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Old 18 July 2013, 07:52   #11
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As I was off work today, decided to do the 60mile round trip to the dealer. Of course Sod's law, straight in the tank and started and ran. Slight adjustment to the tick over screw possibly for my benefit . If this was all due to 3.5 months of standing since service, I would be interested to know what others do as far as start up and run routines if the boats not in regular use. Two strokes I have had on hard boats on moorings come to think of it I have usually ended up running every couple of weeks. People must have auxiliaries etc that get limited use? Thanks for the help
My Yam 15hp just gets a wash down, run on the muffs and left to run dry of fuel & shoved in the shed!
Did this last August as usual & started up just fine earlier this month as ever.
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Old 18 July 2013, 13:59   #12
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My Yam 15hp just gets a wash down, run on the muffs and left to run dry of fuel & shoved in the shed!
Did this last August as usual & started up just fine earlier this month as ever.
Same here...
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Old 18 July 2013, 14:41   #13
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My Yam 15hp just gets a wash down, run on the muffs and left to run dry of fuel & shoved in the shed!
Did this last August as usual & started up just fine earlier this month as ever.
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but it does help if you know a good marine mechanic ...well a half decent one at least
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Old 18 July 2013, 14:58   #14
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2004 Mercury 15 2 stroke. Flush wash & let it run out of fuel, always done it with all my engines & never had an issue! I always like a fresh fuel mix though
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Old 18 July 2013, 17:26   #15
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I was wondering if people add stabilisers to fuel
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Or power guard type sprays to carbs?
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Old 18 July 2013, 17:30   #17
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As above, always flushed, run dry on fuel and come winter lay up additionally plugs out, squirt of oil in the cylinders, a few cranks and its goodnight Vienna...

No point in stabilising fuel, run it dry and bung the unused fuel in the lawn mower or car.
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Old 20 July 2013, 09:45   #18
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By chance just started my 2001 Mariner 15 2-stroke an hour ago after exactly a year laid up. Fuel 2ys old, primed tank bulb, idle to fast and 3 pulls of the prime lever. Just one light pull and it started.

Of course I'm logged in here because I noticed something else weird I'll post about later.
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It seems to me that if there are problems they are often put down to gummed up carbs, jets varnishing etc, but some don't seem to have those same problems without taking any preventative measures. Same engines similar years. is it bit like going to your Doctor and being told there is a lot of it about?
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Old 26 July 2013, 12:12   #20
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It's been a week since I last started the mariner and its stood on its trolley. Conscious of its recent starting problem and the reason being given, I put it in my water bin and connected the fuel, primed the bulb,opened air vent, three pulls on idle knob, turned to fast idle and it started fourth pull. Every time I attempted to reduce fast idle it wanted to die. Put it in gear seemed to run smoothly, but even after forty five minutes it still was not wanting to idle for long without me putting in gear or fast idle rotation. Last week idle was fast with the screw having been adjusted but today whimpering Slow idle and shaky. Stopped engine for two minutes restarted after several pulls, seemed to want to just cut out but breathlessly continued in neutral.
Have I been spoilt by my previous outboards or does this sound OK?
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