Well how do you explain the writing on your -ve lead and NO writing on the genuine BRP leads. As I said previously I am 100% certain now that your battery leads are not the genuine and CORRECT ones like Bill posted.
No one said you HAVE to use the genuine cables but your problems started with the badly crimped -ve terminal so whoever did that did not do a good job and as I said earlier it would be interesting to see the rest of the boat wiring to see if everything that needs to be done has been done.
I've heard about several of these ground wire issues. I don't understand how Ford, GM or any other auto builder can put together vehicles that are much more complicated and have no issues and BRP can't make this small engine work properly without issues. Looks like we're going through the old Ficht world again. Doesn't any of these engine manufacturers test this stuff before they put it on the market. I've been a loyal Evinrude fan since '88. Luckily I didn't own a Ficht. I have owned a 2005 200hp, 2008 and 2015. I went through Lightening gear cases every year until I finally changed to the Magnum unit and haven't had a problem since. This may be my last Evinrude since R&D can't gaurantee sound equipment anymore. I wish they would prove me wrong. Talked to my mechanic at Cabelas and he told me the G2 has been plagued with small electrical and hydraulic steering bleed issues. The engine seems to run great other than that. Jut not reliable yet. I can't afford to be their guinea pig anymore.
01-15-2017 07:34 - edited 01-15-2017 07:39
I think that you have been reading boating website forums where most contributors either do not tell the whole story or often-times spread misinformation. Don't forget that there are 2 sides to every story.
For example, you mentioned the battery cable ground wires as being a common problem. That is not true as the Evinrude factory battery cables are high quality and have never been a problem as they are engineered for specific motors.
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards have been in production for over 2 years now and are surprising the industry with their performance, economy, and low-end torque. Any steering bleed issues are usually from not being bled correctly per the factory manual.
The originator of this thread "reelhooker" did have a battery negative cable pull out of its terminal and cause all kinds of electrical abnormalities on his new motor. The thing is that the battery cables were not an Evinrude brand. They were poorly fabricated and homemade by some individual, not by the Evinrude factory.
Look closely at the images in this thread on page 1 dated 9-10-15 of the Evinrude battery cable kit and the following post showing an image of the broken fabricated cable that came apart. Notice that there is no solder on the fabricated cable and that means it was a crimp connection that was not assembled correctly. Notice too that the wire is different than the factory siamese style battery cables plus you can see corrosion pitting on the old cable terminal where it is bolted to the motor.
When the old battery cable pulled apart, the dashboard display on the boat flashed the message "Check ground cable." Yes, the diagnostics on the Evinrude E-TEC G2 motors are sophisticated enough to tell the operator what had happened to the electrical system.
The originator of this thread, "reelhooker" was so impressed with the help he received from Evinrude that he removed his old complaint video and filmed a new one praising the efforts and the customer service shown to him by Evinrude to get him back on the water and everything running correctly.
As the old-time news announcer Paul Harvey used to say when he concluded his newscasts, "Now you know the rest of the story."
"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
-- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald
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The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.
I agree that people with problems "speak louder" than people with no problems. I'm happy to say my 1977 70 hp Evinrude is still running strong. Never been rebuilt, just maintained
So it's been awhile since I posted anything and figured I'd post a long overdue update. Turns out that I was sold an Evinrude Rigging Kit but the owner of the shop that did the work substituted the Evinrude cable with one he had that was not genuine Evinrude. Needless to say, the owner is now a previous owner and is no longer in the boat business. Not solely because of my motor but of several other issues they were having. The installer also left the company because he was tired of the owner’s shady business practices.
Evinrude/BRP sent engineers to the boat place to diagnose the problems I was having, they then crated the powerhead and shipped it back to their headquarters and had a powerhead that had just rolled off the assembly line shipped to the dealer and that is the powerhead I now have. The final diagnosis I was told, was that during the manufacturing process, metal shavings that were supposed to have been flushed out or machined out, were not and this is what caused the power loss and ultimately the failure of the powerhead. I was informed that they believe less than 10 motors were affected and all but a couple were still on dealers’ lots and able to pulled before a consumer purchased them. I just happened to be one of the (un)lucky ones.
Since the powerhead replacement I have had no issues with my G2. I have close to 300 hours on it now and it continues to impress me with its power and performance. I recently had a Raymarine Autopilot installed and wow I wish I had done that a couple years ago! Sitting back and watching the G2 drive me around is a very pleasurable experience!
For anyone who wants to watch some of my G2 videos I have a YouTube channel Reel Hooker Fishing & Outdoor Adventures and would love for you to check it out and subscribe! I have some big trips planned this year and in most of my videos, based on the comments, the G2 is the star of the show!
And yes people that experience problems normally speak louder than people who do not. This is because we feel let down, disappointed and angry that something that we paid for has not lived up to the hype or our expectations. However, I am the type of person that will speak just as loud telling people about my positive experiences as well and the way BRP/Evinrude handled everything was first class.
Finally I will say that I made the right decision with the G2 and if I had to do it again, I'd make the same decision!