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Posts: 3
Registered: ‎03-05-2012

sand in the cooling system

Hi have a Etech 200 and was on the lake yesterday when I hit a sand bar.  Up about 18 inch's from the bottom of the skage.  I took out the water plug where the water comes out in a stream from the back of the motor when it is running and cleaned out the sand.  I started the motor with the plug up to clean out any additional sand that might be in the pump. 


Is there anything else I should do or look at to ensure no more sand is in the system?


Also hit some rocks in the sand and wrecked the prop and took a notch out of the skage.


Is there anyway to fix the chip in the skage?

Posts: 8,501
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: sand in the cooling system


Small chips in the skeg are normally not a problem. Use a large file to smooth out any jagged edges.


It might be a good idea to remove the thermostats and inspect the area for any sand buildup. After that run the motor and watch for anything unusual and keep on the lookout for any overheating problems.




"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.

Posts: 3
Registered: ‎03-05-2012

Re: sand in the cooling system

Thanks for the help!