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Buckda posted 08-23-2002 07:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for Buckda   Send Email to Buckda  
Hi guys...just picked up my boat this morning..when I got it to the lake this afternoon, the engine alarm went off after about 10 minutes.....There was no such alarm sounding when I test drove it on Sunday....but now it starts to sound after about 4 minutes of running at idle....Ideas? I want to take it to the local marina tomorrow morning, but am afriad to drive it (it's about 3 miles to the marina, and to the public ramp....either way, I have to get the boat there by Monday morning to take it home with me...

ANy thoughts? Do you think I can safely drive it to the Marina tomorrow morning?
Thanks!...I'm pretty frustrated that I just bought the boat and am having troubles already...

Mark Gallagher posted 08-24-2002 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
What does the warning alarm do? There are 3 different sounds: constant, overheat; every few seconds, no oiling; intermittently, low oil in supply tank.

If my engine had been sitting or engine tilted for a while I'd sometimes get no oil horn. Squeeze gas and oil bulbs and it may stop or increase engine speed for a very short time and see if it stops.

Check all oil/fuel lines for tightness/leaks.
An air leak will suck air into the fuel air supply and ruin your engine.

If you have any doubts and are not sure about what you find or fix be sure to have a professional look at it otherwise you may do severe engine damage.

A last note, if overheat alarm check water intakes on lower engine for any obstructions and when did this engine last have wtaer pump impeller changed, and is there a stream of water fron tell tale hole while engine in running.


Buckda posted 08-24-2002 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Mark -

Thanks for the reply. It is a constant alarm. I ran it a few times last night as I was trying to figure out what the problem was...very concerned at that time about the oil supply. Oil resevoir is full, bulb on line is firm. Engine has been slightly tilted during 250 mile trailering to the Upper Peninsula...but alarm didn't sound until about 10 minutes after I launched it.

Called the local marinas this morning, no service staff available on saturday, but the local Evinrude dealer suggested that it was an overheat alarm too...trouble is, I just went out tostart it to check if it WAS overheating, and the alarm started immediately upon ignition. So I shut it down..think I may tow it to the ramp today and leave it at a marina over the week. Just really concerned.

ANy chance it's a sensor gone bad?

Longing for the good old days when these engines just ran or not.

Lots of oil in resevoir.
Oil bulb is firm.
Telltale water stream is strong.

Mark Gallagher posted 08-24-2002 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
At least you know it's the overheat alarm now. I believe each cyl head has a temp sensor with I think a brown wire. Look at the heads close to spark plug area and check for sensors. They screw into top of head. It should be a single wire with a pig tail connector several inchs from the sensor. The sensor screws into the head. If the alarm goes off when you are positive the engine is still cool unplug one sensor at a time.

Or unplug both to be sure. If the alarm still goes off you may have a horn problem or a pinched shorted to ground wire in the circuit. Be sure someone didn't pinch some wiring harness while installing the engine hood/cover. Just a few ideas.

Dunk posted 08-24-2002 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dunk  Send Email to Dunk     
If it's V6 or V4 looper it will go into the SLOW mode if she's hot. This is over 205 degrees. These engines also have fuel restriction alarm that sounds the same way the heat does, continiously.

Which engine is it??

Buckda posted 08-27-2002 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Thanks for the responses guys...Dealer said okay to run for the weekend, but then developed an additional problem later that night (had to paddle home in the middle of the least the lights worked!) Is now back in Lower Michigan at a boatyard being inspected...oil leaked from the front of the engine into the splashwell while towing yesterday afternoon....a little concerned now. Will update you as I know more.

Thanks again for the advice...I also talked to a mechanic on Saturday morning to help out.

Mark Gallagher posted 08-31-2002 07:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
Keep us posted on what you find. I'm curious.


Buckda posted 09-03-2002 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Okay...just got off the phone with the marina in Michigan.....culprit for non-start is a bad power pack....$275 part...1/2 hour labor. Not familiar with the function of this part, but apparently part of the ignition system. once that is fixed, they'll diagnose what is wrong with the engine alarm....I see my wallet circling the drain here....

Anyone else have a "power pack" fail on their engine? What might I have done to cause this part to fail - or does it just wear out?

Bigshot posted 09-03-2002 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
When they fail...they fail. Usually never intermittent. Very common but usually only once. iF it blows another then there is something wrong, but i think it was just bad timing in your instance. Alarm can be anything, let them find it.
Buckda posted 09-05-2002 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Okay...problem solved.

Alarm: False - "bad warning horn" $50
Non-Start: Bad Power Pack - $275
Tax and Labor: $150
Getting in the last few weekends of warmth on the water in my new whaler...Priceless

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