If you are a boat lover; then it is important that you ensure that your boat engine is in check. If you have a spoiled engine; then it is hard for you to take your boat out to the waters for an adventure or a Sunday afternoon fishing exhibition. Therefore, you will need to get a replacement for your engine if it is spoiled. Buying a new one is usually quite expensive; hence, you may be thinking of buying a second-hand engine. However, buying a used engine has its drawbacks, and you have to be attentive in order for you not to buy one that will not be beneficial to you. In this article, we will discuss important factors to consider when buying a used marine engine so that you do not buy a faulty one.
The first thing you will need to do is to look for a seller. You can choose to buy from someone personally or a company. You can get references from your friends and family; they might know a few sellers. Consider the experience and the expertise of a company if you choose to buy from them. After you have gotten a seller; you will need to inspect the engine yourself.
You should inspect the engine and check for corrosion. When the engine is used in salt water it will have corrosion when it is not flushed. Corrosion leads to blockage of water passages and this may make the engine not to function properly, therefore, avoid buying engines that are corroded. You may want to have a professional open and look at the engine inside, because the surface may not be corroded while the inside is.
Next you may want to inspect the oil in the lower unit. The oil need to be its natural color, which is black or it can be clear. You will need to be cautious if you notice white or cream substance. This means that the lower compartment is not well sealed and water is leaking. A leaking lower compartment means that the engine will not function correctly.
Furthermore, you will need to also check if the compression of the engine is okay. You can decide to ask for assistance if you do not know how to do it. But if you do you can inspect it yourself.
Finally, you need to make sure that you check the cylinder head. You need to make sure that the cylinder head is not discolored. A discolored cylinder head means that the engine is not strong and it would not be advisable to buy it. To conclude, the guidelines provided above will aid in ensuring that you get a good used marine engine that will serve you well.