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Optimax Air Compressor Bolts Backing Out
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posted 06-04-2003 11:26 PM ET (US)
Has anyone recently heard anything about the air compressor bolts backing out on certain Optimax motors? There was a post on the hulltruth board in reference to this. I know some of us read that board frequently. There are certainly a bunch of OptiMax engines on a lot of the Whalers. If there is any merit to this it might be something to have checked.
posted 06-05-2003 11:48 AM ET (US)
There was a retrofit to 1997 and early 1998 small block OptiMax 135 and 150-HP motors to replace the alternator bracket. Had both mine done under warranty on my 135-HP motors. No problems since.
posted 07-31-2009 06:54 PM ET (US)
Found this old thread via a search here. Some of you may benefit from my experience:
A few weeks ago I had an alarm and Smartcraft read 'check engine'. Well removal of the hood found this:
The compressor had completely broken free from the block ! The compressor has two bolts up top and one below, the lower one was gone and the picture displays the result. The repair was done under warranty, no costs out of pocket, Mercury provided a new compressor for my 2006 Opti 150 no questions asked didn't even want the old one! The new compressor has an additional bolt below. The fact they didn't want the part back indicates a known problem. Check your compressor bolts !
posted 08-01-2009 04:52 PM ET (US)
Wow, with a defect like that I would think Mercury would have done a recall. I would hate to have it happen 20 miles offshore.
posted 08-01-2009 06:17 PM ET (US)
You are lucky, sometimes the bracket brakes and other times the bosses on the block tear out.
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