Mercruiser Intermittent Bogging


Old 10-22-07, 06:13 PM
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Mercruiser Intermittent Bogging

My friend has a Mercruiser 228 Gen 1 (Chevy 260 V8 double barrel carb) on a 1982 Cris Craft. The engine block is from a 2000 Chevy truck which was outfitted with new Mercruiser parts in 2005. The outdrive is entirely new within the past 15 months. Itís got a Thunderbolt IV ignition.

Heís having the most unusual problem. Iíve read through the posts and see symptoms which are similar but one element or another is different from what heís experiencing. Iím hoping someone can help. We canít make sense of the various symptoms which change somewhat with each new attempt to identify the problem and to make matters worse --- itís an intermittent issue. And each time we change something at first it seems we have it fixed then we find out the threshold point where the problem kicks has moved up in the RPM scale for a while and slowly the problem moves back down closer to idle.

There are times when the boat Ďbogsí. The boat feels like itís surging (or choking). There are no unusual sounds from the engine, although sometimes it sounds like itís running rougher. The problem can start as soon as we push off from the dock, other times he can run all day with no problem. Next time we take it out, it may happen cold or after some period of time running.

At first he thought it might be the wiring harness because when we played with the connector the problem would go away. He changed the engine side wiring harness Ė ran fine for a day. Parked the boat in the drivewayÖ..two weeks later (no use between times) put the boat in the water, problem returns.

Heís changed the fuel pump, the water separator, checked the spark, cleaned water out of the carb. He pulled the choke all the way open. We even changed the ignition module.

Hereís the part thatís weird. Some days it bogs not much over idle, other days it waits until it planes out (not during the load of reaching plane but afterwards). Weíve tried to correlate any elements to see if something is common which we just arenít finding Ė sometimes it happens under load; sometimes at idle. Sometimes @ high RPMs, sometimes very low. Sometimes itís running fine, we stop for dinner; and then it starts bogging when we leave. Usually after he changes a part, it will work well for an hour or so and then start again Ė other times it will work for one or two days.

Maybe itís a coincidence but several times weíve held blocks of ice on the ignition (ďbrainĒ) and it seems to help at least for a little while.

One symptom implies itís fuel related but why would ice on the brain make it better? Sometimes he thinks the secondaries arenít working correctly but then itís not always when itís under load and it seems random based on weight or use. Distributor? Carb? Ignition module (although it seems highly unlikely that two different modules would cause the same symptom).

Weíre totally at a loss as to what to think or try next. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-19-07, 07:10 AM
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Savannah, Ga.
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I think there is a Mercruiser service bulletin that addresses this problem. I know there are one or two that address "bogging". See if you can find it HERE.

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