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Landlocked posted 06-13-2002 10:40 AM ET (US)   Profile for Landlocked   Send Email to Landlocked  
I'm due to take my new merc 90 2str back to the dealer for a 20 hour service. Problem is its the height of the season and the dealer is nortoriously backed up. Wouldn't be surprised if they kept it for 2-3 weeks.

What's involved with the service and can any dealer do it without compromising the warranty?


JohnAz posted 06-13-2002 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
Make an appointment for a time of service...He made $$$ selling you the rig, and should understand you want to use it, not let it sit
NEVER SCARED posted 06-13-2002 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
I could never understand why a dealer needs to keep your boat for 2-4weeks for engine service. I thought it was just the dealers around me, but looks like the case all over. I personally dont like the idea of my classic being shuffled around a crowded boat yard, or left unattended where the public has access. (very common) I also think the 20 hour check is a scam. All they really do is change the lower unit oil, and upper if 4-stroke, and check the powerhead bolts for tightness. Like paying your dentist $120 to brush and floss your teeth!
Clark Roberts posted 06-13-2002 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
In addition to the oil change and torqueing of bolts the 20 hr check-up includes "link and sync" for throttle/timing and cable adjustments. Most important is the setting of the oil injector feed from "break-in" position to "normal" position. On the 90 Merc these positions are identified by scribe marks on the rotating part of injector pump body (where the throttle actuating rod attaches) and is very easy to adjust! Check maint manual or operators manual. Lots of 3 cyl mercs running around on "break-in" oil position and extra oil is being used and most likely power being lost! Don't overlook the 20hr check-up... easy to do yourself and you will most likely do it better! Happy Whalin'/// Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy.
PS> Also prop should be pulled and spline greased, steering greased, yoke greased, all fuel hose clamps/connections checked...etc...etc...etc...etc...
Landlocked posted 06-13-2002 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Thanks guys, May call him and see if I can do it myself without compromising warranty.


Dick posted 06-13-2002 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I see no reason to keep a boat on the lot for 2 to 3 weeks and can think of tons of reasons not to.
Right now I am booked out 2 weeks. Do I want your boat in my way for 2 weeks, NO. Other obvious reasons are the possibility of damage and theft.

I schedual drop offs 1 or 2 days prior to the service appointment if on a trailer and early AM on the same day if coming by water.

There is no plus side for me or the owner to have his boat on the lot 2 weeks befor we can get to it.

Landlocked posted 06-14-2002 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
My "dealer" is bass pro. They took over an old chevy dealer's property with several large shops and abundant parking to handle the volume they do. Apparently they want the boat there so they can work on it immediately when time becomes available. New boat fitting - their primary function, takes priority.


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