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Old 13 September 2015, 04:37   #1
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3 year service intervals anyone?
5 years on the new uns !
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Old 13 September 2015, 08:35   #2
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5 years on the new uns !
...How does that work on Anode replacement then? ...Especially on the bigger lumps?
I remember mine (130 e-tec) ALWAYS had a "yearly check"anyway!....which always seemed to cost quite a few quid!..including replacing a couple of Spark plugs and a trim ram LONG before the "Service Time" due date!

I must say The thought of leaving a modern high tec electronically advanced and very EXPENSIVE Outboard OF ANY MAKE!..... on the back of a Boat (even on a mooring in the Sea and our prevailing elements) for FIVE years!!.. between any kind of service seems utterly nuts!
And surly must be asking for trouble...not least if there is a warranty issue??
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Hmmm. I wouldn't wanna wait 3 or 5 years before its checked over, Preventative maintenance or at least an inspection possibly could have stopped this happening on any type of outboard. Small problems or issues become large ones if left or are BRP banking on it going wrong annually anyway?
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...How does that work on Anode replacement then? ...Especially on the bigger lumps?
I remember mine (130 e-tec) ALWAYS had a "yearly check"anyway!....which always seemed to cost quite a few quid!..including replacing a couple of Spark plugs and a trim ram LONG before the "Service Time" due date!
What exactly were they charging you "quite a few quid" for? Unless you have a failure, there's little to check.

An Etec service isn't much more than a plug-in, set of plugs, an impellor if due and a good coat of 'looking at'.



Anodes barely fizz unless the boat is left on the water for extended periods.

Trim pump failure is a warranty item, not service.
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on the back of a Boat (even on a mooring in the Sea and our prevailing elements) for FIVE years!!.. between any kind of service seems utterly nuts!
And surly must be asking for trouble...not least if there is a warranty issue??
It would be a bit of a futile argument for Barrus to say we only recommend a service every 5 years then refuse to warrant a part because of lack of service. I agree that 5 yrs without any TLC in a salty wet environment is seriously challenging. However to me (a non-Etec owner) that shows an incredible confidence in their product / materials / engineering. (Either that or they've done the stats and discovered a typical mechanic does more harm than good poking around inside outboards?)
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(Either that or they've done the stats and discovered a typical mechanic does more harm than good poking around inside outboards?)
Ha Ha thats soooo true!!
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Hmmm. I wouldn't wanna wait 3 or 5 years before its checked over, Preventative maintenance or at least an inspection possibly could have stopped this happening on any type of outboard. Small problems or issues become large ones if left or are BRP banking on it going wrong annually anyway?
Mmmm... looks like a broken transom saddle , I know all about that, luckily for me it was still under warranty

My first service cost me 429.44 and I had to be brought round with smelling salts after being presented with the bill ... but divide that by three I suppose it wasn't all that bad
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The broken saddle picture is a scary sight
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Pretty scary to have it happen at full chat I'd imagine.
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The thing is I'm not knocking e-tech engines just thier silly and mis leading (IMV) claims concerning the maintanece schedule!
I don't recall...but is it incumbant on the etec owner to have a yearly check by a qualified engineer or not?? my point about the anodes??

I know my Suz 250 has loads and some are quite hard to access... And They are ALL very important...infact vital!
I do know it doesn't take long (with ANYTHING like-normal useage) for a sizeable outboard and the electrostatic forces generated to EAT into anodes!..regardless if the Boat is KEPT on the water or NOT..Most damage is done when underway.
I have all parts replaced returned to me by my engineer and it's easy to see the sacrificial damage on the anodes!..after 12 months...let alone Five years!
None of us like paying inflated service charges for sure,my point being (as a former owner) if you think you can wait Three and now...Five years! between any sort of maintenance on ANY OUTBOARD engine used in a regular way in Salt water and expect trouble free Boating you're in Cloud Cuckoo land!

I had mine looked at YEARLY ( and was happy to pay it for the peace of mind) as a point of pre-emptive maintenance,as I didn't/don't want a failure that maybe eassily avoided by a check over...today done mostly with a lap top! and on the two yearly checks I had there were things needed to be addressed...Two plugs failing the Ram and an injector glitch...apart from the plugs all sorted under warranty..the point being IF the engine had NOT been checked over.....ALL could have resulted in a failure at Sea.
And that was an engine on the Boat kept in Shed truly pampered and washed/polished after each outing.
I do seem to remember Mollers having a corrosion issue some time ago...again if memory serves only discoverd after he removed the leg cowling???....
NOT the sort of thing that improves if left for Five years.
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