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Old 31 July 2008, 15:26   #1
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Suzuki Trim Rams Corroding (Pitting)

Found pitting on trim rams on Suzuki 250 outboard. Rams are only 14 months old. Has anyone experienced this previously or come up with a remedy. Checked waterline on other boats and found the same level as my own ( Rams always below waterline).
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Found pitting on trim rams on Suzuki 250 outboard. Rams are only 14 months old. Has anyone experienced this previously or come up with a remedy. Checked waterline on other boats and found the same level as my own ( Rams always below waterline).
Put an ohm meter between your anode and the engine earth to make sure they are actually connected properly.
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is the unit leaking oil?
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Pitting trim rams

Yes oil is leaking from rams. Had Marine engineer check same and he has recommended to re-mount engine 4 inches higher on transom to raise trim rams out of water. This may solve problem on rams but what will start corroding next? Any advice?
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The suzuki 225 and 250 hp are prone to pitting and leaking. I have seen it happen on quite a few motors.... The dealer replaced all the rams as the motors were still under warranty.
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I also will have the rams replaced under warranty but cannot have this happening every year. I am being told it's because of electrolysis over all the different metals on the outboard. Need help BIG TIME!
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I am definately no expert (ark my wife)!!!! but my personal experience would suggest that you could try the following which might alleviate the problem. Check that the bonding straps between engine parts and/or sacrificial anodes are properly connected and not inadvertantly "insulated" by paint or grease. Also check that the sacrificial anodes themselves have not been "protected" by paint, grease, wax etc, especially the one at the base of the engine bracket.
A separate sacrificial anode fixed as low as possible ( must be under the water when the boat is at rest) on the outside of the transom and connected directly to the battery earth terminal has also been recommended to me as a solution for reducing electrolitic/galvanic corrosion and I have seen it installed on a number of boats.
I hope some expert can confirm this "possible fix" as being appropriate for your problem.
Finally, switching off the battery isolation switch has been advised to me as another possible "fix". Good luck.
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Secondary anode fitted to hull was also suggested to me by a marine engineer. Appreciate replies Big Time. Will fit anode and start switching off power isolator and will see what happens. Thanks again!!!
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Had Marine engineer check same and he has recommended to re-mount engine 4 inches higher on transom to raise trim rams out of water. This may solve problem on rams but what will start corroding next? Any advice?
Won't help your prop grip much though-or is a 4" raise appropriate for your boat? I wouldn't be going back to him if it wasn't...
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Ruling out rising the engine as you said. Have to rectify Electrolysis issue
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