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$500 for a throttle cable and a hose clamp

Found time to look over my old 9.8 Merc I use as a backup engine for my 20' Tolman Skiff. Mechanic had looked at it and said it would cost $500 to fix and I decided to do it myself.
Most complicated thing was to rig up fittings to go into the flush port. Then I had to build a stand for it. Found the rusted throttle cable was frozen in place so I cut it off and adjusted throttle with a screwdriver. Starts and runs fine. Fuel leak for lack of a simple hose clamp.
My total cost, about $5.00 for fittings, $6.00 for a pressure treated post (part of my stand), $1.50 for hose clamp and $29.00 for the throttle cable.
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Re: $500 for a throttle cable and a hose clamp

If you want to enjoy this lifestyle...do as much as you can by yourself

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Re: $500 for a throttle cable and a hose clamp

It's not the parts, it's the time you pay the mechanic for. Automotive mechanics around here get about $80/hr. Marine specialists cost more.
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Re: $500 for a throttle cable and a hose clamp

Way to go! Glad you got it fixed easily.

However, if you were fixing your neighbors outboard and charging $80-$100 per hour, what would you have had to charge, ie how many hours did the entire job take? The shops have rent, utility bills, benefits, and other expenses to pay. If you can do it yourself, its usually a money saver.


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Re: $500 for a throttle cable and a hose clamp

What was the shop guy's name - Ben Dover?
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Considering that he already had the stand and knows what to look for, I'd say his total time would have been less than an hour. He already knew it wasn't frozen. I would have been happy to spend $150 and then spend another $80 to do the impeller (haven't done that yet). I woulda gone away happy and then used him for work on the 90 hp being willing to spend much more on it. Instead, he lost me as a customer and ruined his reputation with me and my friends.
Nobody expects a 40 yr old motor to run perfectly but he simply didn't want to bother and felt he could do better trying to sell me a new motor I clearly had no use for. I suspect his entire shop does nothing but warranty work.
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Re: $500 for a throttle cable and a hose clamp

Without seeing him firsthand, I trust your take on the guy is right.

I recently had a shop quote me an entire day's labor to R&R my four injectors. They also claimed their specialist had to make a small slide hammer to remove the injectors, which could accidentally pull the sleeve out and expose the combustion chamber to coolant. They would drain the coolant first, but if the sleeve came out, it would increase the time and cost. Further, they thought there was limited room to fit the slide hammer and might have to do some "invasive carpentry". Their words.

I called Volvo, they said they sell a $75 tool for the job that is about 5 inches long and holds the sleeve in place, during removal. I have nearly a foot of clearance. Job should take a few hours.

We all have thousands of these stories, don't we.
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Re: $500 for a throttle cable and a hose clamp

some of the tools you can buy for certain engines make all the difference in the world...honda was big on this on their motorcyle engines and you couldnt beleive how little KNOWLEADGE you had to have when using their tools

yes a but expensive for a one time use deal but if you like working on engines and things mechanical this tools pay themselves in the medium and long run

stuff like bearing pullers and retainers, shaft holders, etc..etc...etc...even a good spark plug wrench goes such a long way in making lufe easier for you and cheaper in the end

befriending a good shop and mechanic though is priceless and having a place or person to give you ideas and help for a beer or two and using them when you arent comfortable is great but unfortunately these days we all know they are few and far bewteen

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Re: $500 for a throttle cable and a hose clamp

I told a local Mercury agent in Auckland that I wanted to totally refurbish my 15hp Mercury outboard and in order the get it to look original I needed a set of the engine cowl decals. So understand what this is - just the name "Mercury" in the stylised striping in both sides of the cowl and the number "15" on the back.

This is a cut-n-paste from the e-mail I got back.

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The decals for your engine will cost $443.02 incl and the part number for my reference is 37-13478a00

Let me know if you want me to order this. It is ether ex auz or America

Thanks


I said "No thanks, I don't think the motor is worth that much." I never got a response so maybe he agreed

So $500 to do a repair and supply parts is actually a good deal
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the decals were 440? or the work and decals?

wtf? man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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