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Does engine oil get old and go bad?

Short answer .... NO !! Now this is one of those seriously contentious topics that people will chime in from all walks of life, experience, and voodoo. I will speak [yell] my piece, and put on my ...
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Why do I connect the positive and the negative to the battery on a boat?

You could do this, but you would not want to. By running current through the surface of the boat, you will induce a voltage potential across it. This voltage potential will cause current to flow from ...
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Starting a 2 stroke jet boat after several years

Water in the cylinder usually means water in the crankcase on a two stroke Pulling water out of the cylinder doesn't mean you pulled out all the water. Two stroke engines use ports on the side of ...
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Carb. Rebuild or Adjustment?

I'm not a watercraft Mikuni guy, but I've dealt with a few two-stroke carbs that work in this manner. There's a few possibilities: The internal filter screen is clogged, but I'm discounting this as ...
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Starting a 2 stroke jet boat after several years

Water in the cylinder? The engine is in bad shape from improper storage. Even if you get it freed up there will be rust on the cylinder walls and piston rings, which will cause more damage if you ...
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What RPM to check timing?

There is an annotation on the page 27 entry stating you should follow the special instructions for setting timing. This involves putting the ECU into a special mode. When this happens, set the RPM to ~...
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Where Does My Boats Main Negative Battery Terminal Wire Go?

Connect it to the engine block: A bolt on the engine end of one of the engine mounts, or one of the bolts that hold the starter, but not a hot spot like one of the exhaust manifold bolts. Anywhere ...
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Ran 2 cycle without mixed gas :(

I think you're doing what you need to do. You won't really know (and I cannot tell you) how much damage you've done ... I'd suggest at this point, your engine is good and broke in! The fact you didn't ...
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Quick-release for battery terminal loops (D18S/T3)

Consult your favorite search engine for 12V Quick Connect to find a multitude of possible solutions such as this one: Photo credit
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Re-wiring Harness in Jet Boat w/ Ford 460

Do you know what each gauge is rated at for current carrying capacity? I would think a daisy chain is fine as long as the wire gauge is large enough. Don't neglect to use the same gauge of wire for ...
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Why do I connect the positive and the negative to the battery on a boat?

You could do what you are suggesting, but to what end? It seems to me you'd have a much greater chance for something to go wrong. Here are a few things to think about: If you are running your ...
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course of action: water cooling outlet in outboard does not reliably produce jet

The problem was resolved by changing the water pump casing and gaskets. The pump case was eroding away in flakes. Holes in the lower pump case and gaskets diverted part of the water flow into the ...
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Hardware Installation on Fiberglass boat

Its bedding compound, there are many kinds on the market and which kind works best depends from the kind of hardware. Some are strong adhesives, consider them pretty much permanent, will work well on ...
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Boat Not Getting Power to the Starter Motor

Use a voltmeter and trace the circuit for 12v from the battery to the starter, you will find where the voltage drops off. Also trace it to and from the starter switch/button to the starter relay, ...
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Is there such a thing as a biodegradable (boat propeller shaft) grease?

A good research clue would be "OSPAR compliant stern tube lubricant" I found also that Klüber has a good range for marine products.
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Prevent inline "waterproof" fuses from corroding

First of all, you need to clean them out. Use some vinegar to do this by soaking them in it. If you can't soak them in it, put as much as you can in the cavity of the fuse holder. Once the reactions ...
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Paint that works on galvanized steel and exhaust pipe

My "suggestion" is to put a rust encapsulator like POR-15 (no affiliation) or a similar product, then go back over it with a couple of coats of spray on enamel. The POR-15 will keep it from ...
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Replacing a boat's blown CDI fuse

It's worth noting that there are actually five fuse parameters that are important to consider (and easy to get wrong when buying a replacement fuse): Current rating (the "size" of the fuse, the ...
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Replacing a boat's blown CDI fuse

Fuses have 3 different parameters; current rating, voltage rating and physical size. The physical size is self explanatory, it just has to fit. The current rating is also rather self explanatory. ...
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Replacing a boat's blown CDI fuse

That's what's known as a 'barrel fuse' or 'cartridge fuse' - You should be able to get them at any decent electrical supplier. The fuse will have blown because it was overloaded - and the most likely ...
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I have a Mariner 5 HP outboard. I need info please?

According to this site, it's a 1986 motor, and it's actually a 5C M. According to this other site, they were built by Yamaha for Mercury.
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Lighten flywheel to increase top speed?

Flywheel weight will not impact the power output of your engine. The mass of flywheel will change the rate of change of speed of the engine: A heavy flywheel will mean the engine is slow to speed up ...
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Did I damaged my engine trying to remove the flywheel nut with resistance on the pto coupler?

More than likely you've just backed the PTO sprocket off of the drive shaft of the PTO itself. I'd suspect if you dismount the PTO (if you can easily) from the engine, you'll be able to see what you'd ...
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Diagnosing a boat that wont start

For an engine to start, you need three things - compression, fuel and spark. You've confirmed yo have compression, so we can rule that out. You've also confirmed that you've got fuel (you state in ...
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Starting a 2 stroke jet boat after several years

At best, "persuading" the engine to turn over will result in damage when it is started (because of rusty bearings, etc.). You might not even get that far, and you'll damage a piston or twist the crank ...
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Vacuum never decreases while leaning out carburetor mixture

I believe you are going about it slightly wrong. Here's what I found out about the adjustment for the Q-jet: Start by completely warming the engine and setting the idle speed where it’s comfortable, ...
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Vacuum never decreases while leaning out carburetor mixture

Qjets are bad about the secondary metering well plugs leaking fuel which causes a rich condition, this explains why vacuum never drops off. Most Kits include a metering well closed cell sponge to stop ...
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Normally-high run switch vs coil-ground out to turn off

From the information you have provided, I cant see any other option other than what you have suggested of using an normally closed relay that is operated by the run position of the switch. Without ...
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Prevent inline "waterproof" fuses from corroding

You could also try silicone plumber's grease.
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Attach small winch to truck bed or rear bumper

Your truck has stake pockets in the top of the side rails. You'll find a pair close to the tailgate and another pair close to the cab. (There may be others in an intermediate location.) The stake ...
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