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    Lost bolt - what holds this on?

    I lost a bolt that I think is under the engine. I want to take this big plastic piece off to get better access.


    What the heck is holding it on. I took out the 8 bolts and expected this piece to lift up but something is holding it in the back.

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    Ok - next question, can a loose battery bolt bouce into anything and damage it? I can go get another one easy but was worried about the bolt bouncing around and causing damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuffr3 View Post
    I lost a bolt that I think is under the engine. I want to take this big plastic piece off to get better access.


    What the heck is holding it on. I took out the 8 bolts and expected this piece to lift up but something is holding it in the back.

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    You have 3 bolts under ski pole hole cover

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    Got the bolt - thanks.

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    Glad you found it ,and yes good thing. You never want FOD in your ski as it can get into the worse places.

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    Taking that cover off I will clean all the hoses good and try to get the little bit off salt off any of the parts that I can see.

    Also taking that cover off gave just the little bit of clearance I needed. I also Fluid Filmed the bolts and a few other places.

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    always make every effort to recover dropped hardware

    I've seen a few really bad results over the years

    bolt ended up under fuel tank, eventually abraded a hole in the fuel tank, which then dutifully dumped the entire contents of the tank into the hull
    bolt ended up under oil pan, holed it, all oil lost

    count on that lost hardware or tool to end up in the worst possible place at the most inconvenient of times

    to be honest, it's how Poseidon amuses himself when things are slow in the Bermuda triangle

    try to be of steadier hands and laying some shop rags around when working on "stuff" helps keep things within reach

    I use a dozen catch rags typically, I even have a special ziplock I put them in when I'm done so I don't leave on in the hull

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    That is a great idea on the shop rags to catch dropped bolts, washers, and small tools.

    I will start using rags before I start taking things apart.

    Again - great idea

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    Every ski I buy to part out I find battery bolts, and tools in the bottom of hull.

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    I can believe that you do find a lot of battery bolts and those battery nuts on the bottom is a lot of PWC's.

    I was lucky I had a few things to try to fish 1st the nut out then when I dropped the bolt...ugh. I was lucky I had a good thing to use to get that out too.

    When I took the plastic deck off that gave me just enough additional clearance to fish the bolt out.

    Now trying to put things back together and can not get the battery strap hooked. I will need a fashion a tool to help. Was told I need to put a notch in a screwdriver to put that strap back on.
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