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Old 22 May 2014, 08:08   #31
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Etecs, whats the problem ?

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What? Are you saying E-Tecs are not tried and tested technology?

On a personal note, I've tried and tested mine for 5/6 years now without a glitch.

No, I inferred they aren't AS tried and tested as they've sold less units for a shorter timeframe with that 2S modern technology.
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What? Are you saying E-Tecs are not tried and tested technology?
On a personal note, I've tried and tested mine for 5/6 years now without a glitch.
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To be fair the first 3 yeas on the front lawn doesn't count

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To be fair the first 3 years on the front lawn doesn't count
H-P just got younger...
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I wish, sorry can't put it down to youth. Must be those I rib with in the 250 Etec club
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That said, we are going to ditch the E tecs apparently, because they wont allow us to buy the computer that would allow us to do our own maintenance on the engines. We have a very competent marine department and would have happily paid for them to go on the factory maintenance course.
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Looks as though we are going Yamaha instead.
You don't buy a computer from Evinrude but you do need their software (and cable) which will run on virtually any windows laptop!

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Can I obtain the software and cable needed to diagnose my E-TEC?
The diagnostic software CD and interface cable can be ordered from an authorized dealer. The latest CD covers the E-TEC motors and all the FICHT engines.
You will need a serial port on your laptop or a USB-to-serial port adapter kit to hook up the interface cable.
I have also read that the "Yamaha Service Software is only available to dealers" (although like with Evinrude there are lots of copies floating about from unofficial sources.....)

Since this seems to be your major reason for changing brands you might be better checking this out properly with both manufacturers beforehand.
Please let us know how you get on. It would be good to set the record straight.
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I assume that the manual start option is designed for when your battery has gone flat rather than not running a battery at all? Without a battery in the system, I imagine there is a high risk of a power spike, that could fry the ECM? With a battery in the system, it will have a dampening effect.
I'm sure you're right. Fact is, you would never try and pull start a 3.4 litre big block unless in seriously dire straits. All I was referring to was a couple of videos posted on the etec owners forum a couple of years ago showing it was possible due to the engine starting so quickly (unlike optis which need a full crank rotation I think) and that they don't need a battery to run unlike all other brands afaik.
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Whatever the perception is, i love the etec's. I have a pair of 90 hp units and they run perfect. Have put atleast 600 hours and never had a problem other than water in fueltank and it caused one injector to run rough. Engine still ran and got me home. Not sure if any other engine would have been any better.
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