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Clark Roberts posted 02-10-2002 08:10 AM ET (US)   Profile for Clark Roberts   Send Email to Clark Roberts  
A post by Steve under General "motor survey" about mud daubbers/insects ruining engines prompted this post. Here in NE Fla. mud daubbers (mud wasps,dirt daubbers or whatever you may call them) will get into and build nests under outboard cowlings and I have known of at least 3 engines that have been ruined when the very abrasive mud/dirt is injested into the engine! To prevent this from happening to me I always put window screen wire (the plastic type) over all intake openings in cowling. Silicone adhesive works very good and the entire process takes maybe half and hour. First remove the cowling and figure out how the air gets in and cover all openings with screen (usually requires removing a piece from cowling to get at openings)... Now the exhaust openings and the pan drains under power head will require constant monitoring but if you screen the air intakes you've taken care of most of the problem... Happy Whalin'... Clark.. Pest Control Div. of Spruce Creek Navy
jimh posted 02-10-2002 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Good tips, Clark!

Up north we seem to be under attack in the fall from a new breed of Ladybug. I think it is actually a Japanese import that looks like a Ladybug. In late September and early October these little critters are out in droves. I have found them under the engine cowling of all my outboards. Fortunately, they don't seem to build nests.

Hank posted 02-11-2002 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hank  Send Email to Hank     
Thanks for the tip, Clark. I've found mud daubers in the console of my Montauk but never thought to check the engine cowling.

Incidentally, I have had a piece of plastic tie get caught in the carb intake. Result was I couldn't slow down.
The message is: check under cowling for any thing that might be sucked into your engine intake.

Thanks for the reminder, Clark.


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