Problem with Mariner 30EFI - prop sliping?
Last sunday went for a fishing ride almost 4 months after the last ride. The rib is kept in my garage safe from the elements.
On the way I started to notice a kind of ressonance coming from the engine but could not tell from where it came. At first I thought it was from the cowl.
After a couple starts and stops looking for fish, we headed home but stopped one last time to try our luck. That was when I noticed something strange. I put the gear in neutral and stopped the motor and after the motor stopped I heard a clacking sound coming from undewater.
On the way back it revved fine at 5000 rpm and planed without problems.
After returning to the slipway I checked the prop and after turning it by hand, I found the clacking sound came from somewhere in the gearbox or the hub.
The strangest thing is that after putting the engine into gear, I was still able to turn the prop by hand... I thought to myself "This isnt right, it should be like pushing a car in gear... it shouldn't move".
I think I have a problem somewhere but found no clues on this forum or the Net.
Can someone please help me? What could be wrong?
The engine is 2 years old, has about 150 hours and had its anual maintenance in April.