Bought my brand new War Eagle Predator on 4/20, and opted for an Etec 115. About a month ago, I started noticing a vibration, and thought it might have been something powerhead related. Talked to dealer, had some friends listen, nobody seemed to think there was an issue. I admit, I'm somewhat paranoid like that. It happened whether I was idling, half throttle, full throttle, etc. Never crossed my mind that it could be the lower unit until Sunday morning. We were headed up a river to fish right after sunrise. about 7 mile up, I lost power. Engine was running, started making a noise like you'll hear sometimes when putting it in gear, but obviously much louder since RPMS were significantly higher. Raised it up, no prop damage, so I knew I hadn't hit anything. Started to troll back, finally got to a spot where we could get out and check it out. There's a hole in the side of my lower unit. One side is bulged a bit with the paint cracking, the other side cracked enough to leak oil. Looks like a bullet was shot from the inside.
Dropped it off at the dealership yesterday. Really hoping they'll get in gear and get it fixed, as I've got 2 bass tournaments coming up that I've already paid my (non refundable) entry fee for. I've read some other posts and it doesn't seem to be a very common issue unless there's been something hit. My skeg is scraped a little from my driveway angle, and there's a small scratch on the side of the lower unit and prop where I scraped a rock while checking it out, but it's obvious that none of that could have possibly been the cause. Anyone experienced a similar issue? I've searched and searched and haven't run across the same symptom yet. Waiting on dealer to let me know what they find.