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Old    Ray (project3060)      Join Date: May 2001       07-05-2003, 5:51 AM Reply   
I have a Malibu Wakesetter that started overheating at idle speed yesterday. Once it gets moving it cools off. There was a lot of debri in the water yesterday so I think something is clogged. I will clean out the water intake on the hull today, but is there some other place that can get glogged up?
Old    Wakejunky (wakejunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-05-2003, 6:42 AM Reply   
Check your impellor. If it's all chewed and missing pieces you're gonna need to retreive those peices because they can clog the water jackets and really kill your motor. But, since it cools once you're moving you're probably okay.
But, I bet the impellor is shot.

Chris
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Old    Ray (project3060)      Join Date: May 2001       07-06-2003, 8:39 AM Reply   
There was a small piece of wood in the water intake. Today the temp would vary from 180 to 160. How much temperature variation is normal? (I've never paid that much attention). I still probably need to replace the impellar since it has almost 300 hrs on it.
Old    Rob Andrus (robandrus)      Join Date: Feb 2002       07-06-2003, 10:33 PM Reply   
Ok, so we just replaced an impeller that was missing tons of pieces, and our boat is still overheating, how do you retrieve them?
Old    Levi Cress (levi)      Join Date: Feb 2001       07-06-2003, 11:07 PM Reply   
I'm no expert...but I saw someone change an impellor that blew up and they found a spot down line and removed a hose and put a garden hose in there and flushed it out back up towards the water pump/impellor. Other than that I'm not sure how you would get them out?
Old    Rod McInnis (rodmcinnis)      Join Date: Sep 2002       07-07-2003, 5:49 PM Reply   
If you think you may have sucked up debris from the lake then you should follow the water intake from the thru-hull fitting to the water pump. On the boats I have owned the INTAKE to the water pump first passed through the transmission oil cooler. The one time I sucked up debris, that is where it all got stuck.

If your thermostat is working properly then there should be very little temperature variation. You can get thermostats in a variety of different temperatures, but I would expect a setting of 180. A variation from 180 to 160 suggests to me that your thermostat is not closing all the way (which is a whole lot better than not opening all the way).

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