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Old 26 August 2004, 03:29   #1
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YANMAR advice...

I collected our new RIB from Ribcraft on monday, and have dutifully read (and re-read) the engine manual, but I can't find anything in it on running-in. All it says is don't overload the engine for the first 50 hours.

Anybody know whether I need to run it in (I know you did on YANMARs up to a year ago at least) - and if so where does it say?

Any advice would be useful, we are launching her on saturday morning, and I don't want to mess up the engine (or anything else) through my own stupidity!!

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Old 26 August 2004, 04:40   #2
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The important bit is to run the drive in, gentle for the first couple of hours, and for the first 10 don't labour at one speed for to long. Regular oil changes in the drive are a must, certainly after the first 10 hours, and then I'd do every 25. It's expensive, (2.4 litres excluding reservoir) but well worth it!
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Old 26 August 2004, 05:02   #3
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Thanks for that!!

So - as long as I don't thrash the engine (or drive), overload it, or keep it going for too long at one throttle setting, that's all the running in I need to do?

I haven't read the drive manual yet - but will definately follow the oil advice!!

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Well done Dylan. It took some time but I am sure it was worth it.
Please post some pictures . Hope to meet up with you one day in the Solent
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They often say that modern engines don't need running in but that is crap - the longer the running in period the better - of course you must also be careful not to be too gentle with it either.

Avoid operating at one throttle setting for too long - easy in a car - much harder in a boat!

Don't use maximum revs for a while and allow it to warm up for a few minutes before moving off - don't know when the advised first oil change is but don't miss it and remember - nobody ever hurt an engine by changing the oil sooner rather than later!
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Old 26 August 2004, 17:52   #6
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New RIB...

Andre,

Well, although I didn't know about the timing stuff when I ordered the RIB, I'm very glad that she's here!! I imagine that we'll be North West based for the next few months, but have some tentative plans to get down south next year!! I look forward to meeting you then!!

As for the rest of the advice - thanks very much, I'll definately be keeping on top of the oil changes!!

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P.S. Oh - I'll also be posting pictures - once I've worked out how to do it.........
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