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Omc Cobra Shop Manuals

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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OMC Cobra shop manuals are available from a few different sources. The easiest place to get a shop manual for an old Cobra sterndrive may from Bombardier, who has taken over OMC's sterndrive and outboard lines, including the Johnson and Evinrude lines. Old OMC Cobra shop manuals are also readily available through Internet auction and boating sites, for sale or for trade.

The reason that it may be hard to find OMC Cobra shop manuals is the reputation that the Cobra began to develop during its production years. Though it was met with acclaim during its initial launch in 1985 and 1986, there was some confusion around a common problem with Cobras of that era, which had a tendency to eat their gear sets. To make matters worse, OMC's initial fix of the problem was based on a misdiagnosis, and didn't solve the worn gears and disengaging clutch dogs that were characteristic of the problem.

The next year, OMC issued another fix, which cleared up the trouble for good. They invited all Cobra owners to come in and get new, stronger shift cables that can hold up under the demands of the Cobra engine. However, it seems that the Cobra is still followed by a somewhat dubious and undeserved reputation that developed during its trouble years, though current Cobra owners seem to have no problems that owners of other engines do not have.

Using OMC Cobra Shop Manuals

OMC shop manuals, like many other manuals, are based around the disassembly and replacement of engine parts. Contained within the manual are highly detailed, easy-to-read exploded-view diagrams of each engine part and system, making repairs simple and straightforward. There are also complete parts lists and parts information (such as peak voltages, etc.), which is useful for diagnosing normal wear and tear as well as ordering new or replacement parts from outboard and sterndrive parts suppliers.

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