Originally Posted by HighlandR
Peter, are you 100% sure that this engine should have a continuous flow of tell tail water ? I was led to believe the thermostat opened and closed when needed.
The starter motor does not turn at all, no noise, nothing. I'll hammer it and see if it turns, if not i'll check the ground wire
The tell tale is there to let you know that the impeller is pumping water. It should always be flowing water as long as the engine is running. It is very common that they plug. As in really really common to plug. You can blow it out with air, or try a piece of wire or something shoved into the hole.
Without water flowing from the tell tale doesn't mean it is going to hurt anything, it is there only to let you know the motor is properly pumping water. To me it is important to be able to look back and see my motor is pumping water. There have been a couple of times, kelp has wrapped around the lower leg and blocked water flow.
As to the starter you probably should try manually turning it a little bit to free it up and break any corrosion built up on the brushes.