Outboard trouble shooting list

Judders

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Right, I can not delay any longer, time to start my check lists for Merit. I am thinking that she should have an outboard trouble shooting list, what do forumites think should/could be included?
 

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Yes, I'll start:

Problem 1: outboard won't start/runs erratically/dies/siezes/overheats/smokes/clatters/leaks fuel/fouls plugs/smells like burning socks.

Answer 1: read the handbook. Troubleshooting section probably a good place to begin.
 
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Yes, I'll start:

Problem 1: outboard won't start/runs erratically/dies/siezes/overheats/smokes/clatters/leaks fuel/fouls plugs/smells like burning socks.

Answer 1: read the handbook. Troubleshooting section probably a good place to begin.

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darn - you beat me to it !!
 

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Open the air breather on the petrol tank.

If you dont it will provide hours of summer amusement for interested onlookers while you try to work out why your engine started 1st pull, ran perfectly for 2 mins then died and stayed dead.
 

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The problem is likely to be fuel or spark.

1. FIRST check if you have fuel (make sure it is not years old) and there is oil in the auto mix reservoir or added to the fuel. Oil is cheaper than metal.
2. make sure fuel line is connected
3. make sure the spark plug is connected.
4. open breather valve.
5. is engine primed or flooded with fuel (not water)
6. is water separator (normally bigger engines) full of water - bleed.
7. is it in gear. Most engines will not start if it is in gear
8 is the KILL SWITCH installed properly - very important.
If it still does not start RDFM /forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif
 
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