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Thread: Solid Beep when 2001 Mercury 40 HP ELPTO Outboard is started or running

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    Default Solid Beep when 2001 Mercury 40 HP ELPTO Outboard is started or running

    Okay. I'm back again and hating it...

    Went over yesterday to Crappie fish and scout for Teal. The 2001 Mercury ELPTO 40 HP fired up finally after I realized the kill switch was on. And, as usual, it smoked a little and I took off to scout first.

    However, at first stop I heard the solid beep emanating from under the motor cowl and looked in the oil tank (unscrewed the cap) and couldn't see oil. As I carry some on board, I went ahead and filled it to the top BUT I am not sure if this was the first time that I used the 2-cycle synthetic oil or not - had been using the Walmart brand..

    In any case, and this is where it gets foggy for me, either the sensor continued to beep or went off again fairly quickly BUT came back on shortly thereafter.

    I Googled it just to make sure what a solid beep was, as compared to intermittent beeps, and confirmed it was oil related. Now I wasn't sure what was going on and called friends but no one has experience with motors that mix themselves, and, I didn't think about whether there are issues with mixing regular 2-cycle with synthetic...

    Thinking it was maybe a sensor issue, a piece of junk in oil reservoir, or the like, I would run it a short distance but not too far as the beep would come on and didn't want to harm engine. Kept checking the water coming out for temperature but it never got above warm.

    This went on every time I wanted to use motor for the most part. Someone suggested to open the oil reservoir tank cap and I noticed that when I accelerated the motor, oil would squirt out. Not sure what that means...

    Didn't think about it till this afternoon but the times I restarted the motor to go a short distance, with or without the beep, I can't recall it smoking at all AND that happened quite a bit in past.

    HOWEVER, before I got back to the Ramp I could smell what I normally would smell AND I had vapors behind the motor BUT it had gotten slightly foggy last night by the time I made it back...the trolling motor up front went out 10 days ago but I was using a transom mount now - and that could have been the heavy moisture in the air...

    At one point I was going to put oil in the gas tank too but decided not to.

    A friend today suggested the motor was gravity feed on oil but not sure. He mentioned it might also be getting pressure from motor to "push" the oil into a mix but neither of us are knowledgable....

    So here I am, the Eve before Teal season opens here in Illinois and Crappie are on fire, and my boat motor is doing this.

    BY THE WAY, this is a different boat than the post I made about a Steering cable. It's a Lowe Olympic 1656 that I use for hunting AND fishing.

    So, first the starter went out.

    Then the new MK Powerdrive V2 quits.

    And now this.

    Thoughts?

    Prayers?

    Laughter?

    Suicide Hotline number???

    (Just kidding about last one).

    Thank you in advance.

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    If it's a solid beep I'm thinking it is running hot. Next time it goes off kill 5he engine... pop the hood and put your hand on the flywheel. If you can leave it on there im wrong.

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    Different matter but what's the PD doing or not doing?

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    Let me add two things that a friend just suggested.

    One, maybe the motor sensor doesn't like synthetic AND USING SYNTHETIC probably reduced any smoking while running the 2-cycle motor like I had in the past.

    Second, and something I wondered last night and that is MAYBE we disturbed the wires when putting the new Starter in two weeks ago. That's a thought BUT I have used the boat and motor since then?

    Just adding fuel to the forthcoming discussion...

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    We were using it 10 days ago and chasing after a noodle a fish had drug into near shore and I slightly hit mud, resulting in the motor stopping forward progress. Afterwards, the motor would not turn the prop BUT you would hear the click when you hit the remote ON button and two clicks when you hit it again to turn off.

    However, the remote would turn the unit right or left still. And the foot-peddle did basically the same thing.

    Battery was and is fully charged and the MK shows it when you check.

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    Is it peeing?
    Does the stream increase with throttle?
    Is the stream warm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchNgrease View Post
    If it's a solid beep I'm thinking it is running hot. Next time it goes off kill 5he engine... pop the hood and put your hand on the flywheel. If you can leave it on there im wrong.

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    Darn never thought of checking that. I wondered about it running hot but only checked water coming out pee hole. HOWEVER, I felt the pee hole water wasn't shooting out as well IMHO, so I took a wire to stick it as far as I could to check for obstructions.

    I did read somewhere about replacing a waterpump part and have the wheel. But have never tried to do something like that.
    Last edited by "G"; 09-10-2021 at 06:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchNgrease View Post
    Is it peeing?
    Does the stream increase with throttle?
    Is the stream warm?

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    Yes, it's peeing AND I believe it increases with acceleration.

    It was cool when I first checked it but was Luke warm later. Please understand that the farthest I traveled was maybe 1/3 mile, maybe half. The rest were short hops. I never thought to check flywheel though...

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    Here is what I would do. I would drain the oil resovior. Fill the gas tank with fuel and appropriate 2stroke oil. Run it on the muffs at the house till the alarm goes off again. When it does I would disconnect the brown(temp) wire using the bullet connection. If beeping stops it is overheating. Shut the engine off, hook the brown wire back up and don't go any further. If the beeping continues it was the oil warning. Please understand that I am not a mechanic and I'll probably get flamed for telling you this. Two main things. Remember to hook the brown wire back up and remember that your gas already has oil.

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    I have a 2000 40hp mariner. Mine has a wire running to the bottom of the oil reservoir that can be unplugged to see if that stops the beeping (I do not remember exact location or color of wire). If that stops the beeping and it is like mine there is a float inside the reservoir with a magnet that is supposed to be attached to the bottom of it. The magnet on mine had came disconnected from the float and was staying stuck to the bottom of the reservoir which sets the alarm off. Mine would start the beeping as soon as the key was turned on so I'm not sure this is your problem but just something to maybe check out. And as stated already always hook any wires back up that you disconnect, you don't want to create any more problems!

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