If your a  Do-it-yourself type person, like myself and thousands of others, I extend to you, this bit of advice.

Short Version:
            (Unless it's an absolute emergency.)
2.) If you don't know what you're doing, find out, before you mess it up.

Long Version:
Present-day marine equipment, are highly technical pieces of machinery. Electronic ignition and special carburetors and Injection systems provide better performance and greater fuel economies, but also are more complex for the untrained mechanic.

Do not attempt any repairs which are not covered in your Operation and Maintenance Manual accompanying your product, unless, you are aware of the precautions ("Cautions" and "Warnings") and procedures required. You can hurt yourself , your boat and innocent bystanders.

If you attempt to service the product yourself, we suggest you order the service manual for that model. The service manual outlines the correct procedures to follow. It is written for the trained mechanic, so there may be procedures you don't understand. Do not attempt repairs if you do not understand the procedures.

There are special tools and equipment that are required to perform some repairs. Do not attempt these repairs unless you have these special tools and/or equipment. You can cause damage to the product in excess of the cost a dealer would have charged  you to make the original diagnosis and repair.

Also, if you partially disassemble an engine or drive assembly and are unable to repair and or reassemble it, the dealer's mechanic must reassemble the components and test to determine the problem. ( Nobody likes getting a "basket Case".) This will cost you more than taking it to the dealer immediately upon having a problem. It may be a very simple adjustment to correct the problem.

Do not telephone the dealer, regional service office, or the factory to attempt for them to diagnose a problem or request the repair procedure. It is difficult for them to diagnose a problem over the telephone. A doctor can't and won't diagnose your illness by telephone; he must examine you personally, just as a mechanic must examine your power package.

Your authorized dealer is there to service your power package. He has qualified factory-trained mechanics. And if you think he doesn't, find one that has the right people. Building a relationship with a different dealer is hard, but worth the effort. And just maybe, you'll think about that "before" you buy that next new boat.

It is recommended you have the dealer do periodic maintenance checks on your power package. Have him winterize it in the fall and / or service it before the boating season. This will reduce the possibility of any problems occurring during your boating season when you want trouble-free boating pleasure.

Service Literature (there is a difference.)

OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MANUAL: Contains helpful data on care of your product, including specifications, operating instructions and preventive maintenance. One is shipped with each new product.

SERVICE MANUAL: Published primarily to serve as a guide for dealer service personnel,  but available, for purchase, by customers upon request. These manuals contain complete service and repair information. They average from $50 to $150 dollars, but are well worth the investment. Or, better yet have the salesman toss one in, to close the deal.

TIP: Leave the manual in the boat, and make it visible, when you have the boat   serviced. It can reduce the time the technician would spend testing and repairing your boat.
  (The mechanic doesn't have to run your serial #, to locate the correct manual edition, and in some cases, it might even encourage the mechanic to use it.)

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