Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Seattle Washington area
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Yes I have good "pee" water. In fact I had just changed out the water impeller. I bought this engine used and try to take meticulous care of it. I only get to use it for a week or two each year. It gets flushed thoroughly with fresh water, the fuel system run dry, fogging oil added to the carburetor and intake system as well as the cylinders, sprayed with corrosion inhibitor and it is stored inside upright on an engine stand. Up until this year it has been bulletproof.
This year I did not have “pee” water initially and shut it right down (less than a minute of run time). I assumed a failed impeller so I replaced it. When I opened it up it turned out that there was nothing wrong with the old impeller. It was clean, flexible, complete and properly mounted. So, I had to have had some sort of obstruction somewhere internally. I had cooling water flowing out of every other water orifice except the “pee” hole. The tube connecting the “pee” hole to the engine was clear as was the plastic “pee” hole assembly itself, that left the obstruction to be located somewhere inside the power head. With a new impeller and water flowing I had the confidence to run up the speed and eventually I got a drip out of the tube that connects to the “pee” hole. A little longer and I had a powerful stream. But I never saw anything obvious come out.
So the next time I am up there (San Juan Islands-Washington State) I will replace the thermostat and the lower unit gear oil.