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Old 14 July 2004, 12:23   #11
Country: Ireland
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Originally Posted by Daniel TD5
i allso have a choke lever which i pull out from the control on the consul it make a hell of a diffence to starting
If you are referring to the lever that you lift up, behind the throttle it is the fast idle lever (like revving an engine in neutral), not a choke lever. Should be used to warm up the engine in neutral and the revs gradually reduced as it heats up using the lever.

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Old 14 July 2004, 12:28   #12
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That makes more sense, the guy I got the boat from said the lift up lever was the choke.

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Old 14 July 2004, 13:24   #13
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choke fast idle all the same in my book

i will say each engine is a one off and its has a knack to starting from cold
and then you master it end of problems for ever

untill you flood it

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Old 14 July 2004, 16:19   #14
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OMC engine

Hi there
The little red lever you refer to, if it is a small plastic lever on the engine then it is the manual choke should you have a flat battery or a break in the ignition system. Normal starting from cold is turn key and push in at same time to activate choke once running use fast idle lever on control box to increase RPM whilst remaining in neutral.

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