Marine boat motors.....


Old 06-19-07, 10:16 PM
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Question Marine boat motors.....

I own a 1973 Gastron Bayliner 17' ski boat with a 4 cylinder 174 cc ? inboard\outboard Volvo engine. The boat has hardly been used for its age and always stored inside a boat house in the summer and a heated shop during the winter months. Only once Did i HAVE A FREEZE PLUG BLOW OUT ON ME WHEN i TRIED TO DO SOME WINTER FISHING and the water inside the water jackets froze.
The problem I have is with the hydrolic lift on the outdrive, when I get into the shallow areas and want to lift the prop out of the water a little bit, I press the button on the dash and it should raise up out of the water ,but instead it just makes a motor sound and than stops and the prop stays in the down position. It seems as though the lift is jamed or tweaked so that it wont move up or down , but the motor drive to the lift is working.
Question Is this an expensive repair and can I do it my self and is there a boat motor repair manual on some website that will alow me to download for my private use. I would love to get this fixed so I can take my visiting 9 yr old granddaughter out fishing.
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Old 06-20-07, 02:05 AM
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Even though I own a boat and I'm an owner/operator of a outdoor power equipment shop, I don't work on my own boat. I just don't have the time but I do have minor knowledge of them. You should have two solenoids that control the trim (up and down movement) and I'll guess that it is with one or both of these that you have the trouble. Don't take this for absolute but it is worth testing each to check their effectiveness. Stay tuned for someone else that may have a better working knowledge on boats and also be sure to post your question in the "Marine, boating...etc." forum (different section within this site) as well.
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