My dad and I were out fishing today. The Port engine started acting up. It was idling at 500rpm and running rough. It would die whenever I tried to give it enough gas to get the rpm over 2,500. We pulled the plugs and they were dirty. We cleaned them with no effect. NP, we have another engine and with my trim tab we can plane decently with one engine. Last year I installed a ball valve to cut off the coolant if I need to shut an engine down. I installed it on the same line one uses to flush. If you know the engine by now you know that is the wrong hose to clamp when towing or running on one engine. We drove about 4 miles back to the dock on one engine. When I got home I changed the plugs on that engine. It took forever to finally start, but after over a dozen attempts the eninge overcame what water entered it and the exhayst system and started. It ran rough and at low rpms for a bit, but seemed to come back to life, probably after blowing all that water out the exhaust system. I'm glad I didn't let the boat sit. Since I was able to get the engine to run and blow the water out am I in the clear?
I'm debating changing the ball valves over to the correct hose vs chucking them and getting a pair of hose clamps. They'll restrict the flow of water a bit. I'm not sure that's a good idea with these high performance eninges. Anyone tried it?
Drove over 15mph without coolant hose clamped
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