A lot of boats and yachts you see in the port have an outboard engine. This is just one of several different means of propulsion, but also a fairly common one. If your boat has an outboard engine, there are several issues that might affect you when you finally take your boat out for a spring cruise. These issues could cause a number of problems including your engine not starting or not running as smooth as you’re used to.
Outboard engines today are made to be much more complex and sophisticated than before and feature a lot of intricate components. Therefore, if any of these components fails for whatever reason, you could be faced with issues that might affect your boat’s performance. In this case, it’s always best to consult a ship repair expert to assess the issue and recommend your best course of action, whether it’s repair or replacement.
In this article, we’ll list some of the most common issues affecting outboard engines.
If your outboard engine refuses to start, one of the most common issues causing the malfunction is likely electrical in nature. The issues here range from a dead battery to faulty wiring. Fortunately, even if you’re out in the open seas these issues are easy to find and fix in most cases. If a dead battery is not the issue, check the throttle and look for corrosion on the battery connections.
Poor Fuel Flow
Another common issue causing the engine to fail or sputter when you need it the most is poor fuel flow. Again, the most common and obvious issue here is an empty gas tank. Sometimes the gauges can be unreliable, so make sure to refill your tank before setting off. But if your gas tank is full, other issues might be challenging to fix. Some of them include a clogged filter as well as a blockage or a leak in the fuel line. All of these issues could restrict the gas from reaching the engine.
If none of the above are causing the issue, you should inspect the cooling system as the next likely suspect. Since the outboard engine is water cooled, it needs a constant supply of water from a telltale valve. If it does not get it, you might run into an issue with it, even if it appears to be running smoothly. However, if the water intake is intact, there could be a clog in the intake. In some rare cases, overheating could be caused by more serious issues like an oil pump issue or a faulty or damaged impeller. If this is the case, having your engine inspected by professionals is a must.
Strange Sounds and Vibrations
If your engine fails to start, is running poorly or overheating, the issue might be accompanied by strange sounds and vibrations. Seasoned boat owners know exactly when their outboard engine is not purring as it used to, so in these cases, you should trust what you hear. Other times, you might hear loud banging or feel unusual vibrations. These issues could be caused by a bent or damaged propeller or a damaged or loose motor mount. You should try to run the engine slower to reduce the clanking until you can have a ship repair expert inspect and repair the engine.
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