I have one of these engines, now in its 5th season. So far, as long as I treat it to a new plug from time to time, it's been brilliant.
On Saturday, it was dark and low tide when we got to the boat. As a result, I didn't realise as I left the pontoon, I was ploughing rather than sailing. I found out a few minutes later when the engine started to sound unwell and I realised that all that was coming from the little pee pipe was steam. Next day I cleaned the bunged up water inlet and all seemed to be well.
Now I've just run the engine in its dustbin in the garden to get the salt out, as I do regularly and there's practically no flow from the pee hole at idle. It improves as I rev up, but is very much dependant on engine speed - steady drip at idle and a stready flow at higher revs, where before, it always seemed to be the same.
I suspect gunge in the system, so here are the questions:
1. Is there a strainer in the innards?
2. If so, how do I get to it?
3. It's probably time I looked at the impellor. How do I get to it?
4. Is there a downloadable manual I can get hold of? (I have 2 left spanners, but can usually manage if I have a manual)
Thanks in advance!