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Old 02 December 2011, 05:30   #1
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Product - Mercury 60hp 4 stroke 2002 Carb model fitted to fishing boat

Problem - worn lower engine mounts, top ones are perfect. Both lower mounts have excessive play - quoted 750 to replace via local Engineers. Fair enough

Solution - over to you????

The lower mounts have come away from the steering tube. Looks like the chemical bonding has given way. The mount themselves look ok but of course they are not available to replace without buying the entire Steering tube. That's not a problem but I'm looking at trying to repair without the need for powerhead removal.

So any ideas ?

I've considered trying to source mounts such as torsion automotive suspension bushes and pressing them into the bracket. It's not trying to do a bodge job or anything I'm just interested in seeing if there is a different option to powerhead removal as I get lots of older motors offered in with worn mounts that I pass on because it's not worth the time trying to get powerheads off 20 yr old motors with rough bolts. If this idea was to work it may change things a bit. Not sure the thin Ali mount holder will take the strain of pressing in though.

Anybody have a better idea

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Old 02 December 2011, 06:07   #2
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I have mariner 75 1987 , my lower mount bushes went , same situation didn want to remove power head ,so I cut d 2 bolts out using hacksaw and change lower mounts and used stud bar with 2 locking nuts , there still there today working perfect
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Old 02 December 2011, 06:52   #3
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The mounts are removed. The bolt comes out as its the bonding which holds the mount in place, the bolt links it to the mid-section.

I can refit the bolt once we've worked out how to get a mount secure back in place
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Old 02 December 2011, 08:10   #4
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They are a pain in the neck and can be very time consuming to replace. I recently changed all 4 mounting bushes on a pair of 1989 Mariner 40 engines.

I looked at as many options as I could think of and spent a long time searching product catalogues trying to find similar mount bushes from the automotive industry as well as contacting several busing manufacturers and sending them photo's and sketches of what I required.

In the end I gave up and bought new mounts (discovered that Yamaha ones are cheaper than Mariner ones..) from Bill Higham Marine (cheapest I could find)

I stripped the engines (snapping a few bolts in the process) and replaced the mounts, replaced all the gaskets and carefully extracted all the broken bolts and replaced them.

It took me about 2 days in all being very careful to strip and rebuild the engines.

They were much better afterwards though. Heck of a lot less vibration. (3 of the mounts had sheared as your describe, the rubber had perished and split on the others).

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They are a pain in the neck and can be very time consuming to replace. I recently changed all 4 mounting bushes on a pair of 1989 Mariner 40 engines.

I looked at as many options as I could think of and spent a long time searching product catalogues trying to find similar mount bushes from the automotive industry as well as contacting several busing manufacturers and sending them photo's and sketches of what I required.

In the end I gave up and bought new mounts (discovered that Yamaha ones are cheaper than Mariner ones..) from Bill Higham Marine (cheapest I could find)

I stripped the engines (snapping a few bolts in the process) and replaced the mounts, replaced all the gaskets and carefully extracted all the broken bolts and replaced them.

It took me about 2 days in all being very careful to strip and rebuild the engines.

They were much better afterwards though. Heck of a lot less vibration. (3 of the mounts had sheared as your describe, the rubber had perished and split on the others).

Good luck
Sorted today. My guy done well. He's retro fitted stronger bushes in the insert of the existing mounting location, To prevent it simply slipping in/out of the tube he has added an additional 2 bushes either side of the mounts. It now has two solid lower mounts with 4 bushes (2 on each mount) which we hope will take up any movement.

We will be fitting them in tomorrow after giving them a final check over and buying some stainless steel washers to protect the mounts further.

Once done we will be doing a sea trailer and then checking for any play. By the looks of things it's going to be far stronger than it would have been had we removed the powerhead and fitted a new unit!!!

One to remember for the future. Just saved 800 which of course will be passed on to the customer :whistling

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Old 02 December 2011, 11:12   #6
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Peter:

Out of curiosity, were the nuts on the lower mounting bolts brass or stainless?

A buddy of mine just had the lower mounts fail on his 2005-ish Merc 60EFI due to the brass nuts corroding away. The stainless bolts were fine, and the rubber bushings were hardened, but serviceable.

Just wondering if they've always done that (dealer said something about anodic protection for the bolt, though I don't see an advantage if it still fails.)

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They were Brass but they did not fail. The problem on these was down to the bonding coming away and that was down to poor control by the previous owner using Reverse too heavy at speed to stop the boat.

I'll get some pictures of the repaired mounts once it's back together.

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Peter - any chance of a pic of the 'fix' ?. I have a mate who I think is facing a similar situation ....

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Once it's back together and gone through some sea trials I will upload the pics.

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Problem - worn lower engine mounts, top ones are perfect. Both lower mounts have excessive play - quoted 750 to replace via local Engineers. Fair enough

You didnt ask us for a quote thats why!!
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