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Old 08-16-2009, 11:38 PM
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Plastic drain plug?

When I 1st saw this i thought what a joke. Seriously, I have a friend with an '02 X7. He says his plug is brass, so was the plug in my old 89 PS190. When did MC change to a plastic/nylon plug? I've been noticing more water in the bottom of the boat than usual. My bilge went bad on me this weekend and water slowly filled the entire bottom of the boat. I put the boat on the trailer, drained the water, took the engine cover off, floor out, put plug back in and ran the boat down the lake. Sure enough, water is coming in the drain plug. The faster you drive, the faster water comes in. The female fitting in the hull is also plastic. I'm thinking the threads could possibly be damaged or not sealing 100%? Any ideas?
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:42 PM
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They went plastic in '08 iirc.. My 08 and 09 have had no issues. But I'd prefer the brass set up. You can replace the whole setup with a brass one if you are ambitious enough. Make sure the rubber O ring is in place on the plastic plug. If you messed up/ crossed threaded the plastic, I'd definitely replace with the brass.
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:45 PM
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thanks, i'll call the dealership tomorrow and see about getting a brass replacement.
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:54 PM
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thanks, i'll call the dealership tomorrow and see about getting a brass replacement.
Just realize you can't replace just the plug. You need to replace the female "receptacle" too, which is adhered with one of the 3M products. Not sure how easy it is to remove.....Lemme know how you make out. I might replace mine if it goes well. And FWIW, skidim and others sell the set up. I bought a replacement there years ago for my tristar.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:00 AM
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Just realize you can't replace just the plug. You need to replace the female "receptacle" too, which is adhered with one of the 3M products. Not sure how easy it is to remove.....Lemme know how you make out. I might replace mine if it goes well. And FWIW, skidim and others sell the set up. I bought a replacement there years ago for my tristar.
hmm, the link above with part has me thinking. that part would have fit perfectly in my 89 ps190. my '07 doesn't have the 4 bolt holes around the flange. in fact, there is no flange like that. the nylon female fitting looks like it was molded in the hull.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:01 AM
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i had a spare brass plug from my old boat saved in a toolbox but it is a larger size thread. the current nylon one is just shy of 7/8"diameter.
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I bet a near 1" drill bit to remove most of the threads in the thru hull plastic fitting and one of these would cure the leaking. I tried one of the snap plugs once in our bronze one in the boat with threads and it didn't leak any at all, so I carry it as a spare for the T handle plug or for someone else who left theirs at home or lost it.
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:41 AM
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I bet a near 1" drill bit to remove most of the threads in the thru hull plastic fitting and one of these would cure the leaking. I tried one of the snap plugs once in our bronze one in the boat with threads and it didn't leak any at all, so I carry it as a spare for the T handle plug or for someone else who left theirs at home or lost it.
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there's an idea. the only thing i would be worried about is once i drill out the female fitting, the thread wall will be smooth. aren't those plugs designed to fit inside the threads to help seal it?
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When I 1st saw this i thought what a joke. Seriously, I have a friend with an '02 X7. He says his plug is brass, so was the plug in my old 89 PS190. When did MC change to a plastic/nylon plug? I've been noticing more water in the bottom of the boat than usual. My bilge went bad on me this weekend and water slowly filled the entire bottom of the boat. I put the boat on the trailer, drained the water, took the engine cover off, floor out, put plug back in and ran the boat down the lake. Sure enough, water is coming in the drain plug. The faster you drive, the faster water comes in. The female fitting in the hull is also plastic. I'm thinking the threads could possibly be damaged or not sealing 100%? Any ideas?
Check the O-Ring on the male side of the plug to insure it is fitting properly.
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