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  1. I have a 1994 Mariner 75hp 3 cylinder OB and it will run for a while just fine but then when you go to restart it you have to keep pushing in the key to keep the motor running. Even after a short warm up. When the key is pushed in the idle with pick up 2k and run fine for a little while then it will start to bogg down again.
  2. We purchased last Spring (2016) a brand new Vortex 223 VRX. First - I do love this boat, there are pros and cons (Dang this boat is LOUD), but right now the pros outweigh the cons. But since purchasing the boat, I have had fuel gauge accuracy issues on the Medallion Screen. The first issue was literally topping off the fuel and the medallion screen will never registered a full reading. Always off by about 1/4 of a tank right at the fuel dock. Obviously underway and moving the gauge will creep towards full before the boat planes off, but when the boat is plane, parked, at the dock, or on the lift - the gauge will never reach Full, only 3/4. Is this normal for others who own this make/model? The Chaparral dealer considered ordering a new "sending unit", but their tech tried some other adjustments that appeared to help for about one weekend, but then returned to the inaccuracies soon afterwards. I just decided, I could probably live with the inadequacy, but this summer (2017) the problem seems to be worse and I get low fuel warnings frequently after having filled the boat up earlier in the day. I have documented pretty well the gauge reading and warnings and how much fuel we add after those readings and warning to estimate how much fuel is actually left. Before disclosing those readings, I was hoping to get some documented response from Chaparral on a few questions in regards to the gauge reading on a 2016 vortex 223 vrx with medallion screen. So - My boat specs say I have a 52 gallon tank. 1st question for Chaparral or other vortex owners with the same specs as I ... Do other owners also have issue that after they top off their boat with fuel, their fuel gauge is reading closer to 3/4 full instead of full? 2nd question: When your gauge reads 1/2 of fuel - how many gallons of fuel would you expect to be left or how many gallons would you expect to add to the boat to fill it up? (seems logical with a 52 gallon tank, but my experience is anything but). 3rd question: When the "low fuel warning" comes on (usually around 1/4 of a tank), about how many gallons of fuel would be expected to be in the tank? So in other words Chaparral and other Vortex Owners - at a 1/4 and/or when the "low fuel warning" is displayed on the medallion screen - how much fuel would you estimate would still be in your 52 gallon tank at this point? I know answers will vary, but I am just needing to find averages to go on so that I can determine if this is an actual problem, or if the gauges on fuel in this boat are this inaccurate and unreliable. This is not my first boat, I have owned about a dozen different makes and models over my lifetime, and some have had accurate and dependable gauges for fuel, others - not so much. I just sort of expected a boat of this caliber and technology to have something a little more accurate and dependable. So fellow Vortex owners or Chaparral reps/techs, please let me know your thoughts and experience with this. I need to know if I need to press for a repair or warranty concern, or if it "is what it is" scenario. Thank you, SM
  3. I just bought my first boat and did not know what to look for. Once I started playing around with all the issues I noticed the previous owner had covered up the ski locker where the fuel sending unit is located. I'm ready to drill in and access port but I'd like to make it right over top of the sending unit and only drill one hole. Could somebody please help me out locating this on a 1994 1830 SS? Not only is the gas gauge now working but the water temp gauge doesn't work either. Must be the gauge our wiring sense I replaced the sender. Any help with pictures or measurements would be greatly appreciated.
  4. I have an 1997 Chaparral 1830SS with an 4.3 liter V6 Mercruiser engine. The gas tank holds 30 US gallons according to info. from several online sources. I want to use up as much of the current ethanol additive gas now in the tank before I fill up with NON-ethanol. My question is assuming my gas tank sending unit & gas gauge are "reasonably" accurate, how much should I use up before refilling to get maximum benefit from the non-ethanol diluting the current ethanol blend. Next question: Is it likely the gas gauge will drop by 1/4 when 1/4 tank of gas is actually used. Meaning how much can I or you trust the gas gauge to not let us run out of gas assuming we pay attention to it's reading. Obviously running out of gas would really ruin our day. The ladies especially. My objective is to maximize the benefits of at least an occasional fill up with non-ethanol gas without running out of gas. Thank you for your comments.
  5. I am having fuel delivery trouble with my 1990 Chaparral 1800 SL. So far I have replaced what I believe is a perfectly good fuel pump with a new one. I removed the out line from inside the fuel cell and checked the screen type filter on the bottom end and it is clear of all obstruction. I have replaced the fuel hose with the upgraded fuel hose from tank to pump, (just in case the line was breaking down internally.) I have completely discarded the fuel filter, (at least until I get this fuel delivery issue resolved.) Now this brings me to the forward, 151A, (late model), carburetor. There is a vacuum line that routes from the flange of the forward carb down to the fuel pump. The forward carb has very low vacuum and when adjusted for balance it runs like junk. The rear carb has terrific vacuum and can be adjusted like normal. I can find no vacuum leaks. OK, now the past symptoms are as follows; Drop boat in water. Fire off the engine and it fires right away. Sounds really good Take boat out on the water and run it hard or easy for 15 to 20 minutes. Stop engine and fish for an hour or so. Engine will not fire again and there is no fuel in the lines and/or carbs. I dont understand that vacuum hose from forward carb to fuel pump. What is that vacuum line supposed to do? Is that vacuum line there to assist the fuel pump ..... Kind of like a mechanical over vacuum (or vise versa) fuel pump? Why can I not get any measurable vacuum in the forward carb?
  6. I see some of the smart tab manufacturers make claims of ~10% savings in fuel when using smart tabs. Anyone have any experience with them?
  7. I am dealing with a problems with my 290 Signature. About a month ago, I opened my engine room hatch and discovered raw fuel in the bilge (about 2" deep). The boat has been secured and all of the fuel has been pumped out of the tank and through a series of tests we have confirmed it is the tank leaking. Chaparral and the dealer both say that the generator and both engines have to be removed and the forward firewall and aft berth floor cut and removed to get at the tank. Does anyone have any experience with replacing the tank in this model? Method? Pictures? Thanks, Goula Guy
  8. I've got a 2013 196ssi that I can't seem to get more than a gallon in at a time. It's got a fuel filler cap on both sides but both only take a little bit at a time. Any help would be appreciated.
  9. My current routine is to go the gas station down the street and fill two 6 gallons canisters with high-dollar E-free fuel. When someone asked me why I did this, I responded that it had something to do with corroding the fuel tank if it had ethanol. After the words fell from my mouth I started questioning the veracity of that statement. So two things: 1) Can anyone definitively say just exactly WHY I have to use ethanol free fuel in my 2006 SSI 260? (Mercruiser) 2) Is there a scenario whereby I could use regular gas in my tank? If it's a corrosion thing, is there a method/kit to switch out the tank? What is this madness!? Thanks.
  10. I am thinking about buying a 2007 280 signature. Does any one have any fuel consumption data?
  11. 2007 Chaparral 210 SSi with Mercury Mercuiser 5.0 MPI engine (260 hp) – 160 hours The problem I’m experiencing happens after we’ve been doing water sports by pulling a person on a tube or wakeboard. Once somebody is finished with their water sport, I stop the boat engine to let the person back on board the boat. Most times the boat starts and runs fine. But then sometimes the boat will start and the engine will quit after a second or two. On subsequent attempts, the same thing happens: the boat starts but then only runs for a second before the engine quits. We’ve been towed back three times last year due to this problem. The next day, the engine starts and runs fine. I took my boat to the Chaparral dealer for repair twice. They did the following maintenance: · Change pickup in gas tank. · Clean out anti-sip valve. · Scan engine for fail codes. · Installed new impeller kit. · Replace water pump housing. · Check fuel and replace fuel filter. Notes: This is an intermittent problem which is very difficult to reproduce. It seems to only occur after stressing the engine from pulling people. After the engine has cooled for a long enough time, the engine will run. If you have any ideas on what this problem might be, please let me know. Thank you.
  12. Fuel/surging problem; any help would be appreciated. 2001 216SSI, Merc 5.0L EFI. Serious surging RPM issues when i can get it started--which is about every 5th attempt. It will sometimes run in idle but low (600 RPM) and very rough, for maybe a minute; then will sputter and die when I try to fast idle the RPM up. I've added good additive to the fuel, trailered the boat a little to agitate it in the tank, and changed the fuel filter twice. When I added clean fuel to the new filter, the boat ran normal until the fuel in the new filter was burned up, then back to surging or no start. I talked to my Mech briefly, who said check the anti-siphon valve, and tried to talk me through that as a last resort before I have to take it to him and let it sit for a month before he can get to it. Here's my lamen's dilema: Is the valve attached to the tank line underneath the edge of the floorboard (ie, take the floor up to get to it?), or is it the valve where the line comes into the top of the fuel fitler assembly, on my 5.0L engine? Thought I'd try the forum avenue for any info--much appreciated.
  13. I can not locate which fuel is recommended for a 2006 256 SSI. have heard different views on this, so more confused than ever. looking for any info. Thanks
  14. I just bought a 2006 sunesta 254 Volvo penta 5.7 76 hours and took it out on the water today. Backed it down in the water and it started right up. Eased away from the dock and once I was out side of the wake zone throttled up. At about 3000 rpm it died. Started it right back up and tried again and it did the same thing at around 3000 rpm. It started right up for the third time so this time I throttled up slower and did not have any issue getting up on plan. Drove at about 3700 for about 2 min and then made a left turn and it did again. This time it would not start or do anything. The fuel gauges show that it is complete full of full but I was beging to have my doughts. I pulled the fuel filter and it looked like it was only about half full of fuel. I called the dealer that I had just left and told him of this issue just to make a point. Then called sea tow which was given from the dealer. I a asked if they could bring me some gas thinking that I had run out of gas. They brought me 15 gallons of gas and started dumping it in. on the last can of gas I had about 2.5 gal left in the can and gas start to over flow out of the tank. I stopped pouring gas and waited a couple of mins think that I had and air issue with the tank. Went and started it up and it started right up. When back and tried to add the remainder of the gas (2 gal) but the tank just would not take any more. We decided to go and stay out for a while and see what happens. After 2.5 hours of running and pulling a tube we put it back on the trailer with no other issues. Does anyone know if these tanks have an extension hose on the fuel tank that can come off in the tank and cause it not to be able to pick up fuel unless complete full of fuel. Thanks for any help. New chaparral owner Bob