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  1. Had the very same issue with my 1930SS.......as Mike said, clip was broken. Not a tough fix.....unless you have big hands.
  2. Mine is on the port side of the motor (4.3LX) and very accessible. I'm not sure what to tell you location wise on any other motors. I'd guess one of the experts on here will know. Always good info from the crew on this site!!
  3. I had symptoms that were very like what you're describing........very intermittent issues with the gauge and no actual drop in pressure or oil level. Found that the connection at the sender unit had loosened. Tightened that up and haven't had a problem since. Just added that as a check before each season starts. Hope it not anymore than that, though the sender is an easy fix.
  4. Indian Point to Kimberling City would be 25-30 mins by water. Nice trip during the day, but completely agree with Gators on not wanting to make that trip at night.........especially after the fireworks. We did the Kimberling City to Joe Bald area trip after fireworks a few years ago and that was completely nuts. Headed back toward Indian Point I'd guess would be even moreso being it's a longer trip and there'd potentially be a lot more traffic headed that way. That said, Gators is on point with Table Rock being one of the best lakes around. Can't wait to get down there in a little over a month!
  5. What a fantastic thread to start the morning.........
  6. Hey all.......want to change the plug wires in my 4.3 Merc this weekend. Quick question........with plug wires, do I need to be mindful of the same Marine SAE J1171 certification that alternators, starters, etc have to meet, or are premium plug wires going to already satisfy that?
  7. Hey all......so week before last I stopped at the shop where I both store and have service I can't do on my 1930SS. Had to drop off a set of keys so they could get her winterized while I spent a week in sunny Cabo San Lucas. Upon arrival I noticed a small pool of outdrive oil on the floor. I had some seal work done in June 2013 and the tech said he'd verify it wasn't related to that work as they'd likely cover that under warranty. Come to find out, it's of course not related and my issue now is that I have a shift shaft seal that's gone bad. Tech said the outdrive will have to come off to replace that seal. My question........what else should I have them do (or check) while the outdrive is off?
  8. Hey all......thinking about winterizing my 1995 1930SS on my own this year. I've never done it on my own but only because I've never wanted to dedicate the time or effort and have just paid to have it done. Over the last couple of years I've taken on a few more of the maintenance things on my own and the more I look at it, I think this is one I could do as well. Have the Merc 4.3LX with an Alpha One outdrive. Any suggestions to good videos or instructions out on the web? Any pointers as far as things I should be looking at in addition to the work I'm doing to prepare to put her away for the year? I've searched the forums and found a few things that will be good but wanted to check to see if anyone had any other videos etc. they might share. Thank you
  9. I had a lot of trouble with my gauge not reading properly and found that the connection at the sending unit just needed to be tightened. When I tightened it, I placed a lock washer in there and haven't had any problems since.
  10. By the way.....1995 Merc 4.3 LX with Alpha One
  11. Good evening all. Just returned from a week on Beaver Lake, AR......what a gorgeous lake. Pretty remote access wise, but that was part of what made it so nice. At any rate, midday yesterday I noticed some "chatter" when shifting into gear, both forward and reverse. It wasn't a ton but noticeable no less. When I got back to the dock, I noticed that the shift cable linkage was loose. I tightened it back up but now find that probably 1 out of 2 times when I try to go reverse, the motor dies. I'm guessing it's related as it seemed there was some room for adjustment (up and down) when I tightened, but I didn't have a ton of time to nail it down being we were taking her out of the water to head home today. Am I crazy or would that be what is potentially causing the boat to die in reverse? Forward is fine.
  12. Roy I just about spit water out in a meeting..........that's hilarious.
  13. and isn't there something too about staying to a certain percentage below the "limit" as far a payload goes? I might be crazy there.
  14. I had the same on my 1930SS.........thought it was the gauge initially but it ended up being the sender unit, which was REALLY easy to access on my boat. The aft quarter of my floor ski locker was a separate section from the door of the locker itself. Had to remove the frame and then a few screws to remove that panel. Fuel sender unit was right there. I bought the Moeller universal sender unit and it fit like a charm. Works great. Good luck.
  15. So I did the replacement last night and it went great. Went with Delco plugs, which were all gapped at .040 out of the box. Why I didn't check my manual as part of the job I don't know......don't really have a good answer. But anyway, after a full day on the water, I was thumbing through my manual tonight to find that they should be gapped at .035 rather than the .040 they are now. Motor ran great all day, but should I pull the plugs and get them to .035 or is the 5 thousandths going to make any difference.