I am new to Evinrudes. I am looking at a 2011 Hydrasports 3000 with twin Evinrude Etec 250HP with 255 hours. What should I be looking for and what are the common problems with these engines, if there are any.
I'm having a survey done; However, the surveyer does not have the proprietory software to scan the engines so that makes me a little concern. Any thoughts on that.
02-08-2018 04:39 - edited 02-08-2018 04:41
Most surveyors only inspect the boat, hull, and rigging. At the most they may check engine compression. Normally they are not trained in the various outboard makes and models and it is very rare for one to have the special diagnostic software.
Knowledgeable boaters also enlist the services of a tech trained and experienced in the make of engine installed to do conduct the motor inspection and evaluation. The tech can also check for any outstanding service bulletins, software updates, and any service campaigns that apply to the engine. Be sure to request a printout of the downloaded engine report.
"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
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The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.
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