Q & A — February 2004
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
Bright and Shiny
2: Weak bilge pump, two-stroke fuel injection, and more
How does oil injection
work on a two-stroke outboard, and what are the key maintenance points?
V.S., via e-mail
Most outboard engines are fitted with a warning system that continuously monitors the oil level in the supply tank and will provide adequate warning when it’s necessary to refill. In addition, should oil levels drop below the normal operating parameters, the warning system will reduce power to help prevent powerhead damage.
Maintenance includes checking the oil level every time the engine is operated as well as making sure the reservoir and hoses are residue-free, indicating no leaks. Inspect the pump itself for leaks and the water drain tube for the presence of water. Place the tube in a suitable container, and drain a few ounces from the reservoir; if any water is there, call a mechanic.
Why is it inadvisable
to let a diesel engine idle for an extended time? S.C., via e-mail
The flow of one of
my bilge pumps seems weaker than usual. What should I check? G.T.,
How do you keep paint
from creeping under masking tape during painting? P.C., via e-mail
Need help with a maintenance problem? Write to Maintenance Q & A, Power & Motoryacht, 260 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Fax: (917) 256-2282. e-mail: email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
This article originally appeared in the January 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.