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Old 02 October 2013, 13:57   #21
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I think you just answered your own question.

BTW, if the rainwater is the cause of your non-starting, I would NOT take the thing out on the water. Outboards are meant to be used in a wet environment; if it doesn't work when damp, it's not reliable enough to run with.


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Old 02 October 2013, 14:03   #22
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I don't think moisture caused it not to start. Pretty sure it was just operator error.

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SAE90 gear oil sold by marine stores everywhere.

The onboard (under the cowl) fuel filters are typically disposable plastic units which are replaced. Get a proper fuel water seperating fuel filter for the transom to supplement it though.
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I just ordered Gear oil, water pump rebuild kit, a fuel filter assembly, spark plugs and Seafoam so I should be all set!
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There is more to this isn't there. Wires, coil etc (is it electronic ignition?). I like more scientific approach. Just like any other engine. Pull the plugs and see if you got spark going when you crank it over. That will help with flooded engine as well. If not dig that way.
If yes take apart the carb, clean ejectors and insides. See if you got vapor lock in the fuel line. Tank vent cap open? Seafoam (IMHO mostly it's BS) might work but really it's akin liquid drain cleaner. Works on easy stuff but nothing beats a some plunger action and especially good old metal snake.
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I'm doing two separate things here. One, I'm doing basic service and parts replacement simply because it is new to me and has unknown service history. The starter issue is separate. I plan to pull the plugs, etc. The West Marine tank I have has no vent cap.
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The West Marine tank I have has no vent cap.

??? You can't have a sealed tank feeding a motor unless the tank is collapsible. As fuel draws out, you get a vacuum and flow stops.

I assume it's a red plastic tank? The cap should have a vent valve. If it doesn't someone swapped it out on you.


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I have this one. From the description: "These all-new designs virtually eliminate fuel evaporation and loss by containing fuel vapor within the tank instead of venting it wastefully to the atmosphere. They’re better for the environment and reduce fuel costs as all the fuel you purchase stays where it belongs—in your tank. Similar to automotive industry systems, these tanks feature a tethered, ratcheted fuel cap with a high-flow automatic vacuum valve that ensures optimal flow under all conditions."
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Reading reviews it might be source of the problem. Overpressurizing and flooding your engine. Or opposite if valve isn't working. For experiment. Unscrew the cap and see if it makes any difference
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That could be it. I never though of that. I will check.
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