Try this: start the engine. run in neutral and then shift to reverse. run at
slow speed. see if any water comes out the indicator. try this procedure 2 or
3 times, but not at high speed nor if the engine seems to be overheating.
Most small Evinrudes also have an exhaust pressure relief outlet directly under
the the powerhead and under the cowl latch. Hold your hand over it to see if
any exhaust and/or water is coming out while the engine is running.
If all this fails, it may be time to take your motor to a different mechanic
for a replacement impeller or water pump. Or, you can order a kit (from
Defender or a local dealer) and do it yourself. It is not a hard job. Either
way, you need to find the cause of the problem and repair it prior to depending
on this motor to get you home when you need it.
Water coming out indicator? Yes? No problem.
No? Is steam coming out hole? No - Blocked hose. Yes - Water pump not working.
Diagnosis complete. :-)
From what I understand, this is a problem that is unique to the Northwest
area of the
US. Our crude oil from Alaska has a high sulfer content so the refiners use
to combat the smell. That perfume attacts the *** motor mounts and water
tube grommet causing the grommet to swell & block the water tube.
Grab the motor hood & tiller handle and pull in opposite directions & push
too ( side to side, in the direction you would steer the motor).
If you can make metal to metal contact, your motor mounts are shot and most
likely your water tube grommet is too.
Of course, the usual things should be checked first. Make sure the water
pump is ok, and
while you are in there, try to blow air through the water tube (use a hose
air into it with your mouth), if you can't blow any air, the grommet is bad.
Carl G. Craver
12. evinrude 9.9