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The value of preventative maintenance

During to a series of unfortunate events, I now have my mornings “free”. In so much that I can watch the kiddo’s and get some wrenching done. Off to some boating websites and 400 dollars later I have the necessary supplies to rebuild the carbs and replace the reeds - I hope this cures the hard starting issue. I purchased a water impeller rebuild kit for my boat a while ago and had been meaning to do it since who knows when it was done last.

Anyway, the boat really runs pretty well but everything I rebuild/replace is generally neglected by most owners as they don’t change/replace something unless it fails. That’s not really my style. I’d like to prevent my engine from overheating so I’m not stranded on the lake.

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Anywho, back to the moral of the story. Preventative maintenance is a good thing. The water pump was beyond it’s useful life and the edges where starting to come apart.

Do your maintenance Oppo.

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Photo: Me.
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Illustration for article titled The value of preventative maintenance
Photo: Me.

If you’ve made it this far, is it bad to run a carb jetted for 5,000 ft at sea level for a couple days? Will I lean out the motor? Do I need to rejet for a weekend trip?

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