Q & A — April 2003
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
Doing the Circuit
2: Flooding Outboard, Polishing Fittings
tender’s carbureted outboard is constantly flooding. What could be
wrong? W.N., via e-mail
The other possible cause is excessive fuel-pump pressure that is overpowering the float. Since most mechanical fuel pumps cannot be adjusted, if that is the problem, you’ll have to buy a new fuel pump.
my older stainless steel fittings are virtually corrosion-free, they have
lost some of their original luster. Using 3M pads of varying grades with
a wide variety of polishes has not done the trick. Any suggestions?
V.T., via e-mail
Once you’ve got the shine back, apply a metal polish—Star brite’s chrome and stainless polish comes to mind—to keep it looking that way. You might also want to use a metal wax to protect your fittings. However, repeated applications will be necessary, as salt water will remove the protective coating.
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This article originally appeared in the March 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.