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Indmar 350. 2008 Moomba with 150 hours......Running rough

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indmar 350. 2008 Moomba with 150 hours......Running rough and water in #6 cylinder when we take spark plug out. What is my next course of action
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Customer: No water in the oil
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Customer: Some paint peeling on cylinder 6 side of engine. Might have gotten hot but no overheat wrning.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Hello. My name is Tan.

I would start with a compression test. Blow all the water out of that cylinder before you do the compression test. If compression checks good start the engine. Let run for a few minutes at about 1200 rpms. Now shut engine off do you have water in any of the cylinders?

Diod you over heat the engine?

Is this boat used in salt water?

How many hours are on the engine?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No saltwater. 150 hours on engine. Engine has never overheated. Thinking failing exhaust manifold.
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Yes manifold or riser. But with low hours it's hard to say and especially freshwater.

A sticking valve will allow the cylinder to suck water into the engine. This is the purpose of the compression test.

Did you have a following sea when in rough water?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Will try the compression test.
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Ok if compression checks good put plugs back in and run engine for about 5 minutes at 1200 rpms. Then check for water in the cylinders. If you have water then we need to remove the manifold and riser and inspect. If no water it is possible it came in through the exhaust when you were in rough water.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It ran really badly last season..... Was losing power towards end of season on and off.... We decided to address it at spring tune up and this is what we found.
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Ok the compression test is going to tell us what happening. If you have a stuck exhaust valve it will suck water into the cylinder. The piston going down creates a vacuum.

Was the spark plug rusty?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Spark plugs actually looked ok last season when we replaced them.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That was when it was running poorly.
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Ok at this point we need to do a compression test and go from there.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok... Will do
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Keep me posted... Thank you...Tan

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