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  • Birthday 01/30/1973

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  1. I meant to say Bell Housing not Gimbal Ring.
  2. I have a 2004 190ssi with a 4.3 MPI with 400 hrs. I was looking at the Bellows yesterday before I went to the lake and noticed that the U Joint bellows appears to have some tiny cracks in a couple of the pleats so I think it is time to replace it. The Shift cable bellows was replaced 3 years ago by the previous owner and I had the Gimbal bearing replaced 2 years ago. Questions: Can I replace the U Joint bellows without removing the Gimbal Ring? What brands of Bellows should I consider if not OEM? What specific tools do I have to purchase and where is the best place to purchase? What tips/tricks do you guys recommend?Thanks , Patrick
  3. I haven't noticed any leaks, just worried about the crunchy feel and the fact they are 10 years old.
  4. I have a 2004 190ssi with a 4.3 MPI. Some of the hoses feel crunchy on the inside but look great on the outside. The boat has only been used in fresh water but when I look in the hose connected to the thermostat housing I see what appears to be rust in side. I'm wondering if this is rust from the motor or mineral deposits from the lake water. Online prices for individual hoses seem very expensive. How do I know if these hoses should be replaced? Where is the best place to buy Mercruiser hoses? Can I find molded automotive hoses that would work? Thanks Patrick
  5. Thank you for the feedback. I will try that and see what happens. I notice that you boat on the Columbia river. My Dad grew up in Astoria Oregon part of his life and tells many stories of the river and the dangers of the Bar going out to the ocean.
  6. Shep, Thank for the response. I may just be paranoid, but mercruiser engines seem to be prone to unannounced problems that can quickly escalate to something severe. How can I Safely check to make sure that each spark plug is getting spark? Although it appears to be running ok, I have heard that MPI engines can mask a dead plug issue. Thanks, PM
  7. I have a 2004 190ssi with a 4.3 mercruiser mpi alpha 1 that has 392 hours on it. I had the front timing chain cover and seal replaced by a mercruiser dealer at the beginning of the season. When i picked up the boat he said that mercruiser was now saying that the engine should only have 4 qrts. of oil vs the prior recomended 5 qrts. This made the oil level approx. center of the cross hatch on the dipstick. I took the boat to the lake and it seemed to run well but i did notice a very slight oil leak on the front of the engine at the intake manifold gasket. I checked the torque on the intake manifold bolts only to break one because I used the wrong torque wrench (lbs. vs inch). After much cussing and banging of elbows i got the broken bolt out and replaced it and all the remaining bolts with new ones torqued to spec. The leak was fixed and again the boat ran great for about 20 hours. Today I went to check the oil and rather than the level being in the middle of the cross hatch it is now crept up to almost the full mark on the dipstick. I pulled a pint of oil out to inspect it fearing the worst. Thankfully the color is dark brown ( tea colored) and it does have an odor of exhaust but not raw gasoline. I put it in a glass jar to inspect it for water or any kind of contaminate and saw nothing. No sheen on top of the oil and definately no water. It does feel slightly thinner than new oil but it has about 20 hours of use. Questions Wouldnt I be able to smell raw gas in the oil if there was enough to raise the oil level? Could i have a bad plug that is allowing gas to seep past the rings into the oil pan. Could the intake manifold be the culprit somehow? Sorry for the title but I cant really think of a better way to describe my problem. Thanks Patrick
  8. Thanks again shepherd1! You are a valuable mercruiser resource.
  9. Great info. thanks! Why NGK over the AC Delco plugs? Hotter plug?
  10. I would like to do a tune up on my 2004 190ssi with a Mercruiser 4.3 MPI (alpha I). I have checked some prices for Dist. caps, wires, plugs etc. but Mercury brand parts seem to be kind of expensive. What are some thoughts about after market parts for this job? Give me some advice about Seirra, Mallory, Michigan Motorz etc.
  11. I replaced all the old bolts with new ones, torqued them to spec in the proper order and thankfully no leaks after running the boat on the lake for approx. 1.5 hours. Thanks for the suggestions and if I do end up having to do new gaskets I may reach back out to the forum for more expert advice. Thanks again!
  12. Thanks for the responses. I will retorque the bolts today and see if that works. If not then I guess a new set of gaskets is in my future.
  13. Thanks for the responses. I will retorque the bolts today and see if that works. If not then I guess a new set of gaskets is in my future.
  14. What is the possibility of a bad pcv valve causing too much pressure.
  15. It is the sport seating. The shop owner thinks the motor was originally installed prior to the boat being finished at the fatory.
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