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Re: outboard troubleshooting




I think I would take a close look at the dead man switch.  It might 
be stuck in the "kill" position.

On 23 Jul 2001, at 16:59, Hal Mueller wrote:

> So off we went to the marina Saturday to check our crab pots.  Crank
> the motor (a Honda 8 HP, 3 years old) again and again--no joy,
> although it had run fine on Friday.  Finally gave up in frustration,
> back again on Sunday to try some more.  At present the motor is
> sitting in the back yard, the boat is sitting at the marina, and the
> thermometer is sitting at about 75 degrees without a cloud in the sky.
> 
> So far I've tried:
> --new plugs (one of the old ones was somewhat corroded and quite
> dirty, the other one was slightly dirty; they had about 1 year of use
> on them) --new fuel filter --gas is about 6 weeks old --squirted
> starter fluid into the carb.  After I did this the motor started and
> ran fine.  Then I shut it off with the "dead man" switch and attempted
> to restart--wouldn't start.
> 
> Gas reaches the carb; however, one repairman suggested it might be the
> fuel pump (can't prove that fuel pump is actually moving fuel while
> running, could be just the stuff I pumped in by hand with the fuel
> line bulb).  This repairman then said "but we don't work on Hondas so
> I can't say for sure".
> 
> I haven't cranked the motor with the plugs out to verify a spark;
> however, since I was able to get the thing started once I think this
> means that the ignition system is ok.  Or does it?
> 
> The nearby Honda shops are quoting a 3 week delay before they'll even
> be able to look at the the thing.  Anybody have any ideas on things I
> haven't tried yet?
> 
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> Seattle, Washington    hal@xxxxxxxxxx
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