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|Author||Topic: Optimax oops...!|
posted 04-07-2002 11:38 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 04-08-2002 03:57 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 04-08-2002 04:12 PM ET (US)
Have you taken that boating course yet?
posted 04-08-2002 06:58 PM ET (US)
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
posted 04-08-2002 06:59 PM ET (US)
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 well....one 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!
posted 04-11-2002 03:06 PM ET (US)
Samething happened to me. Now I dont use the quick-connect. I just carefully screw the hose into the port. Works fine!
posted 04-12-2002 10:22 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 04-12-2002 11:45 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 04-12-2002 02:40 PM ET (US)
Muffs are too loud.
I just changed my waterpump 180 hrs and there was no salt issues...
posted 04-12-2002 09:24 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 04-12-2002 10:04 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 04-14-2002 10:14 AM ET (US)
Now that sounds like a neat and quiet idea for flushing.
I am getting the shop tech manual for my motor.
posted 04-15-2002 08:56 AM ET (US)
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?
posted 04-15-2002 01:32 PM ET (US)
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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