I understand that water
is needed to cool the engine
and running it without water
will cause permanent damage. But my primary use for the outboard
right now is to get my dinghy
to the mooring
ball where my sailboat is tied. So I really only need to run the outboard
for a few minutes. Rowing isn't an option because the sailboat is on a river and it's almost impossible to row against the current
. The engine
starts out cold and the oil
is cold--will that keep the engine cool for a few minutes?
Looking through the service
manual, it looks like getting to the water pump isn't that easy. First step is to drain gear oil
. And, since the season is almost over, I'd prefer to do all this later rather than having to bring the outboard home, work on it, replace the gear
oil etc. I already purchased the repair kit with a new impeller but haven't installed it. How much damage do I cause by running the engine for very brief periods of time without water?
Also, a few questions about working on the engine: First, do I have to buy the Nissan
spring pin tool as the manual recommends, or is there some more common tool that I can use that I may already have? Second, where is the thermostat? The manual says to check it, but doesn't say where it is. The problem could be the thermostat and not the impeller. As you can tell, I haven't worked on this part of the engine before.