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Old 25 January 2008, 21:35   #1
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Outboard repair costs.

Motor is a 2001 merc. EFI. Lower gearcase had fishing line welded to the prop. shaft outer oil seal. Decided that modern V6 outboards are probably too complicated for me to mess with. Local Merc. service guy collected lower unit from my home. Returned and fitted rebuilt lower unit. I also requested a full engine check over / service.

Parts:
Lower gearcase bearing carrier
New bearings and seal
G/case oil
6 spark plugs
Water pump kit
Water punp housing ( pitted)
Two side anodes and one lower anode ( shit those things are expensive)

Labor:
Service call ( pick up and install -2 visits)
Compresion test all cylinders
Run up motor on muffs
Check all cable adjustments
Check all electrical and cooling functions.

Labor was $538.00
Parts was $308.00
Tax was $20.00

Total $866.00


Is this a reaonable charge? Seems very high to me but there again, I am a tight arse.
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Old 25 January 2008, 22:28   #2
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Motor is a 2001 merc. EFI. Lower gearcase had fishing line welded to the prop. shaft outer oil seal. Decided that modern V6 outboards are probably too complicated for me to mess with. Local Merc. service guy collected lower unit from my home. Returned and fitted rebuilt lower unit. I also requested a full engine check over / service.

Parts:
Lower gearcase bearing carrier
New bearings and seal
G/case oil
6 spark plugs
Water pump kit
Water punp housing ( pitted)
Two side anodes and one lower anode ( shit those things are expensive)

Labor:
Service call ( pick up and install -2 visits)
Compresion test all cylinders
Run up motor on muffs
Check all cable adjustments
Check all electrical and cooling functions.

Labor was $538.00
Parts was $308.00
Tax was $20.00

Total $866.00


Is this a reaonable charge? Seems very high to me but there again, I am a tight arse.
Ouch! seems like quite a bit to me but nothing about servicing these damn outboards is cheap imho. Cheaper to take yourself to a doctor probably... Hows the boat looking Limey? Been gone for a while.
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Old 25 January 2008, 22:44   #3
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Ouch! seems like quite a bit to me but nothing about servicing these damn outboards is cheap imho. Cheaper to take yourself to a doctor probably... Hows the boat looking Limey? Been gone for a while.
Good to hear from you again Pat. Project has been on hold for about 6 months due to a Med. problem. Could not justify spending monay on the boat in such circumstances. Now resolved, I hope, and will be on the water in a few weeks. No, it is not cheaper to go to a " docter" I have discovered that most of them are cheating B*****d's.
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Sounds about right. Two visits plus a couple of hours to service the engine and probably a days work rebuilding the gearbox with new parts. How long would it take you to re-shim the box not to mention getting the bearing carrier out without the correcct tools. There somethings its just worth paying for. At least you know its now fixed.

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Old 26 January 2008, 19:26   #5
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Sounds about right. Two visits plus a couple of hours to service the engine and probably a days work rebuilding the gearbox with new parts. How long would it take you to re-shim the box not to mention getting the bearing carrier out without the correcct tools. There somethings its just worth paying for. At least you know its now fixed.

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You are right about the special tool needed to remove the bearing carrier and accesability to shims etc. I bought the factory manual and after seeing what was involved decided to let an expert do it. Seems I sruck luck with my choice of mechanic as he seems to have all the right stuff and is merc. factory trained about 25 years of experience. He has a contract for all the police and game and fish dept. boats.
Probably a good time to stop thinking I can do everything myself.
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