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blavid posted 04-07-2002 11:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for blavid   Send Email to blavid  
I was flushing my 2002 Optimax 200 using the quick release adapter in the back of the engine, and I pushed the rubber gasket in too much (it came off of it's groove). There seems to be some exhaust outlet and the "tattletale" water outlet using the same gasket. I couldn't pry it back out tonight. Any advice on how to re-seat the dang gasket? It seems like it is going to be a problem. Has this happened to anyone else?
InHerNet posted 04-08-2002 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
blavid- the same thing happened to me when I first used the quick release. I removed the cover and pushed it back into place. The rubber gasket has a grove in it and if you work one end in first then twist it (turn) back and forth until it reseals. I am very careful now when I screw the quick release on.
phatwhaler posted 04-08-2002 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     

Have you taken that boating course yet?

phatwhaler out.

David Ratusnik posted 04-08-2002 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Again, dry store the boat. The marina hands will flush the heck out of it for you, clean it and put it away safe and snug. .o3 David
blavid posted 04-08-2002 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for blavid  Send Email to blavid     
I still have to call the Auxiliary CG for that course....learned a lot with some friends already who have loads of boating experience as is a certified Captain!...but there always is room for knowledge.

I was able to get the rubber gasket back into place by removing the outer cowl housing, but I think the whole quick release mount is out of IT'S seal WITHIN the rubber gasket now!

Swellmonster posted 04-11-2002 03:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Samething happened to me. Now I dont use the quick-connect. I just carefully screw the hose into the port. Works fine!
blavid posted 04-12-2002 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for blavid  Send Email to blavid     
I am going to do the same thing as you; it is a very annoying problem and I think it was an oversight. I just have to be extra careful I guess.
blackdog posted 04-12-2002 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Can you guys use a set of Muffs? Best 7 bucks I ever spent. I have a quick flush port on my Ficht but I use the muffs to insure water runs through the water pump. My flush port bypasses the water pump I believe.
Swellmonster posted 04-12-2002 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Muffs are too loud.
I just changed my waterpump 180 hrs and there was no salt issues...
blavid posted 04-12-2002 09:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for blavid  Send Email to blavid     
I have the muffs, too, but I have never used them. The flush port seems to work quite well, and I am glad that there were no saltwater issues with Swellmonster's pump. What kind of shop manual are you getting from Marinemax?
aubv posted 04-12-2002 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

I use muffs but while the boat is still in the water. After installing the muffs lower the engine into the water. I like to do it as soon as I hit the dock. This way while the engine is running I can start to wash the boat.

Swellmonster posted 04-14-2002 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Now that sounds like a neat and quiet idea for flushing.

I am getting the shop tech manual for my motor.

blackdog posted 04-15-2002 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
It can be loud but I like to run with the muffs on about 3-5 minutes to let the thermostat open up and flush all that salt water out. The muffs are a lot tougher than the flush port and I donít have to worry about stripping. I read in the manual you should not use any type of quick connect or anything that can restrict water flow when using the flush port. Just a hose but thatís on an OMC. What does the Merc manual say?
triblet posted 04-15-2002 01:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
1. Most QDs have less restriction than most
hose bibs wide open.

2. To keep the water pressure down to OMC's
recommended 50 PSI, I can't turn the hose
bib on very far anyway.


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