Anyone on here with a lot of experience with outboards?

Discussion in 'Outboard Maintenance' started by kooker, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. kooker

    kooker I Love microskiff.com!

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    I'm going to look at an outboard tomorrow and need some pointers on what to look for. It's currently "not running" but supposedly has good compression and everything for the most part works. The price is really cheap for the type of outboard (warning sign) so I'd obviously like to at least check it out just to see what exactly is going on. If someone on here could help me out I'll PM you the situation and see what you have to say about it.
     
  2. AfterHours2

    AfterHours2 Stripper in my own Mind!

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    With your situation, if you cannot get a competent mechanic to go with you and take a look then I would pass. There's too many things that could go overlooked and can end up costing you more than what it's worth. Sorry if this sounds harsh but I would hate to see you get stuck with a junker..
     

  3. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    Is it a newer model with electronic ignition?
     
  4. kooker

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    Late 90's, 2 stroke Mercury
     
  5. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    If it is electronic, then it has a cd I box = expensive.
    If magneto, lightly sand the inside of the flywheel and points to remove the light layer of rust and you will get your spark back.

    I do this when I have award time starting my chainsaw if been sitting for a few years without use.
     
  6. HaMm3r

    HaMm3r Well-Known Member

    You probably already went and looked at the motor and made your decision, but if not...

    For that motor, you can buy all new electronics (powerpack, stator, trigger) for $300-$350, so it depends on the asking price of the motor and how everything else checks out. CDI Electronics makes OEM ignition parts for Mercs and they're a lot cheaper, but very reliable.

    Basically, bring a compression tester and actually test it. Pull the plug on the gear case and see if there's water in the gear oil. Put it in gear and yank the pull start slowly. See if the prop turns in both forward and reverse.

    If you do all that and it checks out, then it's probably a viable motor. You may still have to put in a water pump, carb rebuild, fuel filters and some or all of the ignition system.