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Old 13 August 2010, 15:02   #1
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Etec 250 First Service

Not required until next june, but anyone had one done recently?

I rang our two local Rude agents today, one wanted 207+parts+VAT. When I asked what parts would be required, I was told that they'd check the impeller and plugs and decide whether they needed replacing. I suggested, that after 3 seasons use, I'd quite like them replaced.

Robin Curnow (Penryn) said they'd get back to me with a price, but didn't.
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I rang our two local Rude agents ....
Robin Curnow (Penryn) said they'd get back to me with a price, but didn't.
Yes, well perhaps you should have asked the Polite agents.

The spark plugs are an arm and a leg - if they're OK, would you still change them on general principles? The impeller fair enough...
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Yes, well perhaps you should have asked the Polite agents.

The spark plugs are an arm and a leg - if they're OK, would you still change them on general principles? The impeller fair enough...
Well, working on the premise that Opti plugs are also an arm and leg and are replaced annually (if main dealer serviced), the Etec items should be about due at 3 years.
What are your plug replacement intervals?
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What are your plug replacement intervals?
Same as yours, natch. But I do the annual service thingy and have 'em visually checked. If OK, we leave 'em in. Your stealer seems to of the same opinion.

I reckon your's are fecked anyway, so a purely academic argument - all that zooming around at WOT...
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There was a US seller that did complete Service kits on eBay however they seem to have stopped. From memory they supplied new plugs, impellor, new Seals for the Gearbox drain and fill plugs, new thermostats seals (so you can remove and test the stats), fuel filter cartridge, Gearbox oil

When the time comes my engine will be out of wty so I will be doing my own service as other than the impellor change its fairly straight forward.

If you are looking for a decent dealer to take it to try Steve at Race Marine in Taunton. Not too far from Cornwall
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I'd still grab a spare set though, if you're going to leave the old ones in.
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I've already ordered new plugs and impeller for mine and it's not due for 2 months

Why would a dealer (or in fact anybody) go to the bother of pulling an engine to bits to look at the impeller and then not change it while they were in there?
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I was told that they'd check the impeller and plugs and decide whether they needed replacing.
How many hours have you done so far?

I have just had to replace my plugs at 130 hours which is about the longest they should go before being replaced. I was starting to see poor idling with stalling when dropping back to idle. New plugs was the answer.
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Just spoken to Ian @ Liverpool Powerboats. He said that the plugs will definitely need replacing. As Chris says, it'll become lumpy at low revs. Mine is now showing 122hrs, which will be 130+ by the time the service is due.

According to Ian, it's box off, replace oil, check impellor and replace if required, change plugs and filter, run-up on diagnostic equipment. 4.5hrs +parts +Vat= 450 approx.

Not bad as if i'd bought an Opti, I'd be 900 out on servicing already and, partially deaf.
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not bad as if i'd bought an opti, i'd be 900 out on servicing already and, partially deaf.
Are you suggesting they are a bit loud?
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