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    (2006) 225 E-tech HO issues

    Hey guys I need some help/opinions about my 2006 E-tec. I got the boat early 2013 and so far it has blown up twice and is currently being re-built for the second time.

    A couple months after I bought it I replaced almost everything including batteries, water pump, and starter just to make sure I wouldn't have any issues. The boat blew up shortly after and I spent a shi*t load of money to get it fixed. The boat worked great all of last season and it wasn't until I was about to winterize that I noticed the engine block was cracked again. It didn't die on the water or give me any sort of sign there was an issue until I saw it. Needless to say I am extremely frustrated and confused on how this can happen AGAIN!

    Has anyone had issues with their E-tech or have any idea what the problem could be?? The guy that originally fixed it is doing again at no charge but I don't want to keep a boat that could give me more problems in the future. I have heard that it COULD be the oil pump and IF I keep it I should just have that removed and mix the oil myself after I put gas in. Thoughts?

    The boat is 2 years from being paid off so I would prefer not getting myself into another loan for an extended amount of time if I don't have to. What should I do??

    ENGINE IS ON A RANGER Z20 COMMANCHE
    CANT FIND MODEL # ON PAPER AND BOAT IS ON THE SHOP
    SERIAL #05131629

    Thanks
    Last edited by KMG15; 03-02-2014 at 07:06 PM.

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    First list the model number and serial number. Also what boat is it on?
    IF YOU LIKE IT YOU CAN KEEP IT !!!

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    Can't premix as it is an injected motor. You need to find out what caused the original failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChampioNman View Post
    Can't premix as it is an injected motor. You need to find out what caused the original failure.
    this ^^^^^^^ if you don't find the problem it will keep happening.

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    BUMP

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    There was an issue with fuel selector switches made by TH Marine that Ranger used in their boats. A trained E-tec technician can perform a fuel flow test and verify that you are supplying the correct fuel flow to your motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChampioNman View Post
    There was an issue with fuel selector switches made by TH Marine that Ranger used in their boats. A trained E-tec technician can perform a fuel flow test and verify that you are supplying the correct fuel flow to your motor.
    Yes.
    I too had one of the mentioned selector valves(2007) installed by Ranger. A trained technician still can easily be fooled and may fail to diagnose what can be a very intermittent failure as it can repeatedly pass a fuel flow test performed in the shop or during a brief on-water check-out.

    One solution to help diagnose the failure is to permanently install a fuel vacuum gauge with a tell-tale pointer on the fuel line between the valve and the motor. By regular monitoring the peak fuel line vacuum after any change in the selector, the tell-tale pointer can catch whenever the valve is restricting flow even though the valve's pointer is properly positioned.

    The gauge can also tell you when the fuel filter needs to be changed as a calendar or motor hours meter is not very useful.



    Another issue is any small airleak in fuel line. This can appear also, whenever the fuel flow is being restricted by the tank selector valve. The air (bubbles in fuel line) can overwhelm the VST, and its ability to cool recirculated fuel yet still allow the motor to run near WOT speeds. Inserting a clear section of fuel hose at/near the permanent vacuum gauge can confirm an air in fuel issue.

    Still another related issue is that Ranger in some of the Z's, installed a kink(sharp bend) in the fuel line just aft of the selector valve...as the fuel line ages, it can collapse and pinch fuel flow starving the motor.

    Fuel lines and a vacuum gauge are cheap compared to blown motors.
    Last edited by Lou r Pitcher; 03-03-2014 at 03:55 PM.
    happy 'trails',


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    I too have had a couple of blown heads on 2007 Z21 w/225h/o..My tech found the dip tubes in tanks were allowing air in. He found this with clear plastic fuel line like Lou said and he also had to replace selector switch. Have gone couple years now and I have tried to blow it up (under warranty) and it has held up Great..
    Good Luck