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  1. Right on the money. Removed the Crab Cap and immediately noticed the center contact of the rotor was GONE!!!! WTF, this rotor only has 25hrs on it and one year old. CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTO Last year when the port engine lost power and was running rough, I purchased a couple of caps and rotors. Then when I was rebuilding the engine, the screws on the cap stripped out, so I purchased an entire distributer including the cap and rotor...this is the one from RockAuto…. not sure if that has anything to do with it. Regardless, I replace the Rotor and cap and now she starts right up. Here is my main concern -- What happened to the missing piece from the center or the rotor??? I looked, and looked, and can't see any sort of debris. Could it have burned??? Nope, all in one...I had already checked that...but since the starboard engine started, I didn't spend much time on it. Thank you all for your help...wish all my issues were this simple to solve. Back to the water next weekend...
  2. W. -- No go on the relays, I swapped both. Going to check the distributer and rotor... it's about a year old and only 25hrs on it... Anything else you can suggest I check or swap over??? Thanks
  3. What can I say, I can't go very long on this boat without having a major issue...I'm hoping this is not a major one. Exactly a year ago, I lost power on the Port engine after a 30 mile trip. Back then the engine would start but ran rough, turns out it had a couple bad valves. I refurbished the heads, cleaned all the debris from the block water cooling passages. It ran great, and on the test trial for the port engine I lost the coupler on the Starboard...then hurricane Michael decided to make things more interesting... after we got our lives somewhat back to normal, I pulled out the Starboard engine, and rebuilt it the same as the port engine and replaced the coupler. This entire season (started back in early April) we have had some great times on it, made a handful of trips out and managed to stay as long as four days straight on the boat. Have added about 25hrs to both engines. They have ran great without any issues. This past weekend we went out, cruised around the bay, went out the pass and parked for a while. Then decided to go to one of our usual spots in the bay, as we approached the spot I throttled back to about 1500rpms, and after about a minute, felt the boat pull and noticed port engine was not running. I have installed the smartcraft system to my Simrad along with Bluetooth module so I can monitor engine date on both the Simrad and Phone, and did not see any codes. Prior to that both engines were running at 160 Degrees temp, 56 PSI oil when it was running at about 3300rpms cruising at about 29-30mph. Til that point there wasn't any indication of any issues. This engine is a 2006 Mercruiser 5.0 MPI with Bravo 3 -- Serial #OW614504 It had 300 hrs when I rebuilt the heads - I have put 25 hrs on it since then I have removed the spark plugs, they are clean and dry, but when I hold one against the block connected to the boot, I don't see any spark when the ignition is turned on. So I swapped the Ignition Module with Coil (part #18 on this link) from the working engine but that did not solve the issue...I was almost sure that was the issue, since I had no spark. Also, I have noted that the tachometer does move when cranking the engine - the smartcraft register about 200rpms on the screen Hoping to get some advice on what I should check next or what parts to swap from the working engine. Maybe a sensor??...but before I start swapping everything, I figured I would ask the wisdom of this forum...it sure has helped me a lot in the past with my other major issues. I was hoping to get another month or more out of this season, and not be a repeat of the last one (minus the hurricane) Thank you
  4. Dozer

    Trailer Tire wear

    After talking with the Trailer manufacturer, I realized a couple things. All the tires were about 10 PSI below the MAX PSI, which is what is recommended on the Triple axle. The other big issue is that I have to make a few VERY tight left turns when I leave the house, and at the wash rack at the marina. Also when I get home and park it, it's a very tight turn. When I look back and see the front and rear tires just twisting...is a disturbing feeling. So I just swapped wheels from one side to the other and placed the middle tire in the front. I'll just keep an eye on it and see how it goes... I guess I need to add new set of tires to my budget.
  5. Well I just cleaneg water jacket in the block. The heads were cleaned at the shop that refurbished them. The E-manifolds are about 20hrs old. You think the remaining scale would cause issues on the heat exchanger?
  6. Dozer

    Upgrading chartplotter and adding radar

    Benda The Mercuiser tech support is really helpful when it comes to the smartcraft network. They gave me all the info, and I had it working the first time.
  7. Dozer

    Trailer Tire wear

    Having some issues with tire wear on my Triple axle trailer. Doing some maintenance on the trailer, and noticed that the tires on the Starboard side, the front and rear (middle one is fine) are worn almost twice as much as the center tire, and the inside thread is pretty much gone. The other 3 tires on the Port side all look like the center one on the Starboard side. Why is this just happening on the starboard side? Thank you for any insight
  8. I just needed to open up a new thread on this Topic. I would like for anyone that has a Full Closed Loop Cooling System on their engine(s) to give me the pros and cons of having such a system. Also, I'm wondering if adding a full or half cooling system is a good idea to my 12 year old engines. I have a 2006 Sig 290. Currently the engines have about 320 hrs, at around the 300 hr mark a I rebuilt the tops, and cleared all the debris in the block water jacket , along with replacing the Exhaust Manifolds and risers. I'm leaning towards a Full system that also cools the E-Manifolds, I figure the cost of the cooling system is about the same as a new set of E-Manifolds and Risers. I would assume that with a cooling system the E-Manifolds would last a lot longer and therefore pay for most of the expense of the cooling system. Am I just opening a can of warms by installing such a system? Or is it worth it? If you have installed a FULL system, or use one could you let me know what you like and dislike about it. Thank you
  9. Dozer

    Just to say thank you for all the Help

    Ok, that's going on my todo list for the off season. So I assume yours is a whole system where it circulates coolant through the block and the e-manifolds. Raw water flows through the closed loop system to cool off the coolant and exits through the risers. Any idea how long e-manifolds will last with the whole closed loop system? Sorry about all the questions, do you remember the manufacturer or any other info on the system you installed? Thank you
  10. Dozer

    Just to say thank you for all the Help

    I'm seriously considering it. Does this system prolong the life of the manifolds, or they still need replacing as when using raw water? Because if this system can prolong the replacing of the manifolds, its definitely worth it. Do you still own the 290? If so have you had to replace the manifolds? Thank you
  11. Dozer

    Just to say thank you for all the Help

    What about space, the 290 is already tight. I was watching a video of an installation, Once you add the coolant reservoir I'm not sure I could access my generator. Do you happen to have any photos??? Do you think it's worth it doing it to a 12 year engine?
  12. Dozer

    Just to say thank you for all the Help

    How much work was that, and what was the cost per engine? I have been thinking about it, but also not sure if this is too late since these engines are over 12 years old???
  13. I admit, I don't come here very often unless I have boat issues I can't figure out and need help. The boat I purchased back in May of 2018, a 2006 Signature 290 is a great looking boat, but the two previous owners did not do the best job at maintenance. Therefore I have had to deal with some major issues; Replacing manifolds and risers, thermostats, water pump impellors. Then rebuilding the tops on both engines and clearing years of debris within the block water jackets, and having to completely remove the Starboard engine to replace the coupler..looked like the outboards had never been removed for maintenance or inspection. There are a lot of other things I have repaired or replaced, many with the help of folks in this forum The main point, is that without the help of this forum, and specially Wingnut, I don't think I would have been able to take care of some of these large issues. So thank you all very much, I have been enjoying the heck out of this boat this year. IT's been nice to go and stay extended weekends at some great places around here, and checking out the new landscapes generated by Hurricane Michael (last October), and be confident that the boat will take me there and bring me back. So far we only have been limited by the amount of fresh water...LOL Thank you very much, and I'll try to show up in here more often to maybe offer some help from my lessons learned.
  14. Dozer

    Upgrading chartplotter and adding radar

    Benda I installed the Simrad on my boat - minus the Radar. At first I was having issues with the transducer, I installed at the bottom of the transom between both outdrives, and could not read bottom at 8+ MPH. I contacted support, and was told to try and mount it behind the starboard engine as close as possible without interfering with the outdrive movement. So after a year of screwing around with different positions, it's now working correctly, I have cruised at 43pmh and still read bottom. As for the chart, I purchased the Navionics and it's very detailed, plus it uses contributions from other boaters to keep the charts up to date. As for engine data, it works great... I installed the Smartcraft Network, got both the Vessel View and the Mobile View - So I can see data on the Simrad and phone. See my other post on setting up the SmartCraft Network and NMEA 2000 (NK2) I have been debating on a radar, but I really don't take the boat out in inclement weather or travel at night to justify the cost. As for forward scanning, you need a dedicated transducer that has to be installed forward thru hull. The Simrad G09 only allows for one transducer... I was disappointed that this feature was not explained to me... The salesperson never mentioned, as this was a main feature I was looking for. But the detailed charts take care of that for the most part. I'm not sure if the G012 has dual ports for both transducers???
  15. Once I get this Transom light figured out I will double check that it works correctly. I assumed it was like BT Doctur described Rocker on center position all lights are off Then all lights on with the rocker down OR Only the Anchor lights on the opposite position I'll update once I have a change to get in there and figure it out Thank you all for the help
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