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Repowering Your Boat? Here Are Five Helpful Tips!
 
Whether you have an older boat you wish to keep, or if you bought a "fixer-upper" you'd like to revive, replacing your marine engine and getting back on the water can be easy if you know what to look for. Accessibility is a huge concern, it can add unwanted costs to your repower aspirations. A good portion of boat repower projects are simply related to the prospect of reselling, as a good engine will make your boat more appealing to potential buyers. Whatever your reason, these tips will help you focus on getting the most out of repowering your boat.
 
1) Boats are not commonly viewed as sound financial investments. If you aren't an avid boater, it may not be a very good 'investment' at all. Boat owners are often stunned to learn how much they cost to operate and maintain. Currently the used boat market is overrun with more boats than buyers, and every small issue is magnified to the new buyer. An older boat with engine issues may be almost impossible to sell. Usually, marine engines represent more than 50% of the boats value. So knowing the price range for the boat, with the engine in excellent condition, is valuable before repowering.
 
2) When considering your repower budget, keep in mind costs beyond the engine, and its installation. If your engine is older, the parts are older, as well. When working with mature inboard engines, replacement of old components should be considered...while you have the engine out and accessible. Wiring, fuel tanks, cutlass bearings, shafts, mounts or transmissions, these can be costly as they pile up. You'll want to match the new engine's horsepower to the shafts and props, and you could certainly consider a little engine makeover: new paint, new lights, and new sound-proofing can make all the difference. Slightly increasing your budget can make sure the bellows are watertight, adding budget for outboard brackets, transom repairs/adjustments, and controls can help you in the long run. Of course, it may not be necessary to replace any or all of these things, but keeping accurate costs in mind BEFORE you buy, planning for all contingencies, will help you keep costs under control.
 
3) Engine access problems can add up to big money. Would you be surprised to learn some engines are installed before the deck is in place? While an inspection hatch is common on all watercraft, without cutting out a bulkhead or deck, removing the engine can be a monumental task. For wooden boats, you must factor in the carpentry costs, and with fiberglass, it will be even more expensive to make the boat look new. No crane access? Staging a rail system to hoist the engine may be your only option.
 
4) When it comes down to it, some are hesitant spending a great deal of their hard-earned cash on a new engine, often opting for the more economical product. Purchasing a used or rebuilt marine engine can lead to headaches, a brand new engine with a ten year old gasket is an accident waiting to happen. New or remanufactured engines can provide peace of mind for a buyer because of their warranties and testing, increasing the value of the engine, and covering any mishaps that may occur. And with the majority of a boats value in the engine, a new or reman engine is more attractive to a potential buyer.
 
5) Installing the engine yourself may seem like a time saving gesture, but ultimately you may have to get the engine inspected by an authorized dealer to activate the warranty. Often, these authorized installers can submit the warranty paperwork on your behalf. While the cost of installing a new or used engine is relatively the same, used or rebuilt engines rarely have proof or hours, condition, or warranty information.
 
For improving fuel efficiency, safety and longevity, the installation of a new or remanufactured marine engine will help you enjoy your boat for years to come. If your goal is a quick sale, following these tips can help you attract more potential buyers. Either way, repowering your marine engine can be a worthwhile and valuable experience if you're informed and educated in the process. Repower your boat today with Eagle Engine Sales, Inc, and fall in love with your boat all over again. Call 1-800-811-9328 today, we look forward to speaking with you!
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Volvo Penta Unveils Three New Sterndrive Gas Engines
 
Written by Chris Landry
 
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Volvo Penta of the Americas today gave a dozen journalists a sneak peek at its new sterndrive gasoline engines — two V8 5.3-liter engines in 300- and 350-hp models and a V6 4.3-liter engine with 280 horses. These powerplants use General Motors Generation V engines with increased technology.
 
“Not only are we bringing new technology to the market, we are allowing the downsizing of power in boats,” Marcia Kull, vice president of North American marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas, told a roomful of media and Volvo Penta marketing, sales and engineering representatives at the Volvo Penta test center in Chesapeake.
 
The V8-350 is 119 pounds lighter than its predecessor, according to Tony Kelleher, director of marine leisure sales for Volvo Penta, who outlined the improvements in the Gen V engines. Their benefits include switching from cast-iron blocks to lightweight aluminum, from multi-port fuel injection to direct fuel injection and from fixed-cam to variable-valve timing.
Journalists will get a chance today to test the engines in five boats, including a Formula with the V8-350, a Cobalt with a V8-300, a Stingray with a V6-240 (a Gen V engine that was introduced earlier this year) and the V6-280 pushing a Cobalt. The engine-maker also had a Regal 2100 Surf Boat equipped with its forward drive technology (powered by a V8-300).
 
About a dozen journalists, including two from Brazil and one from Canada, were in Chesapeake, Va., for the introduction of new gasoline sterndrives from Volvo Penta. Despite the gasoline sterndrive’s waning sales numbers, Volvo Penta and Mercury Marine have stepped up their post-recession development of improved modern inboard/outboard power packages. Competition between Mercury and Volvo Penta is heating up — and Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, brought up that very issue in his opening presentation.
 
“Competition is a great thing — it’s what drives us here at Volvo Penta,” Huibers said. “We are a technology and innovation company — and innovation is our passion.” Mercury Marine last month debuted its second in-house-built sterndrive — the MerCruiser 6.2L V8, offered in 300- and 350-hp configurations.
 
Mercury rolled out its first in-house-built engine about a year ago — the 4.5L 250-hp MerCruiser. Mercury formerly used General Motors blocks to build its marine gasoline engines. Volvo Penta has stuck with General Motors, introducing the first of a fleet of sterndrives with the fifth generation of GM motors. The first engines — 200- and 240-hp V6s with a 4.3-liter displacement — were introduced at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show and they hit the market earlier this year.
 
Since 2011, sterndrive boat sales in the United States have dropped by 5,000 units (from 17,500 to 13,000 units), according to Jack Ellis, managing director at Info-Link Technologies. The numbers indicate that “outboard power is king these days,” he says. But the weak state of the market has not stopped the research, development and introduction of new inboard/outboards.
 
Volvo Penta will debut the three new sterndrives at the Sept. 15-17 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Ky. The Swedish engine maker, which operates from a U.S. headquarters in Chesapeake, plans to have a full family of the next-generation gasoline engines by next year.
 
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Are you still having cruise control problems with your Ford?
 
The NHTSA is still urging owners of affected Ford vehicles to respond to recall notices, saying that several million cars, trucks and SUVs are still a fire risk.
 
The initial recall occurred September 7, 2005, when the Ford Motor Company announced a massive safety recall on 1994-2002 vehicles to correct a problem that could cause the cruise control deactivation switch to overheat and create an underhood fire. These fires started when owners parked in their garages, sometimes spreading  to their homes. The root of the problem? A leaking pressure switch mounted on the break master cylinder, this pressure sensitive switch deactivates the cruise control after the brakes have been applied.
 
Their investigations found that brake fluid could leak through the cruise deactivation switch into the cruise system's electrical components and cause corrosion. Corrosion can cause a short and keep the cruise control from working, but in some cases it can lead to a higher flow of current that can overheat and cause a fire at the switch. Expanding the recall, Ford started inspecting the afflicted vehicles to confirm the leaking pressure switch.
 
If not leaking, a fused harness was employed, preventing a fire if the switch began leaking in the future. So dealerships could either replace the switch or install the harness, often opting for both. With the repair, the updated cruise switch proved effective, preventing leakage and ensuring proper safety.

To repair certain trucks, Ford will install a jumper harness between the cruise control deactivation switch and the cruise mechanism. The harness will act as a circuit breaker and will turn off the current at the switch if the switch becomes shorted.

Ford is still asking customers to take their vehicles to dealerships to have the cruise control deactivated until the repair takes place.
Then in August of 2006,  Ford added 1.2 million more vehicles to the cruise control recall.
 
Even with the updated announcement, several million vehicles still haven't reported in for the free repairs, despite notification. Consequentially, stories of the cars catching fire still turn up on the news, fires causing damage to vehicles and property alike.
 
An inexpensive repair kit is available to the general public, so car owners can either bring it to a dealership or repair it themselves. We believe there are plenty of reasons to take a vehicle into the dealership, even if it's inconvenient. Type "Motorcraft SW-6350 Speed Sensor Switch Repair Kit" into Ebay or Amazon, and the kit can arrive at your door. For the novice, this installation is not recommended, but if you know what you're doing, then this fix is better than none.
 
In 2009 another 4.5 million vehicles were added to the Cruise Control Recall List. To check if your vehicle is involved in the recall, you can click on the following link to check for any open Ford recalls. Reaching out to friends and family by word of mouth or social media will help get the millions of unsafe vehicles repaired, preventing further damage.
 
Here is an updated list of vehicles effected by the Ford recall:
Trucks
1997-2002 Expedition
1998-2002 Navigator
2002-2003 Blackwood
1993-1996 Bronco
2000-2003 Excursion (built prior to 11/4/02)
1992-2003 Econoline E-150/250/350
1996-2003 Econoline E450
2002-2003 Econoline E550
1998-2002 Ranger
1998-2001 Explorer/Mountaineer
2001-2002 Explorer Sport (2 door) & Sport Trac
2003-2004 F-150 Lightning
1993-2003 F-Series (Under 8500 lb. GVW)
1993-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) – all plants except Cuautitlan
1994-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) – Cuautitlan built only prior to 1/7/03
1995-2002 F-53 Motorhome
Cars
1992-1998 Town Car
1992-1998 Crown Victoria
1992-1998 Grand Marquis
1993-1998 Mark VIII
1993-1995 Taurus SHO (automatic transmission)
1994 Capri
*equipped with speed control. Diesel engine equipped vehicles are excluded from recall

At Eagle Engine Sales, Inc, customer safety is always first and foremost. Keeping up to date with recalls effecting the automotive industry, and passing that information along to our customers is a responsibility we don't take lightly.

Whether its Takata recalling their air bags, or Ford recalling their cruise control switches, the focus of Eagle Engine Sales is clear: we take the safety of our valued customers seriously. If these articles can help even one person prevent a catastrophe, we deem it time well spent, and will continue to provide up-to-date industry information and safety recalls as they appear.
 
Over land, or by sea, let Eagle Engine Sales move you in the right direction! Call 1-800-811-9328 today, we look forward to speaking with you!
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Four Causes of Cracked Engine Blocks

By: Powertrain Pro

Engine blocks are designed to handle the rigors of ordinary driving and then some. However, while rare, failure does occur. Cracks in engine blocks usually require replacement (either with a crate engine, a rebuilt engine, salvage engine or remanufactured engine). Repairs can be done in some instances, but it’s not always possible. What causes engine blocks to crack, though?

Here are four culprits:

While there are many underlying causes of cracked engine blocks, they almost all involve excess heat. Engine coolant is what’s supposed to keep the overall engine within operating temperature, but extreme overheating changes things. In these instances, the coolant isn’t enough to keep all of the block cool (because it can only cool the immediate area through which it runs). The overheated portions expand while the cooler areas don’t. The result is stress on the block and then an engine-killing crack. So, what causes overheating?

Low coolant is the primary cause of overheating. If your customer runs their engine with the low coolant light on, they should expect to suffer some very serious problems. Whether the situation was caused by failure to maintain their coolant properly or their radiator failed, the situation can be very serious if not caught in time, especially in used car engines for sale.

Water pump failure is another thing that can cause a cracked block. Even if the coolant level is fine, without a functional water pump, the coolant can’t flow through the system and cool as it is designed to do. This can lead to severe overheating and a cracked block.
Casting failure is the third cause of engine block cracks. While rare, it does happen. During the injection molding process, a shift in the mold’s sand can cause the block’s metal to be thinner than necessary in certain areas. Over time and with the application of heat (expansion and contraction), these thin areas can crack.

Overheating due to overpowering is another cause of cracked engine blocks. Adding a supercharger or turbocharger to an engine not designed for one can create a situation in which the engine has more power (and generates more heat) than it can handle. This creates extra flexing and expansion in the block (because the coolant can’t handle the amount of heat generated by the added power), resulting in a cracked block.

In most instances, replacing an engine with a cracked engine block is the best solution, particularly if your customer is interested in a salvage engine or a rebuilt engine (both of which are more economical than crate or remanufactured engines).

If you have a cracked engine block, call Eagle Engine Sales at 1-800-811-9328, we look forward to talking with you!
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