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Old 28 May 2012, 12:45   #1
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New Etec 115 question

We have just bought a couple of brand new ETC 115,s. Both are leaking exhaust gas around the joining faces on the leg, where the extension section is added to make them the correct length for the RIBs. Being white, the black smuts really show up. Is this normal?

One of them is also setting off the overheating alarm within a couple of minutes running. The outfit that service the engines have been out and have replaced 2 temperature sender units, but the problem persists. Is this a known issue with them?

Both engines have less than 30 hours on them.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 28 May 2012, 13:59   #2
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Had my 115 for 4 years now and never had any overheating issues with it. Goes up to about 87 when chugging just off the plane but drops back to just under 60 once the thermostat bypass valve opens as the revs build.

Mine is blue and an XL shaft but I have never noticed any soot on the leg. I have a feeling the earlier 115s like mine dont use an extension piece to get the extra length but have a totally differeny leg so can't help you much there I'm afraid.

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Old 29 May 2012, 03:46   #3
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Had mine nearly 6 years never had any gas leaks or over temperature issues. But as Mark says the early ones had no extention pieces. I did notice at the boat show a couple of years ago that the castings had changed completly from mine.

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We have just bought a couple of brand new ETC 115,s. Both are leaking exhaust gas around the joining faces on the leg, where the extension section is added to make them the correct length for the RIBs. Being white, the black smuts really show up. Is this normal?

One of them is also setting off the overheating alarm within a couple of minutes running. The outfit that service the engines have been out and have replaced 2 temperature sender units, but the problem persists. Is this a known issue with them?

Both engines have less than 30 hours on them.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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I will take some pics this weekend.
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Im not taking the P*ss or anything, but have you gone back to the dealer? its brand new they should be bending over backwards to help you out? What do they say about it?
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Old 29 May 2012, 18:24   #7
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The company that is servicing the club RIBs is apparently an E Tec authorised dealer / service outlet. I will find out more next weekend. I was curious whether anybody else had heard of either of the issues I have mentioned.
We have around 8 or 9 other E tec 50's which have proven to be very reliable, powerful and frugal, which is why we stayed with the them for the new bigger RIBs, albeit the larger size.
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The 115 is one of the best engines in the range, and IMO the best 115 on the market. If they are rigged correctly then they are usually reliable and simple to maintain.

The black soot thing is a bit odd though. Sometimes in the first few hours of running due to the extra oil used there can be some black soot around the water outlet and the inside of the prop hub, however from your description the soot is coming from the an extension piece that I am not familiar with.

It sounds odd to me.

Speak to Rod Bower at Qinquari, he used to be BRP's lead tech in the UK and knows his stuff.
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We seem to have resolved the overheating issue. It turned out to be a faulty engine wiring harness. They have replaced the entire harness and so far all ok.

Forgot to take pics of the soot, will try and remember next weekend.
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