Mercury Marine Remanufacturing is adding Verado outboard components to its line of factory-remanufactured products. In operation since 1996, Merc Reman is the only OEM engine remanufacturing operation in the marine industry. It has previously offered a variety of remanufactured two-stroke outboards and gearcases (and also MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard engines and outdrives). Now remanufactured six-cylinder Verado long blocks and cylinder heads have joined the program.
The long blocks are the powerhead assembly without a wiring harness, fuel system, and other accessories. The Mercury Reman program offers boaters who need to re-power an interesting alternative to buying a brand-new motor or repairing a damaged engine. A participating Merc dealer removes the powerhead and “undresses” it – removing the fuel and electrical systems – before it is shipped to Mercury. A reman powerhead is then shipped back to the dealer in no more than two days to be re-dressed and reinstalled on the motor. You’ll pay the dealer about four hours of shop time to remove and install a powerhead.
The powerhead you get from Mercury Reman is never the powerhead you sent in as a core deposit. It’s just an exchange, for which you’ll be reimbursed, depending on its condition. The reman powerhead has a one-year warranty, and it has been remanufactured using genuine Mercury parts and factory tooling.
It’s a faster way to re-power than paying for a local rebuild, and costs about 20 percent less than buying a brand-new powerhead, which Merc also sells. If your gearcase and the rest of the motor is in good shape, installing a reman powerhead is much less expensive than buying an entire new outboard.
Merc Reman operates somewhat in the past, adding engines to its product list as demand builds, usually when a motor series becomes two years old. That demand peaks when the motor is six to seven years old. According to Lee Molinski of Merc Reman, the Verado motors, introduced in 2005, have now been on the water long enough to spur demand.
There was some question whether modern four-stroke motors like the Verado would ever wear out in numbers to support a reman program. “The Verado motors we are getting back as core powerheads have typically failed due to neglected maintenance,” said Molinski. “The customer failed to change the oil, or the water intrusion components in the cowl were clogged with salt and the engine was water-damaged. We also have seen motors that failed due to detonation from very poor fuel quality.”
Molinski says the remanufactured Verado cylinder head is a cost-effective alternative to rebuilding a head that has damaged valves due to detonation. And he adds that Mercury plans to add the four-cylinder Verado motors, and Mercury FourStroke models in the 75 to 120-hp range, to the Reman program later this spring.