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off-the-grid 25-04-2011 20:43

Cure for a Submerged Outboard
 
After a week with no motor, I changed the spark plug, and it started working again. Yesterday morning it even started on the first pull. Then it wound up underwater...again. Last time that happened it started right up.

Well this time not so good. So far I rinsed with fresh water. So, what do I try next?

So close to dumping this thing and just sticking with the oars...or maybe leaving Miami for someplace that doesn't have a dinghy sinking wall.

WoundedWarrior 25-04-2011 21:10

Re: Cure for a submerged outboard
 
pulled plugs again and upended the motor to drain fluid from cylinders?

WoundedWarrior 25-04-2011 21:11

Re: Cure for a submerged outboard
 
oh, and was it running when it went under?

John A 25-04-2011 21:40

Re: Cure for a submerged outboard
 
It maybe to late but, pour a couple of tablespoons of oil in the sparkplug hole and crank to lube the whole inards. crank to get all the oil out and replace the sparkplug.
If it starts again, run at high rpm.
Never use it for distances greater than you wish to row. Confidence is not high.

Auspicious 25-04-2011 22:21

Re: Cure for a submerged outboard
 
Change all fluids. Open all the electrical connectors and spare with WD-40. Drain carb bowls. Try again.

avb3 25-04-2011 22:36

Re: Cure for a submerged outboard
 
Perhaps you now have a new anchor? :whistling:

bill good 25-04-2011 23:01

Re: Cure for a submerged outboard
 
pull it down & wash all parts in diesel replace points if not cdi. Reassemble.

GordMay 26-04-2011 04:43

Re: Cure for a submerged outboard
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bill good (Post 674337)
pull it down & wash all parts in diesel* replace points if not cdi. Reassemble.

Or kerosene*.

lorenzo b 26-04-2011 05:42

Re: Cure for a Submerged Outboard
 
Bite the bullet and take it to the dealer. Should do that anyway every few years. Motors that are not 100% reliable are 100% worthless.

off-the-grid 26-04-2011 07:12

Re: Cure for a Submerged Outboard
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by lorenzo b (Post 674469)
Bite the bullet and take it to the dealer. Should do that anyway every few years. Motors that are not 100% reliable are 100% worthless.

Thanks, I'll try some of these suggestions, but I think we have a winner here!

Even before I got to Miami this thing has been kind of inconsistent.

WillJacocks 26-04-2011 07:41

Re: Cure for a Submerged Outboard
 
Use MMO to soak the pistons. Just put a little bit in each spark plug hole. Should help to keep pistons lubed up and rust free until you get it worked on. (Marvel Mystery Oil)

off-the-grid 27-04-2011 12:13

Re: Cure for a Submerged Outboard
 
Sprayed the **** out of everything and got it running again, but...

I have to keep it choked. If I let out the choke even a little it stalls more often than not. Same with the RPM. I really have to keep the throttle up, or it tends to stop too. Good thing it's only a 2HP.

doug86 27-04-2011 12:33

Re: Cure for a Submerged Outboard
 
tear the carb apart and clean all. One speck of yuck can make it run really poorly. Don't drop anything!

off-the-grid 27-04-2011 12:40

Re: Cure for a Submerged Outboard
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by doug86 (Post 675681)
tear the carb apart and clean all. One speck of yuck can make it run really poorly. Don't drop anything!

When am I going to learn...that's always the answer, isn't it?

SkiprJohn 27-04-2011 13:03

Re: Cure for a Submerged Outboard
 
Definitely if you have to choke it to keep it running its always the carb.

Good luck. Don't give up. The more you work on it the more you know how to keep it running.

kind regards,


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