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Old 02 May 2011, 08:54   #1
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Engine not used since 2006 HELP

Does anybody have any opinions or thoughts on buying a year 2005 Honda 4 stroke 40hp outboard that has not been used since 2006 when it was serviced and then stored.

I'm looking at buying it but thought id check first in case this is something i should stay clear of.

Its apparently clean as a whistle under the hood and described as looking brand new but could it be a disaster inside?
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In theory it should be ok, but of course it depends on where the storage was and how thoroughly the service was done before hand. A quick slap and tickle then in the back of a damp shed for 6 years and I would be scared.

Can you do the usual tests before you buy it? Compression, lube conditions, etc.
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In theory it should be ok, but of course it depends on where the storage was and how thoroughly the service was done before hand. A quick slap and tickle then in the back of a damp shed for 6 years and I would be scared.

Can you do the usual tests before you buy it? Compression, lube conditions, etc.
Having spoken to the chap, he bought in 2005, used it in 2005 and 2006, then took it to a marine delear to service and has stored it in his garage ever since.

I cant do any tests myself unfortunately and its a 5 hours drive for us to get there. If i'm better of staying clear then thats fine, i'll just keep hunting.
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I guess the main thing to be suspicious of in any engine that hasn't moved in that time is the impeller, which could have gone brittle.
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I guess the main thing to be suspicious of in any engine that hasn't moved in that time is the impeller, which could have gone brittle.

Certainly if we did get it i would have it fully serviced and impellor changed prior to using it. Maybe its best to stay clear?
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Certainly if we did get it i would have it fully serviced and impellor changed prior to using it. Maybe its best to stay clear?
The impeller is a service part anyway, just assume it needs changing.
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It also depends on how much he wants for it....if it's a low price it's probably worth it, after all it could be in new condition with only 2 season's use.

When you get there (if you go to see it) is it possible to check that the engine turns freely? I once bought a Honda Firestorm (1000cc V-twin bike) that had been sat in a large shed for three years since the death of the owner. It had a bit of furring on alloy parts and the battery was flat. What I should have done was put oil in the bores before starting, change the fuel etc, however after a second battery was connected it fired up immediately and I rode it 10 miles home with no issues, on 3 year old fuel.

I did give it a full service when I got it home of course. There was also a Triumph Trophy 1200 and that was sold to somebody else, but it also started and ran fine after the 3 years lay up.
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It also depends on how much he wants for it....if it's a low price it's probably worth it, after all it could be in new condition with only 2 season's use.

When you get there (if you go to see it) is it possible to check that the engine turns freely? I once bought a Honda Firestorm (1000cc V-twin bike) that had been sat in a large shed for three years since the death of the owner. It had a bit of furring on alloy parts and the battery was flat. What I should have done was put oil in the bores before starting, change the fuel etc, however after a second battery was connected it fired up immediately and I rode it 10 miles home with no issues, on 3 year old fuel.

I did give it a full service when I got it home of course. There was also a Triumph Trophy 1200 and that was sold to somebody else, but it also started and ran fine after the 3 years lay up.
He has described it as looking like new, but of course until i see it in the flesh who knows.

We are going Saturday to have a look and all being well bring it home. I'm going to check compression (current thread running to tell me how), check all goes into gear, trim and tilt works, steering works and i'm thinking thats about all i can do maybe.
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He has described it as looking like new, but of course until i see it in the flesh who knows.

We are going Saturday to have a look and all being well bring it home. I'm going to check compression (current thread running to tell me how), check all goes into gear, trim and tilt works, steering works and i'm thinking thats about all i can do maybe.
Dip the oil, check for ant water in it. Tug on the engine mounts. Check for play on the pro shaft. Also turn flywheel by hand (with kill cord off - never know) listen to what it sounds like you should hear and feel each piston compress. Any grinds, metal on metal etc walk away.

Let us know how u get on.

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Dip the oil, check for ant water in it. Tug on the engine mounts. Check for play on the pro shaft. Also turn flywheel by hand (with kill cord off - never know) listen to what it sounds like you should hear and feel each piston compress. Any grinds, metal on metal etc walk away.

Let us know how u get on.

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Thanks Peter,

Making myslef a list now so i remember to check everything. Dont care if a look like an idiot reading from a crib sheet, but better that than buying an expensive anchor.
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