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Old 09-30-2013, 11:42 AM   #11
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Yoda regarding the PS pump yes they used the old GM unit. A picture of what you looking at would help. Has the boat been sitting unused?

The trim limit switch and trim position switch mount on either side of the gimbal ring and their wires penetrate the transom assy above the U-joint bellows. Only way to get to them is complete disassembly.

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Old 09-30-2013, 11:58 AM   #12
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Yoda, you mentioned that the steering was hard, you may not have power steering, it's not standard on the 3.0. The resevoir could be for the trim. I could tell more with a picture.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:16 AM   #13
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i'll know a whole lot more this weekend , hopefully i wont havt to change the bellows right out the gate
but if i do , the trim is also getting looked at
as for the power steering , i'll need to look again , i can't remember seeing a pump ( come to think about it )
but i was looking at so much at one time .
i'll check back in ................................. Thanks Mike and jrsick
( looks like im going to be leaning on this sight a lot )
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:17 AM   #14
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Pictures also this weekend ..............................
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:01 PM   #15
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Yoda, Ask the previous owner when the raw wate rimpeller was last changed out. These need to be replaced every 3 years on Alpha drives (some guys do it every year for piece of mind). Based on what you have noted about the boat, you have some bargaining chips when it comes to price. I would recommend having the drive pulled, replacing the bellows (this requires some special tools), trim sending unit/switch (hockey puck lookign things on either side of the drive [$100 for parts alone]), replacing the impeller ($75 in parts), and having a pressure test done to ensure the drive doesn't need new oil seals. All, in all, you are looking at ~$400 in parts plus labor if you have a merc mechnic do it. Hope that helps with the bargaining.

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Old 10-05-2013, 05:10 PM   #16
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Ok Guys

Ran the Boat today ( on the trailer with muffs )
didn't notice any leaks at the bellows , ( leaking into the bilge )
no water hoses in the engine compartment leaking
Boat has 189 hours on it

this boat doesn't have power steering ( no pump ) the boat doesn't steer hard on the trailer
so maybe I need to man up ( but the steering is kinda hard - maybe normal ?? )

About winterizing , Can I Just disconnect hoses and pour in anti freeze ?
or is it best to run it , till anti freeze come out the out drive ??

Ok im going back outside to put stuff up
im including some more picturesDSCF0821.JPGDSCF0822.JPGDSCF0824.JPGDSCF0826.JPG
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:30 PM   #17
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Yoda you do not have power steering. First picture is trim pump that raises and lowers the outdrive. Steering may be a litte stiff when in the water due to engine torgue. It should be easier to turn one direction vs the other. This is becuse in one direction te torgue helps you and the other you are pushing against it.

You can just disconnect the hoses and pur in he antifreeze but first need to remove all drains and get the water out else the anti-freeze get diluted and looses strenght (will freeze sooner). Running with kit until anti-freeze comes out exhaust ensures th system is fully flushed.
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Yoda, regarding winterizing, those two blue hoses will drain the block. Just push the button on the fittings and they come right off. You drain the engine by lowering the hoses below the engine (the hoses are open-ended and don't leak during operation because the ends are mounted higher than the engine). To winterize, run antifreeze through the engine via the muffs. Then, drain the antifreeze from the engine, via the blue hoses, back into your antifreeze containers to use again next year. This ensures low spots don't freeze and adds some corrosion protection. At least that's the way I do it, I'm sure there are other good techniques.
That long black hose on the deck is the oil drain, just stick it out of the bilge drain hole. Oil draining evolution leads to much hilarity and donkey jokes at my house.
I don't have PS either and generally works OK. Our boats have a small turning radius. I do get a workout during a day of skiing, but like that I have reduced possibility to oversteer since I usually have a full boat.
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