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Updated 2/17/21

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Disclaimer: The information provided should never replace common sense or the recommendations of the OEM.  I do not assume responsibility for the use or misuse of this information.  The information provided is based on my experience working as a full time mechanic, on hundreds of motors over time, reading a lot of manuals, education, and consulting other experienced mechanics along with a number of retired service reps I am friends with.
If I can offer any advice from experience, it would be NOT to try and fix your own motor if you don't have a good understanding of what you're doing.  You need to have the right special tools, reference materials, and most importantly, UNDERSTANDING of what is wrong and how to properly fix this issue.  Most people do more harm then good if just messing around blindly.  The reason why I can do these repairs is I've put in thousands of hours reading, fixing, and practicing.  I learn something new everyday.  I have also gone out and acquired the necessary, CORRECT tools and reference manuals to work on the motors.  These are very important to promote correct operation of the motor.  The idea is to have a reliable motor, not just one that 'kinda runs.'

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I generally update this section in the off-season when I have more time to devote to the the November-February timeframe.  All other months I add things as my free time allows, which doesn't seem to be much these days.

Internal Combustion Essentials - updated 3/22/17
The Basics, What You Need To Know About Motors 2/16/21

Powerhead Components - updated 11/26/18
Cooling System - updated 12/19/18
Gearcase Components - updated 1/8/19
Ignition System
- updated 12/2/18
Fuel System
- updated 11/23/18
Mechanical Components
- updated 12/20/18
Trailer & Boat Component Maintenence 101 - updated 4/6/18

NEW - In an effort to indicate where/when new content has been added, I am now adding a date stamp to each section heading for those of you who come back to my website to learn new things.

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