Re: serious loss of power
You might have what Jim just discovered in my first motor over the weekend.
One of my crank bearing seals was placed on the inside of the motor; thus shielding it from any lubrication whatsoever. The crank barely moved and was heading for a seize up. Jim found melted rubber in my case around one crank bearing. The motor had very little miles on it, but it was too late by the time the seal melted away. The motor was losing power daily.
Where did you get your motor?