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Bought this motor with 12 ft boat need to know how to check its ok
Basic check for any outboard: check compression in each cylinder, should all be within 10% of the lowest reading. With an air gap spark tester check spark. Your 6 HP spark should jump a 3/8" gap, blue crisp spark is good, yellow weak. Check gear lube with the motor in a verticle position, prop end down, unscrew the drain plug at the bottom of the gear case. Let a couple of drops out. Should be clean gear oil. If old it might be black and have a strong odor. There should be no water or metal filings. If it is milky there is water mixed in with the oil. If all checks ok run the motor. It should run smooth, no knocking and the cylinder head should be about 120 degrees. That is uncomfortable to keep your finger on but not so hot you cannot touch it. If it is too hot or too cold it can cause problems if run. Too hot will cause problems very soon, too cold will cause problems over time by building up carbon in cylinders and causing piston rings to stick.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If you are talkinh about unhooking the shifting rod from the lower unit, it might be behind a small plat held on with 2 screws on the side of the motor towards the bottom (casing that the lower unit dropped out of) or look uo in the housing , you should see how it is connected, usually a small bolt
Posted on May 03, 2009
sound like the shift fork, or fwd gear is damaged in the lower unit.....special tools are required for this repair .....if you got them cool, if not seek a shop for further assistance.......hope this helped...GL
Posted on Jul 06, 2009
go to an auto parts store and get a can of gasoline additive called seafoam. Read the label so you know how much to add to your 6 gallon tank. This stuff works wonders on outboard motors.
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
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