Anybody good with outboard motors? I just got a used 1997 25 hp Merc which appears to be in very good shape. Starts at first pull. I haven't put it in the water yet but I put muffs when I test it. I don't run it for very long (about 1-2 minutes) because I notice that water does not come out of the water exit. It sort of spits a bit at first but then stops. I don't know if I should run it longer since maybe the tsat has not opened yet. or put the water intake in s tub of water instead of using muffs. I dropped the lower unit tonight and opened up the pump housing to check the impeller. Everything looked good. Also removed tsat and dropped it in boiling water and it opened. Blew compressed air thru water tube and felt it exit the tsat housing. Cleaned up lower unit and will reassemble tomorrow. Didn't see anything unusual. Maybe am not waiting long enough for the engine to warm up but I believe there is a bypass on the tsat that should let water out right away. It looks like its never been opened before. I greased the driveshaft and the impeller a bit but there really was nothing that looked unusual. Ran water into stat housing and it found its way to the bottom. Took me a couple of tries before i could line up the shaft while reinstalling it. reinstalled the tsat. Hooked up fuel line, cranked and started. This time I opened the faucet all the way to get more pressure into the muffs. Water was spitting out the telltale but after about minute it had full flow. I noticed the stat cycled flow as when the water cools down a bit it would slow down and then increase flow again. So it looks like its working fine now. Now my next question is why is oil dripping out of the prop/exhaust area?