10-30-2019 06:03 - edited 10-30-2019 06:10
Just out of curiosity what type and make of boat and what type of boating do you do?
Is there anything about your rig, the setup, or the type of use would be considered different or unusual than an average family customer's boat for normal recreational usage?
Are there any hull or transom fittings or transducers that could spray water onto the motor and then be ingested through an air intake? Think of a station wagon driven on a dirt road with the back window open. That low pressure area in the back pulls in the dust and debris from the road, just as an outboard (any make) could ingest water spray.
"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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I have the same engine, a 2016 model an yes I had 3 powerheads replaced 2 were a rigging issue by the dealer and the last one almost 2 yrs ago was unexplainable. BRP sent out a tech inspected everything approved of the repair job and I was back on the water with a brandnew completaly dressed powerhead in 10 days. Their warranty is second to none. My dealer took care of everything, I never had to make a call. Something is missing here and I sure would like to know what.
Just a thought, Do you think water could have gotten into the motor while flushing it? or even tilting the motor to high when moored? Just something that crossed my mined after reading your post.
Warranty runs as normal after repairs.
As speckman1 mentioned, a good dealer will do the lobbying with Evinrude, and seeing your initial post suggesting your dealer is good, they should have done that for you. What does the dealer suggest is the cause for water entry?
What issues, you mentioned happened before the fatal breakdown, did dealer find on the diagnostic program?
Only way the fuel pump could introduce water in the engine is by having water in the fuel tank. If fuel pump fails, the engine will just stop. Period.
If ingestion of engine was from external source through air intake: Insurance.
If ingestion was from internal faulty or failing part(s): Warranty. This however should probably have shown up before 38 hours.
As asked in post #11, is there any part of the boat creating spray around motor, and also asked in post #16, was motor flushed fully tilted up?
Water ingestion may well have happened at an earlier stage, only manifesting itself at the last trip.
Evinrude warranty is good and certainly better than other manufacturer. This is from experience dealing with different brands.
Your dealer must have concluded, without doubt, the problem was not warranty, and conveyed their findings to Evinrude. As poster # 12 said, they were not shy covering his engine twice from shoddy installation and once from failure.
I live on the ocean and have been out in some pretty nasty stuff. Just aking, how often have you guys seen a wave go completely over an outboard engine? Maybe I'm naive but that would most likely sink or swamp most boats.
We don't even really get 'breakers' like that here; that I could imagine a wave going over top of an engine...
I never had a wave of solid water break over the boat or engine but I can tell you I have been in the nastiest storms with rain coming down like it was solid water pouring down on me with winds approaching 60 miles. Never had an issue.