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Old 05 May 2013, 04:24   #11
Country: Ireland
Town: Castlebar
Boat name: Clewless
Make: Valiant DR 490
Length: 4m +
Engine: 60 hp ETEC
MMSI: Awaitng one
Join Date: Oct 2007
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not nice to gloat. as a fellow etec owner i am sure that some day i will have problems of my own and i hope my request for help is not replied to with "you should have bought a ***"


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Old 06 May 2013, 10:51   #12
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Town: Lima-Peru
Boat name: Nautile
Make: Sea Rider Boats
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 18 /30 HP
Join Date: Sep 2007
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Have seen various Tohatsu with choque solenoids starting issues mostly due to solenoid not maintaining paralelism with respect to plunger and plunger jamming inside solenoid when key is released.

The spring alone doesn't have sufficient back pressure to pull stucked plunger out if missaligned. Will produce unwanted flooded engine if trying to restart engine with repetitive key starts. A slight lube of plunger and related moving parts will help choke system to work trouble free.

Everybody is happy with their brand engines, constant maintenance is key, all brands have, will have tech issues, are not bullet proof.

Happy Boating

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Old 06 May 2013, 17:38   #13
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Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Aberdeenshire
Boat name: Sula
Make: Ribcraft 4.8m
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 60hp + aux
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Thanks loco. I'll lightly grease the choke plunger/actuator too.

Is that with or without VAT?
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