Check Engine Alarm

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by unlvrebel, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. unlvrebel

    unlvrebel New Member

    341
    Mar 24, 2008
    Clearwater, FL
    2005 220 Sundeck
    2002 Dodge Durango 5.9L
    5.0 Merc
    Just a quick update-

    After reading through my SmartCraft and Mercury manuals, I found a partial answer to my issue. The SmartCraft manaual did not apply to my boat. I have an audible alarm, but not the one that gives specific guidance. The audible alarm has three possible answers - one, a continuous burst that says you have oil or colling problems; second, a constant beeping that says your drive lube is low; and third, two bursts every minute that says you have a sensor failure.

    Mine would be number three. Unfortunately I do not have the elusive code reader. Priced them out at $1,200 for the basic model. I also do not have a shop manual so I can identify and test the individual sensors. Besides ordering through Mercury, does anyone have any suggestions for a good location to buy a shop manual?

    Thanks for the feedback!

    John
     
  2. billandamy

    billandamy New Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    Southwest CT
    2008 205 sport. MonsterTower wakeboard tower.
    5.0 mpi (260 hp) alpha one drive with 19p ss prop.
    Bring it to the dealer :grin:
     
  3. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    I think it's good to take it in this time and then get yourself geared up. Also, in the area it sounds like you're boating you will want to learn the safe paths so this doesn't happen. That will get tough on your outdrive.

    Best of luck and keep us posted
     
  4. papogator24

    papogator24 New Member

    639
    Feb 20, 2007
    Miami, Fl
    2007 240DA - Stolen
    5.0L Bravo III
    3Kw Westerbeke
    5.0L Bravo III
    1200 bucks for a sensor failure?? Most likely its your water pressure sensor...easy fix. I ordered my shop manual from mercury. 70 bucks
     
  5. unlvrebel

    unlvrebel New Member

    341
    Mar 24, 2008
    Clearwater, FL
    2005 220 Sundeck
    2002 Dodge Durango 5.9L
    5.0 Merc
    Hey Prop,

    That was $1,200 for the sensor READER. Similar to the OBD 1 and 2 readers for autos. However, as Dave (I think?) has said, Navman products hook right in to the SmartCraft technology and give trouble readouts.

    He has mentioned that the Navman equipment will identify faults in plain English, but the faults he noted were faults that the standard SmartCraft equipment will tell. What I would really like to know is will the Navman equipment tell me WHICH sensor failed or will the Navman equipment simply display "Sensor Fault"?

    Any help here?
     
  6. jimdavi

    jimdavi New Member

    271
    Feb 4, 2008
    Minnesota
    320 Sundancer
    5.7L 300 Hp V drives
    If you have the sc500 systems view, I believe it will display the actual fault detail as read from a reader.
     
  7. unlvrebel

    unlvrebel New Member

    341
    Mar 24, 2008
    Clearwater, FL
    2005 220 Sundeck
    2002 Dodge Durango 5.9L
    5.0 Merc
    Just an update-

    The Idle Air Control Valve went out. Anyone ever had this? The name is pretty self explanitory. I've read that it causes the engine to stall although I did not have that issue. Anyway, $91 for the part and $140 for the diagnosis and repair - most likely two bolts and a wiring connection.
     
  8. arock

    arock New Member

    17
    Feb 29, 2008
    Lexington, KY
    I ordered one from amazon.com for about $30.
     
  9. widowmaker

    widowmaker New Member

    230
    Oct 5, 2006
    midwest
    200 br
    5.0L MPI, Bravo 3
    They fail all the time. It's on top of the engine just behid the throttle body, 2 allen type screws, a gasket thats not provided and a wire w/ a clip connection. Easy to replace. The engine heat bakes them to death. Plan on a new one every few years.
     
  10. Nacho Boat

    Nacho Boat New Member

    482
    Sep 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    290 Sundancer 2006, Kohler Generator
    Northstar 6000 GPS
    Towed w/Ford F-350
    Twin 5.0L Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drives

    That doesn't sound right to me. I had two of the IAC's fail on me and both times, the boat would not idle. The engine would die everytime I take the throttle down to idle. To start it, you would have to put the engine in neutral and give it some RPM's, and then you would have to quickly slam it back into N and then back into gear, again with Rev's.

    When my IAC did fail, I got the audible Smartcraft Alarm (a couple of beeps every minute or so) along with the Check Engine indication.
     
  11. unlvrebel

    unlvrebel New Member

    341
    Mar 24, 2008
    Clearwater, FL
    2005 220 Sundeck
    2002 Dodge Durango 5.9L
    5.0 Merc
    Yep, a couple of beeps then a minute or two of silence. The IAC can fail in any form of open/closed - from completely closed to partially open to completely open. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't...
     

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