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Old 14 May 2008, 04:10   #1
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Susuki DF140 Service

Does anyone have any suggestions for where to get above engine serviced in the Poole area? Happy to travel a bit further though.

Keen to know about careful, friendly, experienced and thorough engineeers that are happy for me to look over their shoulder at my engine when thy are working on it, so I can get to know my motor a bit better.

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Old 14 May 2008, 05:16   #2
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I'd have thought - you'd be lucky to get an engineer to allow you to effectively 'sit-in and watch', but good luck. You have to be mechanically minded to undertake an engine service. With experience and knowledge, the average competent DIY mechanic should be able to undertake gear-oil replacement, impeller change, check thermostat, oil-change and filter (only 4-stroke), change spark plugs, grease nipple points, grease and adjust throttle linkage, clean fuel filter, grease prop shaft splines, replace prop split-pin, check engine bolt torque settings, etc. These jobs don't require specialist tools.
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Old 14 May 2008, 13:01   #3
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Thanks Spart

I could do all you mention , but engine still under warranty so guess I need an 'agent'.
Who would you use in around Poole?

I want to 'watch' because I want to know how to look after my engine better and not to check up on an engineer.

It varies so much with various trades/companies. My local VolvoPenta agents are more than happy to have me poking about alongside, pasing tools,checking service schedule with them etc etc on the 'mother ship' . But the place I had my towbar fitted were so secretive and anti me knowing which bits of my car they pulled apart and where they hid the relays and fuses, that I would have gone somewhere else had I known they had so much angst about the quality of their work.
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I use "at home" service for both my boat engine and vehicles. I find that if you ask if you can participate they will always say yes. However, You should have some mechanical and product knowledge if you wish to do this. Example: if you look over their shoulder with a note book in your hand and ask " what size spanner did you use" they will get P,ed off and rightly so. Also if you say" did you tighten that bolt enough"
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