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  1. SterndriveEd

    Instrument panel gauge lights

    Try testing the ground side of the bulb sockets for a solid ground path. You can touch the DVOM to both connections in the bulb socket, or touch the positive lead to power and touch the negative lead to the ground side of the bulb socket. You should see battery voltage on the meter. Either way, this test will confirm a solid ground path at the bulb socket, which will allow the bulbs to glow as bright as possible.
  2. SterndriveEd

    Sailboat Tow

    I've used my 100 foot anchor line twice to give a tow to stranded boaters in our bay in Lake Huron. First, I remove the anchor and the short chain of course. The attachment is to my two tie downs in the stern. I use an automotive tow strap that has snap hooks on each end. I also have put an oval - shaped repair link in the center of the 20 foot long tow strap. The anchor line is tied to the link. This equalizes the pull on both tie downs.
  3. SterndriveEd

    Boat Maintenance Kit

    I use a brass transom drain plug. Important to use teflon tape on the threads. Just three wraps around it in a clockwise direction as you look at the end of the plug. Don't over tighten it! The teflon tape allows you to easily remove it after the boating season ends. If you skip the teflon tape, the brass will likely seize inside the female garboard threads.
  4. SterndriveEd

    Help! Battery Cables Swapped. Need Troubleshooting Advice.

    Safety Note: Be sure to DISCONNECT all the Negative Battery Cables from all Batteries whenever you are working on the electrical system. Especially when changing the 90 amp fuse at the positive connection of the starter solenoid. We don't need another blown fuse or worse!
  5. SterndriveEd

    Lights doing crazy things

    I've got a suggestion to test for a poor ground between the truck and trailer. Use a jumper wire or even a jumper cable connected from a clean metal surface on the truck to a clean metal surface on the trailer. If the lights behave normally with the jumper in place, there is a ground issue between the truck and trailer. The test wire is completing the ground path back to the truck.
  6. SterndriveEd

    18 month old fuel advice

    I faced a similar situation when I purchased my Chap from the original owner. He stored it with a half full tank of fuel, but it was a couple of years old. I chose to pump all the fuel out and then I used it in my TrailBlazer as a blend with pump gas 50 / 50 till it was all used up. Never had a problem. To pump it out I used an electric fuel pump that I connected to the tank line leading to the fuel filter. I then ran the hose thru the transom drain hole into my gas cans. Have a fire extinguisher near of course. I had lots of gas cans that got filled up!
  7. SterndriveEd

    Milky oil after water pump impeller change

    This is exactly why most repair folks would agree that changing the oil as part of winter lay-up is the way to go. The contamination, whether it is water in your case or just normal combustion by products, will attack and corrode the precision metal components inside the engine all winter during off season storage.
  8. SterndriveEd

    Villain iii starting problems.

    Can you describe the carb.? Is it a Weber or a Quadrajet? When it was rebuilt were the floats checked for having a hole in them? A problem with the floats inside the carb could have been causing your issues. If they are not buoyant and leak free, floats can't regulate the fuel level inside the carb. They work pretty much the same way a toilet float works inside most toilet tanks.
  9. SterndriveEd


    We troll in Lake Huron for Walleye. Our 205 SL has a decent gunwale flat surface to attach the flat base for a Tite-Lok system. We use a Triple Rod Holder on each side and fish 6 rods with planer boards. The P.O. made up a pretty cool raised flat board above the rear swim platform. It is as wide as the boat and sits about 18 inches above the platform. There are 4 single rod holders on that flat board. When reeling in or netting, we often use those rod holders to place a non-needed rod. If we're not fishing, the flat base mounted on the gunwale doesn't interfere with any activities.
  10. SterndriveEd

    weber 4 barrel carb

    The Thermostatic Spring does all the work. When cold, the spring has enough power to close the choke plate fully. You can easily test this by looking at the choke plate, then while in neutral, push the throttle control forward about 1/2 way while not starting the engine. A good thermostatic spring will pull the choke plate closed on a cold engine. Now the engine can be started up and after a few minutes, the heat from the running engine will cause the thermostatic spring to lose it's tension. The choke plate should now be fully open-vertical. The drill bit measurement is done during carb rebuilds and will measure a gap caused by the choke pull off. The pull off is a device that will open the choke plate slightly during initial start-up on a cold engine. Hope this helps.
  11. SterndriveEd

    A bit different

    Nice pic. Couldn't help noticing the dock line tied off to the piling. Somebody needs to practice their knot tying!
  12. SterndriveEd

    A new way to drain your oil

    Okay Guys. I have questions about all this oil pan drain hose discussion. Once you succeed in attaching this device to the drain pan drain hole I see 2 issues. One, every oil change, you must contort your arm to reach the shut off valve that controls the flow from oil pan to drain hose. Two, how do you catch all the oil that is now flowing into your bilge? Remember we are talking about a gallon or so of hot oil. I'm a fan of using a vacuum pump connected to the dipstick tube.
  13. SterndriveEd

    Canadian Bouy near Toronto

    It looks like a NOAA Weather buoy. We have a similar looking bouy here in Thunder Bay - Lake Huron, about 9 miles East of Alpena, Michigan.
  14. SterndriveEd

    Bent Propeller Shaft - Alpha 1

    Been there before. My skeg was totally gone after striking a submerged object. The bullet section of the lower unit was not even scratched. The prop also was perfect, not even a ding. Paid the insurance deductible and now have a new Mercruiser lower unit. And peace of mind.
  15. SterndriveEd

    8.1 GXI-e Fuel Pump Failure

    I would stay away from any tech that says a "short with a ground". There is no such animal. He may be charging you by the hour to chase down a non-existent wiring issue. There can be "open" wires- a broken connection. There can be "grounded" wires-a bare wire touches metal. There can be "shorted" wires-two systems or wires touch each other that are supposed to be separate. Finally a poor connection, due to corrosion, or a loose connection can cause trouble too.