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    Need to provide engine serial number at minimum,...

    Need to provide engine serial number at minimum, some of the other data mentioned in this announcement may also help the pros in responding to your question - Please Read BEFORE Posting
  2. When was the water pump last replaced? Service...

    When was the water pump last replaced? Service interval is annual or 100hrs whichever comes first. Anytime you have cooling problems, best to start at the source - the water pump. Make certain the...
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    ^^^^

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    Use the "Go Advanced" option instead of "Post...

    Use the "Go Advanced" option instead of "Post Quick Reply". In the "Additional Options" show below the text window, select "manage attachments" and press on. :wink:
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    Will your engine not turn over or is it turning...

    Will your engine not turn over or is it turning over but won't start?
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    Here's a pic of mine Saturday after a 20min run...

    Here's a pic of mine Saturday after a 20min run in 40 air temperature. Same thing you see from your car or truck in cooler temperatures when warm moist air hits cold air - condensation.
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    When I need to do this (use mine year round) I...

    When I need to do this (use mine year round) I use a glass eyedropper with an angled tip. Suck up the recommended amount from a spoon and squirt into the cylinder. Have read recently of others using...
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    Not necessarily. The EFI, Optimax, and Verado are...

    Not necessarily. The EFI, Optimax, and Verado are all EFI engines. Primary difference is the EFI, as I understand it, was more or less, the carb version upgraded to EFI (someone correct me if I don't...
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    Might get more help by posting in the 3L forum...

    Might get more help by posting in the 3L forum (covers your engine), suggest obtaining engine serial number if at all possible, the pros here can run it for maintenance history - Mercury - 3 Liter &...
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    Welcome. :thumb up2:

    Welcome. :thumb up2:
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    OP states it's carb'd in his original post.

    OP states it's carb'd in his original post.
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    Your engine is covered in this forum, serial...

    Your engine is covered in this forum, serial number is required (see the Announcements at top of the 3L forum) - Mercury - 3 Liter & 3 Liter High Performance
  13. While I have a Mercmonitor, a good economical...

    While I have a Mercmonitor, a good economical alternative is the Vessel View Mobile -New VesselView Mobile

    To read computer data yourself you'll be limited to obtaining something from...
  14. ^^^^ Top tier, high volume, E10, 87 octane for...

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    Top tier, high volume, E10, 87 octane for the 10yrs, 8mos since first tank with my Optimax and I keep the tank full at all times. No choice here and no fuel related issues. I'm following...
  15. Glass eyedropper with angled end works great and...

    Glass eyedropper with angled end works great and doubles well for the compressor. A syringe with short piece of tubing would be awesome too.
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    That's where I'd be looking for problems, chafed...

    That's where I'd be looking for problems, chafed wires, loose or poor connections, etc.
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    Will only be as warm as compressor can make it,...

    Will only be as warm as compressor can make it, from my engine I'd describe it as lukewarm at best depending on water surface temp.
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    Nor does my 2.5L only time it did was when the...

    Nor does my 2.5L only time it did was when the dealer installed 800CCA wet cell was 2yrs old. Replaced with 1150CCA AGM and never again.
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    Next time try posting in the correct forum -...

    Next time try posting in the correct forum - Mercury - 4 Stroke / Verado
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    No there are not, Mercury's service manuals are...

    No there are not, Mercury's service manuals are copyrighted products and they do not provide them in any other form. You might find a good used OEM manual by searching/posting in the classifieds or...
  21. And gracious offers for parts...

    And gracious offers for parts...
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    If you decide to replace your battery switch make...

    If you decide to replace your battery switch make sure it is rated for the cold cranking amp capacity of your battery. Most dealer installed switches don't even meet engine required minimums. :ohwell:
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    ^^^^ This is precisely what I noted when...

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    This is precisely what I noted when upgrading to TDR reeds in my standard Optimax. It idles smoother and has noticeably improved throttle response and mid-range snap in addition to the peace...
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    Have the spark plugs (there are other items see...

    Have the spark plugs (there are other items see link below) been replaced at the recommended interval of annually or 100hrs whichever comes first?

    Is the oil leak at the small cap on the engine...
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    Checking all connections is first order of...

    Checking all connections is first order of business, tight, no corrosion, etc.

    One thing that's come up here before regarding battery switches, they are not all created equal, and many times...
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