Motor has been used 3-4 times since new (Summer of 2010 being the last) and has never had the pump changed. Owner's manual says 100 hours or every 3 years. Motor is stored in heated garage. I wonder if swapping it now is overkill or not. I certainly don't want it to fail when out on the water, so my instinct is to just do it. It just seems like a waste of money if I didn't need to.
Another weird question. Motor has pull start or electric start. Owner's manual says that running the motor disconnected from a battery can damage the alternator/generator. Firstly, I didn't realize it had a battery charging unit in it. I always thought I could just use the motor pull starter if I didn't have a battery. Secondly, is there a way around battery hook up? Bolting the wires together (probably not good) etc?