Originally Posted by fishermanajcktb
So from start to finish, I put into wheely bin with water in, connected the hose up and squeezed the bulb until firm, then put in neutral and pulled out choke, pulled it and it started up for 2 seconds then died. Squeezed again and carried on pulling and it hasn't started since.
I use one of those engines - lovely wee motor.
Not starting: From your description, you had too much choke. I've been caught too. If the ambient temps are 15C or thereabouts, at the VERY most use 1/2 choke for a "cold" start and none thereafter. Kill the choke as soon as it starts. Mine usually fires on the first pull - often after the winter!
Telltale: You absolutely should have a decent stream ALL the time, from startpup. Test again, ensure that the water in the barrel is at the same height on the leg that it would be if on a boat - well up. Use a bit of fine stimmer line to poke up the telltail - chances are it is clogged with grit and salt. Be aware that there are two places on this motor where "spent" cooling water is emitted - from the telltale on the starboard side of the motor (under the lower tray) and from directly astern, from an opening at the very top of the leg. The telltale should be a strong solid jet, the other a less discreet messy splashing (it gets warm after running a while).