I know the tilt-locks on engines aren't designed for use when towing (according to the manual), but how many people have problems with them failing?
Since day one of having the boat, including towing all the way back from Hull, I have always lifted the engine up, popped in the catch, and then lowered the engine down till it stops solid - this works 2 fold cos the hydraulics are holding the engine down, yet the more substantial lock is holding the engine up. Until yesterday, all was fine.....
When I got to the boat, I lifted the engine up, popped out the catch, and lowered it down to check the oil before going out. Once completed, I lifted the engine up, popped in the catch, and lowered it back down again, at which point I noticed something very odd - the lock had slide away from the bolt it sits on, and the engine had dropped down lower than it should have done. I checked this on both sides, which turned out to be exactly the same - it's like the forks have been bent in say 2 or 3mm, so now when they have force applied on them, they just slide off the bolt. Firstly, I am baffled as to how the things are bending so keenly, but also, is this as a result of towing? Last year, and the year before, I didn't use the main road once - just the short journey between yard and slipway which is not bouncy.
If this is something that's going to fail because of towing, then there should be some concerned DF140 owners about
A couple of pics enclosed as links to maintain higher res:-
The first pic, it looks like the rubber covering has come into contact with the engine bracket since the thing travels that far down now, and you can see fracturing of the paintwork just to the right.
In both cases though, you can see that each side is sitting naturally further in than previously on the bolts.
The other issue I have is when selecting reverse. When selecting forward, the engine goes into gear perfectly everytime, but when selecting reverse, the engine from time to time would pop out and then back in again until the lever was sufficiently pulled back similar to my last rib with a tohatsu on the back. However, now, it's jumping out of gear when in reverse all the time at idle until you increase the revs a fair bit at which point it does stay engaged. This, I hope is just an adjustment issue, but would any of this (including the tilt lock) have been meddled with on the 200hr service does anyone reckon?
Whether by coincidence or not, these 2 faults have only occured since the last 200hr (expensive) service a few weeks back.
Any advice would be much appreciated.