How often do you guys change your water and fuel pump? Ive had my boat (its a 2005 Seafox with a 150 2 stroke Merc) for about 4 years and have yet to do any real maintenance on it other than changing a few lines.
In the Keys last week it was running "ok" but it felt like it could use a little tune up.
What should I expect to pay for a new water and fuel pump? And what else should I add to the list of essentials? I am far from rolling in money and the boat runs OK I just want to throw a safety net by changing a few "seasonal" things so I don't run into a major issue.
Poppet valve every 2 years.
Fuel pump... when it goes bad.
Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters
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So just the impeller and thermostat, not a full water pump? I assume my fuel pump is fine I just figured it isn't a ton to change and hear about them going bad
What should those things cost me in parts/labor? (roughly)
I may do it myself but the price I was told was way more reasonable than I thought so I may just have them do it this time. Just trying to see what it should cost after watching some videos it seems fairly simple
On the offshore boat, water pump impeller once a year, along with fuel and oil filters (2 stroke).
the skiff gets yearly filters, the impeller gets changed every 50-60 hours. Probably a little overkill, but they're real cheap, and I do it myself. It gets run in shallow water a whole lot, and eats a lot more sand and trash than the offshore boats do.
And you would be right.... plenty of people are a marine mechanics next big payday....but hey, everyone has to eat...right? :grin
I put THOUSANDS of hours on my motor ( 3370 on my 05 when I traded it in on my next one...My 2012 is only at 1700) .... Water pump every 3 seasons along with spark plugs.
Oil in a 4 stroke is another matter... I do oil every 100 hrs or less ( Amsoil previous but recently moved to Mobile 1 because it is easily available..and close in testing ) with filter every other change. L/U lube ( AMSOIL ONLY! ) every 6 months.
But, people should do what they are comfortable with...
Many things to do.
Knots to be unraveled
'fore the darkness falls on you
If you don't use your engine much, I think you actually change it more often and the impeller blades get position memory and tend to dry out as well...although if u start it up on the hose every month it will definitely help.
But hey, I've had friends run all over Choko and EC with their boats and never change a water pump for many years.
For me, its not an expensive thing and gives me peace of mind.
I don't think i need to change it for another two years at the soonest. Gear oil i'll change this winter, so one year. I pull the fuel/water separator ever 6 months and drain/inspect. so far i haven't found much if any water in the fuel i drain out.
Plugs once a year
Lot's of times the pisser looks like mud and a little water. If I was a clean water guy I'd do it very 2 years or so.