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Old 07 August 2007, 12:39   #1
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Mariner 30hp justs cuts out!

I don't feel like putting it in the water again. The engine runs very well for hours. And then all of a sudden the engine will die, as if running out of fuel. And will not restart until i leave it for a couple of minutes, and only then when I pull the choke out, give it one pull on the cord, push the choke back in give it another pull and it runs fine. Help?????? Can too much air being aloud into the fuel tank make a difference?
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Old 08 August 2007, 09:39   #2
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I don't feel like putting it in the water again. The engine runs very well for hours. And then all of a sudden the engine will die, as if running out of fuel. And will not restart until i leave it for a couple of minutes, and only then when I pull the choke out, give it one pull on the cord, push the choke back in give it another pull and it runs fine. Help?????? Can too much air being aloud into the fuel tank make a difference?
do you have enough ventilation at the tank?
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Old 08 August 2007, 16:06   #3
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Water in the Fuel

Howard,

I woud take a look in the float bowl of the carb, it could be you have some water coming through which gathers in the bottom of the float bowl and will occasioanly get sucked up into the carb causing the problem you just said, Choking will draw through fuel again which is why you are able to restart with some choke on.

I have just had this problem on a smaller engine and stripped the carb, cleaned out the fuel tank and replaced the fuel hose. All sorted now.

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Do you have a fuel filter fitted?

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What exactly is the sequence of events for it to fail? Does it only stop after running at WOT or does it just do it after time?

If the engine dies at WOT and you have to prime it (or crank it for a long time) before it starts, this could be fuel starvation and the carbs have been emptied by basically the engine being unable to suck enough fuel through the system. Could be chocked filter, dirt in carbs, dirt in fuel pump or elsewhere in the fuel system.

If it's completely random, it could be water (as Chris suggests) or dirt in the carbs. If it's an old tank and there is dirt or water in the bottom of it, this will eventually get sucked through the system to some degree and would also cause problems. is the tank clean?

Do you have an inline water seperating fuel filter (not the one on the engine)?

Some more info would help diagnose a bit better but there is always going to be a bit of testing to get to the root cause. If it's not the tank and / or fuel hose, stripping down and cleaning the carbs, pump and fuel filter may be a good idea if it's not been serviced recently. If you're not confident doing this, throw it at a service shop who will also set the float height and sync the carbs for you. This may also help restore some of your confidence in the engine.

As per my other post, renewing the tank and fuel hose need not be an expensive exercise and would at least guarantee that that's not at fault if you are in any doubt. A leaking fuel tank will let fuel out but also potentially water and dirt in, especially if it's sitting uncovered in the rain.
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