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Old 27 February 2011, 06:09   #1
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This is probably a stupid question and has been answered before....but...

My engine was fully serviced a year ago but due to unforeseen family circumstances the boat was hardly used last year (<5hours!!) and has been out of the water over the winter. I am loathed to spend 200 + on another full service this year. What are the essentials? How much of these can I easily do myself e.g. oil change?

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Old 27 February 2011, 06:14   #2
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This is probably a stupid question and has been answered before....but...

My engine was fully serviced a year ago but due to unforeseen family circumstances the boat was hardly used last year (<5hours!!) and has been out of the water over the winter. I am loathed to spend 200 + on another full service this year. What are the essentials? How much of these can I easily do myself e.g. oil change?

Thanks for your advice.

Jon
You can do it all yourself. You might want to change the gearbox oil and sump oil. But I'd think the key thing on an engine which has been sitting unused for a year would be to make sure everything that needs to move is well greased and free moving.
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Old 27 February 2011, 06:54   #3
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If it was well winterized, I wouldn't bother servicing it after only 5hrs use.
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Old 27 February 2011, 07:42   #4
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If it was well winterized, I wouldn't bother servicing it after only 5hrs use.
True.

Just check for stale fuel in the system and give that a clean out/replenish with fresh
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Old 27 February 2011, 07:43   #5
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I wouldn't touch it after only 5 hours, I'd be servicing mine every week otherwise

The only issue might be the impellor, some chance of the rubber blades going stiff and brittle after being sat for so long especially with the cold winter we've had
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Old 27 February 2011, 12:06   #6
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While the boat is out of the water get a hose pipe and muffs on the motor and run it for a good 15 minutes and keep an eye on the water flow from the tell-tale.
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Old 27 February 2011, 14:48   #7
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After only 5 hours I wouldn't bother servicing it. The impeller should be fine (assuming it was changed last season), so no need to drop the gearbox and drain oil. Clean the fuel filter, and top up the tank with fresh fuel. Also worth putting the battery on a trickle charge. I'd also remove the spark plugs to clean. Use a little copper-ease on the threads before putting them back in.
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Old 27 February 2011, 18:18   #8
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Thank you so much guys, thats really helpful.

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i would agree, just a re grease and fuel as grease goes hard, and modern fuel goes off with all this ethanol mix in it,
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