I’ve got and 05 Yamaha 50 TLR. Had the boat out three weeks ago after getting the motor installed an…

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Mike Young asks: I’ve got and 05 Yamaha 50 TLR. Had the boat out three weeks ago after getting the motor installed and it ran great, pee’d great, no issues. It’s sat while I finished rigging, finally finished last night. Got the boat out this morning and was going to take it out today. Tried to start it and it wouldn’t crank. Took cowling off and set the choke to fully open and it took a couple more tries but it started. Set the choke back to normal and it ran fine…but it wasn’t peeing. Took the cowling back off, pulled the thermostat and it was shot. No biggie, pulled it and ran water through and it came out the pee hole no problem. Started the motor again and no water out thermostat opening or pee hole. For shits and giggles I pulled the water filter screen and found something I’ve never seen before. It looks like impeller pieces in the water pick up. Has anyone ever seen this? Going to drop the lower unit and see what kinda mess I have but figured I’d ask since I haven’t seen this before. Oh and allegedly my buddy who owns a marine shop did a lower unit service with new pump and impeller…I’m gonna drop the lower unit and find out but I’ll deal with him later lol.


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