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Old 03 October 2011, 15:45   #1
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Yamaha F150 failed rams

Was about to collect a 2006 Solent 650 with Yamaha F150. On taking out of the water the seller has discovered the engine will not lift. A quick check by mechanic has identified a failure of the rams. Estimated cost of repair is 3k and time for repair at 3-4 months. Last engine service 2010. Any observations for a prospective buyer appreciated.

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Old 03 October 2011, 15:57   #2
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I'd be knocking 3000 off the asking price ,

And getting this !!

Yamaha Power Trim and tilt | eBay

assuming its the right 1 of course I could be wrong

but its worth checking
and If not then there is this one..

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Old 03 October 2011, 16:38   #3
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3k and up to 4 months for fix power trim rams? that sounds ridiculous to me. Although its not really your problem. If the rams have failed without the owner knowing does that mean it has generally been a bit neglected?
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Old 03 October 2011, 19:20   #4
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Did you find out exactly what they suspect is wrong with the trim rams?

There's something like 7 parts within each trim ram. The motor is about $600 new.

For the repair to cost 3000 pounds, they've got to be replacing the entire tilt/trim assembly. To mandate that, the tilt/trim frame/housing would have to be toast, which would imply lack of electrolysis protection, which in turn would raise questions to me about other parts that are suffering from corrosion/electrolysis issues.

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Old 04 October 2011, 03:52   #5
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Having repaired & retro fitted two already that does seem a tad steep!

In likely order of failing for a total no go:
Relay / switch
Motor Brushes
interanl seal (including the bypass having been opened due to one of the above & not re-closed before the dealer got it?) But it would still make noises if the electrics were working OK

+1 for the other comments regarding corrosion & price etc.
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