I purchased a complete set of original BRB ETEC E-ssentials training DVDs (2011-era) from a dealer close-out. I'm a former Johnson/Evinrude technician, but I moved to a different career path during the Ficht era, and I have never worked on an ETEC until now - I just bought a very clean 2010 225 ! Obviously I'd like to learn to work on this engine myself and do it all properly, hence buying the course series. The course workbook refers to signing onto an Evinrude website to take the course exams. However, that web link (http://exams.evinrude.com) is dead. Where are non-BRB staff supposed to log in now ? The manual specifically does recognize that non-BRP staff (e.g. government emplyeees, vocational students, consumers) may be using these DVD sets.
11-01-2019 05:18 - edited 11-02-2019 09:14
I applaud your willingness and drive to learn more about Evinrude products. The industry needs many more technicians and others with knowing how things work in the near future.
The courses are designed for BRP Evinrude dealers, employees, and special organizations as you mentioned. They are not for the general public and there is no access for non-designated personnel. Perhaps striking up a relationship with an authorized Evinrude dealer could work to your advantage or check with community colleges, etc. to see if they could print out any handbooks or quizes for you. The DVD course is only an overview and basic system knowledge, it is not designed for how to fix motors. Obtaining the correct factory service manual for your outboard and studying it along with viewing the DVDs will help with the specific tasks or troubleshooting techniques that are needed for maintenance and repair.
You can also find videos on the Evinrude products, including factory training ones, on YouTube and on
Vimeo. They may take some searching on your part.
"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
-- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald
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.
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.
Thanks Bill, much appreciated. Yes, I’ve bought a factory manual also - super helpful.
As I plug away at this (needs rebore on 1 hole) I’m sure I’ll have some questions.