Originally Posted by georgieboy
we launched the the little rib today as the weather was so nice, only to to find that the engine keeps cutting out. it started ok at first with some fast idle on, but every time i take the fast idle off the engine cuts out.
the engine is a 15hp tohatsu 4 stroke about 2 years old. i was surprised as it was only serviced about 5 weeks ago and i used it about 2 weeks ago.
i have checked fuel, vent, fuel filter, loose wires etc and i upped the idle (which will keep it running but alot faster than usual idle, and it sounds like its hunting a fair bit).
any further suggestions or ideas on what may be the cause or solution would be greatly appreciated.
Generally if the engine dies at low idle it is due to dirty pilot jet within the carb. You may be able to buy one of these carb cleaning sprays and whilst the engine is running try and spray it into the carb so MAYBE it will clean the jets.
Don't be surprised if even after just 5 weeks of servicing the engine you have this problem. maybe whoever who serviced your engine thought the engine "LOOKS OK!" so no need to clean the carb, or maybe you have left dirty fuel in the carb which has blocked the jets.
Another trip to your local marine engineer will sort this out! if you don't fancy DIY!