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Old 04 May 2009, 05:51   #1
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Etec 250 - Trim Guage

Hi fellow Ribsters,

My Evinrude trim guage was behaving intermittently last year and has now stopped working altogether.

My 3-year warranty has a couple of weeks left to run but it seems that the Evinrude Engineers are not too keen on this kind of work, and at least one I have contacted has not bothered to call me back, in spite of being furnished with the engine serial number and being granted the pleasure of servicing my engine last year.

Having scoured the Internet, it seems that Evinrude make themselves difficult to contact and BRP or Jets Marivent (who I assume are no longer involved) are a similar story.

Just how meaningful is a 3-year warranty, if people are not prepared to take on the work?

OK, now that I have thrown down the gauntlet, perhaps if any Solent-based Evinrude engeers are reading this, you might like to demonstrate that this is a misconception on my part. I would be happy to advise the Forum of good service received!

Chris.
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Old 04 May 2009, 06:11   #2
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Chris - is the gauge faulty or the sensor arm/sender at the engine? One of my trim gauges went "intermittent" last season and had to be replaced (out of warranty, of course ). It's a 5 min swap. The sensor might be a more complicated situation.

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You might consider formally registering your problem in writing with BRP BEFORE your warranty expires. They may refer you to a cooperative dealer.
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Old 04 May 2009, 09:46   #3
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Give Ian @ Liverpool Powerboats a call, he's a top bloke and certainly wont give you the brush off.
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Old 04 May 2009, 15:31   #4
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Chris,

Speak to Lloyd Stevens at BRP on 01202812100 if you have any questions about warantees etc. He is the head Technical guy at BRP UK.

Near to you is ProRig Marine in Penton Hook Marina, Chertsey. http://www.pro-rigmarine.co.uk/

The main man there is Rob and he is a top E-tec guy and knows his stuff.
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Old 05 May 2009, 16:58   #5
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Hi Guys,

Thanks very much for the suggestions.

I have now spoken to BRP but Lloyd wasn't available, so I spoke to a marketing person, who at least gave me some options.

Not unreasonably, BRP was keen to promote its dealers and I subsequently managed to speak to Lee Fairweather at Fairweather Marine, who did his best to help.

It seems that the problem is a common occurrence with these engines and may usually be fixed by applying WD40 to the sensor arm and encouraging it to move. I shall be using Aries IV at the weekend, so will try it then, while the engine is still under warranty (for another week).

Thanks again for your help and thanks to Lee for his assistance!

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Your welcome.

After spraying the sensor arm, turn the ignition to one position below start (yr gauges will activate) and manually push the sensor arm in and out - the trim gauge should react immediately. If not, the gauge is shot.

Good luck.
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I had the same problem, i found that the sensor on the engine got "stuck" sometimes, a little oil sorted it out
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