redwingfan19

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  1. Thanks - it's on my list.
  2. drum and shoes - seems like the shoes are alternately grabbing and slipping on the drum
  3. I know the clunks, but this one will shudder for 20 or 30 yards if I let it, until I put more pressure on the brake pedal to cause more pressure on the actuator, and then it will get smooth. Almost feels like the brake shoes are slipping on the drum, but there are no fluid leaks when they checked them.
  4. Drum and shoe brakes - but they were just inspected and deemed okay.
  5. I have a 2005 Chaparral 204ssi with 5L Mercruiser (dry weight 3400 lb?) on a 2013 EZ Loader tandem trailer model TEZL102B17-20/22 4000. Both were bought as a package used - trailer was a late acquisition as the boat was on a lift most of its life. The surge brakes have been shuddering frequently (but not every time) when trying to make slow, smooth stops. I can get rid of the pulsation by hitting the truck brakes a little harder. The brakes were adjusted by a small shop near the cottage, but this obviously hasn't solved the problem, which only occurs under load with the boat on the trailer. One shop suggested the trailer was really not adequate for this boat, but it should be as long as Chaparral's dry weight includes the engine. I would love to eliminate this shudder - any ideas or experience with this problem?
  6. It had a half tank of fresh mid-grade, bolstered by Sea Foam. Thought all of this starting crap was behind me now that I joined the 21st century with EFI! Just heard from the marina today - verdict is that it needs a fuel pump kit, under the engine block. Part is over $600 CDN, and the engine needs to be raised or out to get at it - yikes! Tell me this is just bad luck? This boat looks 'way too good and clean (220 hours) to be suffering from these maladies. Why would a part like that for delivering fuel to the engine have to be under it? A Mercruiser mystery......... JC
  7. 2005 204 SSi Maybe I spoke too soon. Just ran into a non-start problem and was towed off Lake Simcoe. Marina is telling me I need a fuel pump kit, which seems logical as the boat would crank forever but just would not start running. Problem is that it is under the engine requiring it to be raised or possibly taken out to do the repair, and the part is over $600 - yikes! Anybody else out there have experience with this problem? JC
  8. After fixing (not a cheap fix!) the air idle control valve in a used boat I purchased, now I have a non-start issue. I've been told I need a new fuel pump kit, under the engine, and the engine at least must be raised and possibly taken out to fix this. Engine has about 220 hours on it, and boat looks well-cared for - very clean. Is this just bad luck or has anybody else run into similar problems with this year? Jim Clelland
  9. I have a recently acquired 2005 204 SSi, with the 5L Merc 260 HP. Just finished early grief with the air idle control valve and figured all was smooth sailing in a great looking, clean boat. After a good two weeks, it started three times yesterday first turn of the key, and then would not start again. it would crank all day but would not run. Tried everything - flicking the run switch off and on, half-throttle flooded start, full throttle - nothing would make it catch. Definitely had a half a tank of gas in it. Got towed off the water and it sits on the shores of Lake Simcoe awaiting a verdict from the local marina. Not getting gas? Anybody experienced this before with some helpful ideas? Thanks.
  10. I have a recently acquired 2005 204 SSi, with the 5L Merc 260 HP. Just finished early grief with the air idle control valve and figured all was smooth sailing in a great looking, clean boat. After a good two weeks, it started three times yesterday first turn of the key, and then would not start again. it would crank all day but would not run. Tried everything - flicking the run switch off and on, half-throttle flooded start, full throttle - nothing would make it catch. Definitely had a half a tank of gas in it. Got towed off the water and it sits on the shores of Lake Simcoe awaiting a verdict from the local marina. Not getting gas? Anybody experienced this before with some helpful ideas? Thanks.
  11. Have fun. Just bought a 2005 204 SSi a month ago - so far so good, although I already had to replace the air idle control valve (quite common I hear) and one of the sunpad struts is doing nothing in the way of support (also quite common as I read). Just looking for part numbers - hope NAPA cross references. Pretty solid boats. jc