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Charles, Marine Mechanic
Category: Boat
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Experience:  US Navy (Ret) Certified Mercury Marine Tech with over a decade of repair experience.
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I have a F250 the engine that was making a sound I never

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I have a F250 the engine that was making a sound I never heard before ( hi pitch while running ) the engine shut on me as I throttled down to go under bridge. When i re started the engine makes a clacking noise. At no point did the engine over heat nor water stop spitting. The motor makes the noise on idle and engaged. I call sea tow and its on my trailer. Any clues
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** will assist you.

Is your engine a SHO?

Can you remove the spark plugs and look at the tops of them?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is not the SHO
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Ok, can you still remove the plugs and look at the tips of them?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
standby
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Ok,

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
pouring rain here. cant get to
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

No worries, there are no time limits here. I would like to see a pic of the plugs when you get them out if you can post it here.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
okay thank you working on them
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Sounds good. Stay safe and dry

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

What cylinder did the third one from the left come from?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Top Port side
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Ok, #2, Can you check the engine oil and make sure that there is not any metal or water in it?

I am also going to need a compression test to find out how good the block itself is.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay will check oil however compression is out of my pay scale
standby on oil
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Compression is rather simple, You can rent a gauge from a chain auto parts store, pull the kill switch on the engine, to stop the spark, install the gauge, Open the throttle using the Neutral only button, then crank the engine over until the gauge obtains a max reading. Record the reading. Repeat for the other 5.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Oil is clean amber.
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Thats a good sign

Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

What did you think on the compression procedure?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay about the compression Can it be done tomorrow or the following? not prepared to do it now
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Yes, there are really no time limits here. Reply back when you are ready. I will get it and reply back to you when I am online.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks Charles get back to you later this week.
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Sounds good. Talk to you then.