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msuwaterski

Ever have this happen?

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msuwaterski

So the boat has been in the water for all of 20 minutes.  I am pulling my wife skiing and am starting to think that the boat is not responding normally when my daughter alerts me to the fact that water is coming up from the floor boards. Knowing that I triple checked that the plugs were in before dumping the boat in the water I assumed a hose broke or something to that affect.  When I lifted the hood water sprayed everywhere, so I closed the hood and killed the engine (I had left the motor running because anytime I'm told the boat is sinking I naturally point it toward shore any drive that direction while investigating the problem).  Once the bilge pump had done its job I lifted the hood and found this....

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Somehow my impeller cover and all four screws had worked itself loose to the point of falling off.  I've never seen or heard of such a thing.  I had just replaced my impeller a week ago and can assure you the screws were tight.  Upon inspecting everything was fine, no stripped screws or threading, the impeller was in good shape. Unfortunately I was only able to find 2 of the 4 screws, so I am screwed for boating today.

is this something I am going to have to worry about every time I go out boating now?

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MadMan

I'm going to go check mine right now.

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Rednucleus

maybe a little locktite so you can sleep at night?! 

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tvano

just don't over-tighten.

those brass fasteners are spec'ed in inch-lbs not ft-lbs

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Steve B.

I'm sure that is extremely rare. Put 'er back together, keep an eye on it and move on :)

Steve B.

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dlb

I am with oldjeep's explaination.  Put the cover back on and check it a few times when you go out next.

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teamerickson

Direct drivers should never have impeller problems. :Tease3:

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pauley71

Oh man.  I hope our conversation a couple of days ago didn't jinx you! haha

Not sure how or why, but agree you should put a new one on and just keep an eye on it.  Did you do the impeller or did the dealer?  My guess is someone hand tightened it and forgot to torque it down.  

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Tacostik

Yup had it happen on my V-drive. That is not a fun fix on the water after everything is nice and hot in the engine bay. I think I under-tightened the screws after changing the impeller. I didn't want to over-tighten because they are brass.

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