I've recently acquired a new Tohatsu 6hp long shaft OB to use as an auxiliary but am having a few issues. I just can't get the thing to start off of the internal tank. It will start off of the external connection and can then switch over to the internal and it will keep running. similarly if I start on the remote tank and switch off, it will re-start on the internal, for a good while afterwards. I keep the remote tank out of the way in a console so would like to be able to start on the internal in case of a poo/air mover incident then sort the remote as needed but am lost as to the cause.
To clarify my starting procedure:-
- Move fuel tank selector from store/external to internal.
- Slightly pull out choke.
- Keep pulling cord until face is blue and frustration takes over.
If I connect the remote and prime it, it starts first pull and runs well, for what little time it has been used.
Before I go back to the dealer, is there anything I can do to fix the issue or check for problems. To rule out the most likely cause (operator error), am I missing anything? I can't find a primer on board the engine but it feels like fuel is not getting from the tank to the carb.