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Old 30 November 2007, 18:23   #1
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Mercury 150 optimax alarm

I get an alarm if I run my 2001 optimax a little faster than trolling, or if I'm trolling and then decide to get my boat on plane. If I shut the motor off, restart and get boat on plane, its fine, or if I just run at trolling speed its fine. I took it in to the marina, and they said the computer (I can't remember the 3 letter name for it) was giving bad information, and sometimes no information at all. To replace the card/computer would be $1,500. That would just help them to determine to real problem. Any ideas?
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Old 30 November 2007, 20:16   #2
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what alarm

is it low oil or temp alarm,,i had a 150 opti that was mounted high on the transom and at speed or certain slow runing with bow up the low water alarm would go off,,ended up was just air around top water holes in cav plate ,,filled top holes with epoxy and never happened again,,but if it resets after re starting,,it could be an ecu black box problem,,ask if they have a s/h 1 you can borrow,,
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Old 01 December 2007, 04:32   #3
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Mine'll do it occasionally. I turn the ignition off and on again and it's fixed.
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150 Optimax

What is "s/h 1"
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Old 01 December 2007, 09:57   #5
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What is "s/h 1"
Second hand one.
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Old 01 December 2007, 11:42   #6
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Mine used to get hot when running just above idle. New water pump, not just impeller, sorted it.
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Old 01 December 2007, 13:36   #7
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Does your dealer not have the diagnostic software for the engine? They should be able to connect up to a laptop and then go for a run in the boat and determine which sensors are at fault or if it is an ECM problem.
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Old 03 December 2007, 09:32   #8
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Optimax alarm

They said the ECM card was giving bad information. He said that his merc dealer may be able to re-load the software. Has anyone heard of that ever working. Its expensive to replace.
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Old 03 December 2007, 13:32   #9
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Not sure if he will be able to re-load the software. There is a function on the laptopsto enable us to re-map the ECM but it is currently disabled for the dealers use , unless they are now allowing its use in the US?
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Old 04 December 2007, 10:31   #10
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Optimax alarm

My dealer is sending the PCM to Mercury for them to re-flash the card. I'm not sure what that means, or how often it works
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