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Old 05 September 2010, 09:07   #1
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Etec owners survey

I would like to do a quick poll of Etec owners on here.

Simple question really: what's broken on yours and at what age and hrs?

The reason I ask is that with my new one on the way I am wondering if I should keep a few bits on hand (the lead time for ordering stuff is going to be 3-4 weeks even if it is something small that will come by air so a sensor going pop at the wrong time of year it will stuff up a month's ribbing even if it will only be 20 and a 5 min job to change).

I've already got the obvious and service/wearing parts covered: spare prop and securing nuts, spare set of plugs, spare impeller, spare kill cord, spare filters.

Are there any sensors on the Etec (crank sensor?) or other parts that will kill the engine completely if they fail, and are relatively cheap to buy and relatively easy to change?

I don't want to spend a whole lot of money on parts lying around that will probably never be used but just wondering what is worth having as a measure to allow a quick fix (and maybe even worth carrying in the boat if it can be changed fairly easily).

I'll ask the question over on Barnacle Bill's as well but really just after feedback from the owners on here. I've done a search and read quite a few threads already and I get the impression there aren't a lot of problems but most of the threads were quite old ones.

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Old 05 September 2010, 12:39   #2
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the TPS or throttle position sensor and CPS crank position sensor are both possibles also depending upon your local fuel quality possibly a spare injector. I would say gaskets and "o" rings for the gear box would be good.

The only warranty problems on mine have all been related to the power tilt system and a faulty top motor mount which are both unusual so I would not worry too much about it.

Thing is whatever you stock up on you can guarantee won't fail it will be the bits you don't think of !
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Old 05 September 2010, 15:29   #3
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OK that sounds like two sensors that might be worth having, ta.

I've already decided to pass on injectors as I think I read somewhere that they are handed on a V6 so I'd need two which I am sure would be a few ... and the EMM is bound to be too expensive.

Anything else people have broken or exploded?
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Old 05 September 2010, 16:55   #4
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I've had a gearbox O-ring fail as well. It was replaced immediately under guarantee. The trim sensor has failed but the engineer mentioned it may have been damaged unintentionally when the engine was out the water. I've replaced the spark plugs twice (don't forget to index them - video showing how to do this is available here: http://www.etecownersgroup.com/post?id=4626865&trail=15

Consequence of hitting a rock at about 4kts: bent propeller (540 to replace), broken skeg (needed to be rewelded), damaged prop shaft, clutch, reverse gearing, shifter cradle and numerous seals.
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Nothing has failed but the gearbox drain and fill plug washers are hard nylon and do not like to be reused. They are only a few pence but worth haveing some available for when you check your gearbox oil.

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Consequence of hitting a rock at about 4kts: bent propeller (540 to replace), broken skeg (needed to be rewelded), damaged prop shaft, clutch, reverse gearing, shifter cradle and numerous seals.
Ouch, I bet that made you eyes water
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bent propeller (540 to replace),
Was it Gold plated?
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the TPS or throttle position sensor and CPS crank position sensor are both possibles also depending upon your local fuel quality possibly a spare injector. I would say gaskets and "o" rings for the gear box would be good.

The only warranty problems on mine have all been related to the power tilt system and a faulty top motor mount which are both unusual so I would not worry too much about it.

Thing is whatever you stock up on you can guarantee won't fail it will be the bits you don't think of !
Yup we just had our first service "the 1 hour check" - engine is 2 years old -. Couple of things done on the engine: according to the print out the TPS was out of sync so that was reset; it had completely wreaked the propshaft seal, the rubber had completely come away from the metal so that was replaced; one issue which is probably unique to ours was that the torsion hub had been but on back to front resulting in that splitting down the side , obviously the gearbox oil was replaced and a couple of other things done but those are the only vaguely important things on the engine which might be of relevance to you.

Our only issue with the engine in general have been multiple instances of overheating, and this hasn't been cured by checking and cleaning the thermostat.


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Consequence of hitting a rock at about 4kts: bent propeller (540 to replace), broken skeg (needed to be rewelded), damaged prop shaft, clutch, reverse gearing, shifter cradle and numerous seals.
We had our service done by Graeme too, he said that it definitely was not the easiest job of his life sorting out yours
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I have 17 injectors that i have replaced on customers engines in the last 3 years . If your engine was 2007 or before then i would say definetly a few injectors . I have had to replace one injector and the coefficients last year too a 2009 150hp . other than that the new one's are pretty good and I havent had a problem out in the field .
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Ouch, I bet that made you eyes water
As I mentioned on a previous thread, this happened in front of the new barrage one mile inland from Mont St. Michel. I thought for a moment that the engine was disabled which would have been an absolute nightmare from the point of view of a recovery. Thankfully I was able to get home at reduced speed; the damage only becoming apparent when the boat was out of the water. And the prop, no, it's not gold-plated, but I agree for that price it should be!

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