Hi everyone! Someone from iBoats suggested this site in response to one of my many inquiries. I don't know how I missed this place before.
A little about me: Love the water - of course. Been on it much of my life, mostly on Georgian Bay, Ontario. 'Have a 17' Sylvan Adventurer with a 90HP Honda and explored most of the great lakes with it before being posted to Great Slave Lake in the NWT. I now live in Quesnel BC but am on the Vancouver Is. frequently. Last fall I went to a motorcycle show in Seattle and returned home (more or less) with a Maxum 2300 SC with a 5.0L Mercruiser Alpha 1 with 170 hrs.
I am not new to boating or navigation as my job is dependent on being on the water in a variety of vessels.
For reasons I won't go into right now, I STILL haven't heard this thing run nor have I had it on the water. I paid decent money to have it serviced and tested before taking delivery. However, I have many questions regarding it's operation and I will touch on a few priority ones right now.
I 've spent several weekends now buffing the gel coat, equipping all my equipment on board..the usual proud new owner stuff. In preparation for today's voyage, I went to check fluid levels and found a few things mechanically that concerned me. Many of these things I anticipate I will be able to comb through the posts here and determine the answers on my own.
First, I cannot find an owner's manual to it. I purchased the shop manual for the engine but am not 100% I even got the correct one. The Maxum site for some reason doesn't even list the 2002 2300 SC (which I think is identical to the 2003 2400 SC). Some say the supplements and manuals are useless but I don't even know the proper starting procedure or how to use the integrated porta-potty.
Secondly, (this boat has a heat exchanger for salt-water use) there is a large tube that is transversely mounted to the V-8 and the engine cover has an easy access panel to check the rad-cap that is placed dead center on this tube. There is a placard that says check coolant level daily but doesn't state what level it should be at. The stamp on the rad cap (it's obviously NOT a rad but is the same type of pressure cap found on a pressurized cooling system) says "check coolant level on plastic container" or something to that effect and there is a tube attached to a large plastic white container - an overflow container - that is half full. Ok, inside this heat exchanger tube there is no liquid, it is bone dry. Should it be? Or does this get filled with water or antifreeze and if the latter, what ratio of coolant to water AND is there a special type of coolant?
Perhaps more importantly is IF this is supposed to be filled with antifreeze and the dealer water tested this engine prior to delivery, where did all the coolant go in the last month since I took possession?
Thirdly, for a few reasons I will again withhold for now, I have reason to worry that the shop that performed the service on the boat took a lot of short cuts (and may have taken me to the cleaners). I am very concerned that they may have not changed the impellor as requested and charged for. Does an I/O engine have the equivalent to a pee-hole on an outboard for ensuring water is being circulated? Is there a quick way to check the stern drive to see if the impellor is new? Without ripping the paper gaskets?
I think I will leave it there for now. Thanks a heap in advance for the advice.
P.S. One more quick thing. It appears the Mercruiser engine was changed in 2002. Is there any way of determining the year of the engine?