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Old 26 April 2018, 05:18   #1
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Help please - Evinrude E-TEC 25hp won't start

Hi All, I bought my first RIB in December and thought I got a good deal. Unfortunately when I collected it, I didnt see the engine running. It all looked good and well looked after. The seller was helpful with everything and seemed a totally genuine guy. He pressed the starter briefly to show it was not seized and gave me the paperwork from a recent service. I took him at his word. Hopefully I was not stitched up and it does not have a major problem. Maybe you can give me some tips to get her going!

So, I have the engine with the business end immersed in a plastic dustbin full of water. The tank is full of fresh petrol and the priming bulb pumped until it is firm. Putting the key in, with the kill cord in place, the engine turns easily but does not fire.

I believe the engine is the 2011 model.

Pre the start attempt, LED 4 (Lanyard/Stop OK) of the EMM diagnostics is lit and not flashing. None of the other 3 LEDs are lighting.

Any suggestions?
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Old 26 April 2018, 07:34   #2
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Not meaning to sound stupid but I assume that you have primed the engine with the rubber primer ball until it gets hard to ensure that there is petrol in the engine.

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Old 26 April 2018, 08:04   #3
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Not meaning to sound stupid but I assume that you have primed the engine with the rubber primer ball until it gets hard to ensure that there is petrol in the engine.

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Thanks, for your response, certainly not stupid in my mind. With my inexperience, I could easily not do something right that would be obvious to others. I followed the directions in the user manual including priming the engine. However, the bulb does not go completly solid, just firm. Continued squeezing of it generates little squeaks as if it is pumping air out somewhere. Should I expect that?
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Old 26 April 2018, 08:11   #4
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Also, I should mention, when I turn the key to the ON position, there is a beep and the four lights of the engine monitoring self tests turn on simutaniously and then turn off in sequence, as they should according to the manual.
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Old 26 April 2018, 08:24   #5
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Is the engine out of gear when you try to start? There should be four red light on when you first turn the key, these light go out one by one and a beep can be heard from the buzzer. At this stage I continue to turn the key to engage the starter motor. The Etec normally starts easily

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Old 26 April 2018, 08:31   #6
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I join other in thinking its a gear selector issue - if you are sure its in neutral then it could be the gear sensor switch.
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Old 26 April 2018, 08:35   #7
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Surely if it was in gear or an issue with the neutral sensor, the engine wouldn't crank over ?
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a puff of brake cleaner in the intake to see if it runs would be the first thing to try that will tell you if its an ignition or fuel problem
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Last tango, I believe some engines turn over when in gear but won't fire.
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Is the engine out of gear when you try to start? There should be four red light on when you first turn the key, these light go out one by one and a beep can be heard from the buzzer. At this stage I continue to turn the key to engage the starter motor. The Etec normally starts easily

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The red lights and buzzer are exactly how you describe.

I also checked to be sure it is in neutral. If I shift the control into fwds or reverse the engine will not turn over when I turn the key.
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