So I was just cruising along middle of the river. Felt a minor vibration, then a stronger vibration, then a metal crunching sound then a squealing. Made it to the beach and towed back to the ramp. Looks like I lost the thrust bearing, probably from contamination. The previous owner left water in the boat. (Have been cleaning up a host of issues from that). Anyways. Got a quote from a local mechanic for around $1500 to rebuild the pump and replace only what comes with the partial overhaul kit from Berkeley. Which includes the wear ring and thrust bearing and other seals and such.
Would you consider $1500 to be a fair price, factoring in the following: Boat stays out there and I don't have to tow it home to Orange County from Havasu and the fact that he could have it completed by the following weekend?
Second question, while the pump is broken down is there anything else you would recommend be service or replaced, either for performance value or routine wear? Obviously once broken down the worn items I would replace but anything else recommend for replacing? I believe I have an A impeller that seems to be working fine.
Pardon me ignorance on the issue, it's my first jet boat. Oh the boat is a 24' Team Hawaiian with a chevy 502.
Hopefully your "local mechanic" is knowledgeable about pumps. If he is, he will know upon inspecting your parts, if anything needs replacing. Lucky you didn't hurt the motor.
Yeah, I killed the ignition right when I felt the vibration and heard it, lucky I was pointed right at a beach. He seemed pretty knowledgable. He knew right what it was on the ramp. He has a shop and has been in the business for a long time. I'm just wonder on the price. Seems pretty labor intensive and the kit is about 200 bucks...