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  1. Greetings: I have read hundreds of your posts but never communicated. Got a question for you. Looking at a 2013 Triton/XS with a 2011 Mercury OptiMax 250 Pro XS with 175 hours. Anything I should know or be aware of with this motor. Thanks  Chuck Moore

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      fishinwrench

      I'm personally not a fan of the computer controlled Merc Optimax or Yamaha HPDI platforms.  Once out of warranty you are basically screwed.   

      I know that I can't properly diagnose running issues with them, and dealerships with all the latest diagnostic software can't accurately troubleshoot them either.   Some units seem to run forever without any problems, but many MANY others are a never-ending nightmare with issues while underway....and it is impossible to hang off the back of a boat and diagnose a problem that only occurs at 50-60mph.  A specific Mercury ONLY tech shop complete with a dynomometer is the only place that has a shot at curing those issues. And there are darn few of those places across the country.

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  2. Hey wrench,  when can i call you?

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      Anytime you want.IMG_20170212_154837.jpg

  3. Hi Fishwrench,

    I apologize, but I failed to write down your phone number and the name of your shop.  Would you please be so kind as to email me the info one more time.

    Thanks, Ed Burns (Bank robber) @ekburns@outlook.com

  4. A question if you have time,

    I have a 2003 tracker pro V with a 75 hp 2 stroke tracker/merc motor. It seemed a little cold blooded this winter, and it was time to replace the pump ( preventative maintenance), so I did a pump replacement and changed plugs fuel filter fuel lines, and prime bulb. It might be a little better but still not great.

    I hope I don't have to crack into the carbs, any suggestions?

    One other thing, I have a trolling flap, I have done some trolling with the motor, I don't do much any more, is this bad for the motor, or could slow trolling with a 2 stroke some how cause it to be cold natured?   

    Thank you,

    Dan H

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      Diagnosing any issue begins with a compression test, then an ignition output test.  If both those tests indicate "good" then it has to be a fuel system issue (pump, primer, carbs, or intake reed valves).  

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  5. I was just wondering if you could give me some advice and maybe answer some questions.  I am looking at buying a used 2003 Nitro 185 Fish & Ski boat.  The guy says it has a Well maintained 150 hp Merc with new power head, less than 15 hours.  What is a new power head?  Does that mean there could be something else wrong with the motor?

    Any help or advice you could give me would be much appreciated

    Thanks

     

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      Ok, so the honest answer is....They never made the determination.  

      Bad fuel will not blow a powerhead. 

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  6. I was just wondering if you could give me some advice and maybe answer some questions.  I am looking at buying a used 2003 Nitro 185 Fish & Ski boat.  The guy says it has a Well maintained 150 hp Merc with new power head, less than 15 hours.  What is a new power head?  Does that mean there could be something else wrong with the motor?

    Any help or advice you could give me would be much appreciated

    Thanks

     

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      *powerhead*. (not powerless).

      Dam auto-correct !

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  7. I was just wondering if you could give me some advice and maybe answer some questions.  I am looking at buying a used 2003 Nitro 185 Fish & Ski boat.  The guy says it has a Well maintained 150 hp Merc with new power head, less than 15 hours.  What is a new power head?  Does that mean there could be something else wrong with the motor?

    Any help or advice you could give me would be much appreciated

    Thanks

     

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      The powerless is the cylinder block/pistons/crankshaft..... Basically the heart of the engine.   As long as they determined what caused the original powerhead to fail, and fixed that too, then all is good.

      Many times though a dealership will replace a blown powerhead and never take the time to figure out and fix what caused it in the first place.... Setting the stage for yet another powerhead failure.   About the only thing you can do is run it a short while then examine the spark plugs, and if any of them appear cleaner or dirtier than the others then you know something needs attention.  

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  8. PM me with contact info please I'don't like to apply for a job

  9. Fishinwrench:

    My friend has a 1988 Mercury XR 150.  The thing runs great except for when he is running it in the 3800 to 4000 rpm range.  Every 20 seconds or so it is like you goose it and the rpm's go up 400 to 500 for just a brief second or 2 and then return to normal.  Any ideas what the problem is?  Thanks for any help you can provide.

     

    Brad

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      Not likely unless he has changed props or made a jackplate adjustment.

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  10. Fishinwrench:

    My friend has a 1988 Mercury XR 150.  The thing runs great except for when he is running it in the 3800 to 4000 rpm range.  Every 20 seconds or so it is like you goose it and the rpm's go up 400 to 500 for just a brief second or 2 and then return to normal.  Any ideas what the problem is?  Thanks for any help you can provide.

     

    Brad

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      No prob.  Are the RPM's actually fluctuating (noticeably) or is he just going by what the tachometer reads ?

      The first sign of a failing voltage regulator is usually sporadic tach readings, so it's important to monitor the volt guage if you want to catch it early.  

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  11. Fishinwrench:

    My friend has a 1988 Mercury XR 150.  The thing runs great except for when he is running it in the 3800 to 4000 rpm range.  Every 20 seconds or so it is like you goose it and the rpm's go up 400 to 500 for just a brief second or 2 and then return to normal.  Any ideas what the problem is?  Thanks for any help you can provide.

     

    Brad

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      Sounds typical of a failing voltage regulator.  Have your friend keep an eye on his voltmeter guage (if equipped)  It should never climb above 15v, and should hold somewhere around 14 to14.5v at that RPM.  Don't run it very long with a failing regulator though or it could possibly burn up other ignition components or even catch fire.    

      Other possibilities are unstable stator output, a failing switchbox, or high speed fuel metering issues...But testing those requires special tools/techniques that you probably don't have access to, or would be uncomfortable doing.

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  12. Hi,

    Quick question.  Motorguide Pro Series 46 lb thrust, 08 model with light to no usage.  It only moves the boat in Speed 5 or Rabbit.  What could be the problem??

    Thanks

    Joe

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      Most likely is a burnt SE module, but it could be the 3 position control switch. You'll have to trace down the voltage path with a voltmeter to be sure.   

      The "High Bypass" (rabbit) circuit does not run through the SE control module, so typically when you only can operate on HBP it is because of a failed module.   I consider that DEATH for a trolling motor because the cost of replacing the SE module is usually more than the unit is worth.  

  13. Hey Wrench,

    Could you please take a look at my post in the Boat Help section?

    Before I start experimenting I'd appreciate some professional help.

    Thanks, Pete

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      Sure.....if I can find it.   If I don't reply gimme a call.   573-569-5406

  14. Hi Fishinwrench, I have a Merc. EFI 150 and the buzzer just when on just for a second.and went off as I slowed a bit. I had my impeller replaced about two years ago but did not fish much in the two years. If I have to replace it do you work on them or could you replace it?

     

    Thanks Dan

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      Sure, not a problem.   If it only came on momentarily though it may be something else setting it off.  Once hot enough to trip the overheat warning a motor can't cool off that quickly, it takes a minute or two.   Check your oil level and motion sensor.    

      My number is 573-569-5406 if you'd like my help.   Thanks, Glen

  15. Caught those on trap type baits! No whites all brids . We we up at the "Hill"

  16. Hi, I'm Bill and saw that you flyfish a lot especially for white bass on the Osage. I was wondering what flies are best for the whites. I know clousers and maybe some woolly buggers, but there are more I'm sure. Would mind sharing some names of the flies you use with me. Won't get much fishing done this year, maybe, but would like to start working things up for next year. I'd appreciate it.  Thanks

     

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      There are alot of good flats up that way.  Cole camp creek, Turkey cr. and big/little Buffalo cr. get good spawning runs in the Spring.  The thing to do if you really want to learn their haunts is to get on them during the spawn when they are easy to find, and then follow them back out as they retreat afterwards.    You will end up with a milk run of areas where you can almost always find them.    A section of rocky bank amongst the mud flats is almost always going to have some Whites hanging around it.  

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  17. Hi, I'm Bill and saw that you flyfish a lot especially for white bass on the Osage. I was wondering what flies are best for the whites. I know clousers and maybe some woolly buggers, but there are more I'm sure. Would mind sharing some names of the flies you use with me. Won't get much fishing done this year, maybe, but would like to start working things up for next year. I'd appreciate it.  Thanks

     

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      Finding big bluegill on this lake is rare, not sure why.  Chasing the Whites/hybrids up on the flats is alot of fun on the fly gear and once you figure them out you can outfish anyone throwing regular gear most times.   These fish just simply do not see flys.....EVER.  

      There is a spring Branch here in the Gravois arm that holds fish all Winter long and it blows people away that I can catch Whites and hybrids almost all year long.  There are several similar spring inflows on the Glaize and Little Niangua arms also.  Huge fun on fly gear.

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  18. Hi, I'm Bill and saw that you flyfish a lot especially for white bass on the Osage. I was wondering what flies are best for the whites. I know clousers and maybe some woolly buggers, but there are more I'm sure. Would mind sharing some names of the flies you use with me. Won't get much fishing done this year, maybe, but would like to start working things up for next year. I'd appreciate it.  Thanks

     

    1. fishinwrench

      fishinwrench

      Clousers for sure (size #4. 1/40oz.)

      Bulkhead Deceiver (size #2 - gray/wht. & chart/wht.)

      Crease fly (size #4 - chart/white).

      And sometimes when the water is up and moving a 3" long Olive rabbit strip Leech fished on the swing is unbeatable.  

       

      Good luck !

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