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intruder posted 08-15-2006 05:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for intruder   Send Email to intruder  
[I seek] information on model-year 2000 150-HP Ficht failures (or worse, blowing up) due to a vapor separator cap failing. I have a 2000 Evinrude Ficht 150-HP that I purchased from the original owner in 2005. It had about 12 hours on it. It has about 100 on it now.

I had a problem last week where the vapor separator cap split, causing a fuel leak and inability to start. As I read through various forums I see where the 1999 through 2000 Fichts in the 200- to 225-HP range were recalled for fuel leaks which caused fires. The BoatUS.com comsumer page, in fact, says "Fuel separators used...are one source for leaks...In hot weather the fuel in the separator expands after the engine is stopped or sometimes in real hot weather just the sun shining on the motor cover causes enough heat expansion to push the top off the canister." (http://my.boatus.com/consumer/200225hpfichtfires.asp)

This is exactly what happened to my 150 Ficht! Yet I don't find any recall information on the 150-HP model.

I was able to get a replacement vapor separator cap, and installed it last night, but the engine won't start (solid CHECK ENGINE light when I turn the key on), so I suspect this caused water to get into my fuel system when the vapor separator cap failed.

In the boating realm, just like in the aviation world, I'd gladly prefer reliability to efficiency any day of the week. Not sure why we can't get both though.

jimh posted 08-15-2006 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[This article was appended to a four-year-old discussion on the origins of the Ficht engine. I have separated it from that long-dormant thread. Please do not revive threads which have been dormant for years.]
jimh posted 08-15-2006 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Why did I put this in PERFORMANCE? Nuts--moving to REPAIRS/MODS.
jimh posted 08-15-2006 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[OK--ten minutes working on this one thread! I hope someone has information on this topic.]
bsmotril posted 08-15-2006 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
QRZ?

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