had a Mercury F 2.5 four stroke serviced at Ferry Marine, Port Edgar. 115 inc parts and VAT.
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Old 21 May 2013, 16:48   #4
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Just had a Mercury F 2.5 four stroke serviced at Ferry Marine, Port Edgar. 115 inc parts and VAT.
115! The last one i did (yesterday) was about 70!
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Old 21 May 2013, 17:18   #5
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I would have a go yourself, it should be pretty easy to drop the LU off, only 3 or 4 bolts.

The gear shift may be accessed via a plate half way up the leg, this needs disconnecting.

Any dealer will get you the parts or try 'Key Parts' in Watford

I am sure someone on this site will provide you with all the detail, I have a small 2S yam as an aux and it only took me an hour to do a complete service, I didn't change the fuel pump though.

You also learn alot by doing it yourself.

Good luck Dave j
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Those who know me on here can confirm that my soft keyboard hands do not have a clue when it comes to mechanical work. However even I managed to change gear oil, replace fuel filter, spark plugs, engine pull cord and impeller change. With a little bit of remote help on impeller from Ribnet Samt. That was on my tohatsu 9.8.

My view is give it a go if it all ends in bits and you cant do it then give it to a mechanic, I learnt loads from it

You tube has loads of DIY videos watch a few it will give you confidence that it isn't that daunting.
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I probaby would give it a go but its under warranty which I think means getting it serviced by a merd main dealer. But what could actually go wrong with a small engine to necessitate a warranty claim?
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I probaby would give it a go but its under warranty which I think means getting it serviced by a merd main dealer. But what could actually go wrong with a small engine to necessitate a warranty claim?
The powerhead could seize or the lower unit explode.

Unlikely, I suppose, but something to take into account.
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Come for a day out in looe and i will do it while you wait!
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Thanks for the offer, tempted , but the 1070 mile trip might just eat into the service saving. Looks beatiful place though.
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How old is that horse ? Tohatsu high quality impellers outlasts any other brands impellers, while other brands impeller needs to be changed yearly or every 2 years max.

If yo want to keep that horse firing 1-2 rope pulls everytime, after use flush engine, while doing so at idle or fast idle, let engine die of fuel starvation, that way will keep carb's bowl clean and avoid unwanted spills when laying engine down. With time fuel evaporates and leaves oil residue that can clog float's needle...

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