first mistake was letting your kids think it was a boat..and sank it !..lol. I hate to say this, but unless you tear the motor out, split it all the way down, clean it out, and put it back together while replacing bad parts now..such as bearings if need be ?, your just wasting time trying to get it to run. oh.and it helps us to know what the FULL MAKE/YEAR/MODEL IS ?!!..just telling us its a rancher does not cut it. did you not see the header that tells you '' BEFORE POSTING..PLEASE READ ! ?. and welcome to the forums.