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Alan

New Boat and Motor purchased,Yay For Me!!! But need help...

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OK, I could not find a maintenance forum here, so I am posting it here. But I need some help..I just purchased a 2000 Alumacraft 12' utility fishing boat with a 2003 4HP Yamaha outboard tiller motor on it. Very good condition. But I have some questions and I have no one else to ask so here I am.

First on my list is, I have read after you have used your motor, that the cooling system should be flushed as soon as possible with fresh clean water. My issue is this. I live in an apartment complex, and a garbage can of water to put the motor in is not an option. And from what I understand, anything below a 5HP does not have the option to hook up a set of "rabbit ears" two flexible rubber seals connected with a metal clamp. Slip the apparatus onto the lower unit where the water is picked up and attach a garden hose. So, what is one to do?

I will probably have more questions with the purchase of my boat, but for now this is a biggie for me. Can someone help? I don't want to ruin my motor...

Thank you all..

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TommyJ33

I think they are referring to flushing out the cooling system after use in salt water.

You should be fine using it in freshwater lakes, rivers without flushing it out after each use.

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For that sized motor, here is all you need to do:

Put a bit of Seafoam in the gas, doesn't hurt to do it all the time, but mainly before the last trip of the season. For the last trip, I would also run it out of gas if you have a tank (just unclip the fuel line) or if it is attached tank then use Seafoam, and dump the extra gas out back at home. I put Seafoam in my gas can for all my small engines right when I buy the gas. Also run it through my big motors occassionaly through the season.

Change the lower unit gear lube after last trip in fall.

Change the impellor (water pump) every 4 or 5 years.

That's it smile.gif Enjoy your new rig!

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I have yet another question. First of all, is their a place to post maintenance questions? other than here?

Second is, yesterday I took my new rig out on a quiet lake in Hastings (Isabel) not sure if you can have motors on that lake, but I did. It seemed like a good place to practice backing up the trailer without an audience. Anyway, with a few pulls and the choke out on my Yamaha 4HP OB, she started right up. I left the choke out for about 5-10 minutes to warm up. After cruising for a while, I pushed the choke back in and the motor killed! The only way it would keep running is if I had the choke all the way out. Now I know enough to not keep the choke out, because it can foul the plug and ruin the engine. Any ideas on why it would not run with the choke in? Now, I did realize when I got home, that I did not open the vent on the gas cap on the motor. (It has a small gas tank on it)The manual says to open before starting it. But with this being my first time, I forgot to open the air vent on the gas cap. Could this have been the reason it would not run with the choke in? if it is, this is a good thing, then it's nothing serious, and next time I will remember. But if not, I have a problem, and not sure how to fix it.

Thanks to all for any help or advice you can give. And if I should be posting this in another forum location, please advise as well.

Thank you..

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TommyJ33

Alan,

you can post on the main forum section under Equipment/Expert advice.

I would think you could start the motor up out of the water and check to see if the open fuel tank vent solves the problem.

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