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Reichy posted 07-11-2008 05:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for Reichy  
What is the normal wait for service in the summer season? I've been trying to get our Whaler in for a repeat service on the Verado 225 for a [remedy to the problem] of "making" oil since late May, but have been told by our local dealer that they are too busy to even accept the boat. Is it normal to have such a delay in service?
glen e posted 07-11-2008 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for glen e  Send Email to glen e     
making oil is pretty easy to rectify - see this post on the verado owner's site...

swist posted 07-11-2008 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
Delays of some sort are common in any area with seasonal boating (I notice you are from MD). If dealerships had to staff up for the Summer service volume, what would they do with those people in the off-season?
jimh posted 07-11-2008 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Most outboard motor service shops are very busy during the summer, particularly if they are located in a northern area where boating season is short. However, waiting since May is very excessive. Particularly for re-work on an existing problem.
Reichy posted 07-11-2008 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Reichy    
Thanks, glen e. I've followed the Verado Owners Group instructions on breaking the trend of making oil, yet the issue continues. The fuel delivery assembly was replaced in February at 85 hours, and we now have 115 with an extra 1/2" of oil showing above the hash marks on the 225's dipstick. We run it at full throttle for a few minutes each trip (~6,200 RPM with motor trim/tilt @ 8).
Feejer posted 07-12-2008 11:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
What part of MD are you from? I keep my boat at Anchor Marina in North East, MD. The two times over the last two summers I needed service on my boat it was completed in 2-3 days.
Tom W Clark posted 07-12-2008 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
In the Seattle area, wait times for outboard motor service this time of year are 2-4 weeks. Typical shop labor rates range from $125-$165 per hour.
glen e posted 07-12-2008 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for glen e  Send Email to glen e     
do a compression test...and if that's OK ,search for a leaky injector....are you running quikleen? a double shock dose might break a ring free also... see the article written by one of my CERTIFED techs here.... but it sounds to me like it might be something else as you have done the right break in....

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