SailNet Community - Reply to Topic

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance > Engines > Gas > Atomic 4 > Need an A4 or a mechanic...
 Not a Member? 


Thread: Need an A4 or a mechanic... Reply to Thread
Title:
  

By choosing to post the reply below you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Topic Review (Newest First)
07-11-2012 04:53 PM
leogallant
Quote:
Originally Posted by sailor29664 View Post
need an A4 or locate a competent mechanic somewhere in the SC / GA / NC area. Boat is on lake Hartwell, in Anderson SC
Got his info finally. You'll want to call and see if he services diesel, our friends had an inboard gasoline engine serviced.

Glen Warnock
864.844.3939
222 Highway 413
Belton, SC 29627
07-10-2012 05:01 PM
sailor29664
Re: Need an A4 or a mechanic...

Anxiously awaiting arrival of a rebuilt A4 I found. Should be here end of this week or early part of next week. Then I'll be able to either learn how to rebuild the existing A4 or have it done locally without having any downtime this summer.
07-10-2012 03:56 PM
CalebD
Re: Need an A4 or a mechanic...

MMO has rust inhibitors in it as well as some solvents and lubrication - secret snake oil formula. It is the equivalent of a 5W oil, very light weight.
I use it to 'fog' the engine for winter layup. Shoot a few squirts into each cylinder and turn over briefly. I also do this during the season to help lube and clean the valves and cylinders. It seems to help keep my 45 year old A4 running smoothly.
07-10-2012 01:53 PM
RobGallagher
Re: Need an A4 or a mechanic...

Quote:
Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
MMO has its fans but I suspect also a large placebo effect. Added to the gasoline it acts as a "top cylinder lubricant" lubricating the cylinders and the valves in a way that the regular oil doesn't.

But mixed into the oil...there one has to ask, maybe the oil wasn't the right stuff to being with. MMO can't bring or do anything that a quality motor oil couldn't be doing alone.

For the price of a quart it isn't a painful experiment in any case.
I consider marvel as part solvent, part lubricant. I never put it in my oil except once when I had a stuck valve. I think I put in 50/50 marvel and motor oil, then ran the engine at idle, shut it down, ran it at idle, over and over till the valve freed up... can't remember exactly... I do know that I changed the oil and replaced with 100% motor oil before running under load.

The rear valves/rings don't heat up enough and can get gummed (again, memory may be wrong).

I put it in my fuel for a decade with no ill effects, can't prove it helped, but as I was never attacked by a zombie....
07-10-2012 11:14 AM
hellosailor
Re: Need an A4 or a mechanic...

MMO has its fans but I suspect also a large placebo effect. Added to the gasoline it acts as a "top cylinder lubricant" lubricating the cylinders and the valves in a way that the regular oil doesn't.

But mixed into the oil...there one has to ask, maybe the oil wasn't the right stuff to being with. MMO can't bring or do anything that a quality motor oil couldn't be doing alone.

For the price of a quart it isn't a painful experiment in any case.
07-10-2012 12:28 AM
travlineasy
Re: Need an A4 or a mechanic...

Something I almost forgot about. The one product that keeps A4s running forever is ::Marvel Mystery Oil:: This stuff is unreal, fixes more problems than you can imagine, and all you have to do is put a quart in the crankcase the next time you add oil, and 2-ounces per gallon in the fuel tank. It seat the vales, cleans the valve faces, cleans the seals, cleans crud off the cylinder walls and helps seat the rings. And, it doesn't take many miles on the engine to get results. I've seen A4s that everyone said would never run and after treatment with the Mystery Oil than ran like a Swiss watch.

Hope this helps,

Gary
07-07-2012 12:55 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Need an A4 or a mechanic...

Quote:
Originally Posted by sailor29664 View Post
she's rinning at present, jsut making noises an engine shouldn't make and smoking--sometimes a little, sometimes like a fog machine...lol Found a rebuilt last night up in MD, having it shipped down this week. Figure I'll jsut drop the new one in, then either learn to rebuild the old one or have it done to ahve a spare on hand. Thanks for the replies, will update on progress as it goes.
Do it yourself, even if you have to convince your wife to let you do it on the kitchen table. It is very satisfying the first time you light an engine you have built yourself from the bare block.

The A4 is such a simple engine that anyone who can turn a wrench can rebuild one.
07-07-2012 11:34 AM
sailor29664
Re: Need an A4 or a mechanic...

she's rinning at present, jsut making noises an engine shouldn't make and smoking--sometimes a little, sometimes like a fog machine...lol Found a rebuilt last night up in MD, having it shipped down this week. Figure I'll jsut drop the new one in, then either learn to rebuild the old one or have it done to ahve a spare on hand. Thanks for the replies, will update on progress as it goes.
07-06-2012 06:16 PM
travlineasy
Re: Need an A4 or a mechanic...

I guess my first question would be "what's wrong with the engine?" If it's not running, then it may be more difficult to diagnose the problem over the Internet, but in most instances, the A4 is a piece of cake to work on if you have relatively good access to the engine compartment. If you don't have good access, they're all tough to work on.

Gary
07-06-2012 12:50 AM
leogallant
Need an A4 or a mechanic...

Checking with friends who are having work done at an Anderson Shop right now, will post contact info as soon as I hear back.
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:20 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.