there’s some water coming out, you may be able to get back home
by running slow and watching the gauge. But, you may risk additional damage if the water flow decreases as you run. This means
the problem is worsening and the gauge will probably read higher.
If you reach the point where there’s little or no water coming out,
call TowBoatU.S. Note that with some outboards, your forward
movement may force a little water through the cooling system, but
this may not be enough to sufficiently cool the engine, even when
After any overheating situation on any engine, it is prudent to
replace the impeller, which may well have been damaged. Whenever
you have overheating in an engine with contained coolant, check to
see that you haven’t lost coolant through heat expansion. When the
engine overheated, you probably noticed the smell of antifreeze. This
coolant must be replaced and the cause investigated. To avoid getting
burned, wait until the engine
cools before opening the closed
If your engine catches a fever,
don’t despair. In most cases, the
patient needs a little examination
and some minor treatment, and
then you’ll be on your way again.
Tom Neale, who leads our
BoatU.S. Magazine Ask The
Experts team, lives aboard his
53-footer with his wife, Mel.
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