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Old 14-05-2013, 16:43   #16
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Re: Outboard Motor Help

Originally Posted by SkiprJohn View Post
What you are describing is an engine with a built in tank and no fuel shut off? If it has a fuel shut off valve just turn it closed and run the fuel out of the carb. The carb is where most the junk builds up. Very gooey mess if you've ever seen it. It does not disolve in carb cleaner. Nasty stuff.

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It does have a fuel shutoff. I'll do that if I can remember to.

I have a 5HP Nissan that gums up because I don't use it much and forget to run the fuel out of it. I just take the carb apart and clean it with carb cleaner, then put it back together. That fixes it.

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Re: Outboard Motor Help

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If you go into the carb be careful of the throttle cable. On mine the end wasn't soldered and it frayed making it hard to put back on the carb. Finally hard to replace it. Strange thing though the replacement cable from Yamaha had the end soldered imagine that and it wasn't cheap.
This cable was soldered so no problem. But thanks for the heads-up.

So anyway... problem solved, project completed and runs like new.
I learned a lot from everyone here and also from the experience.
I had to completely disassemble the carburetor and clean thoroughly.
The float was sticky, the jet was clogged and there was quite a bit of sediment and debris. The little filter screen in the tank had broken and let a bunch of crud cascade directly into the carburetor. Replaced the filter, the spark plug and changed the oil again.
Will this teach me to read owners manuals in the future? Probably not.
Any effort at re-training myself at this age is difficult at best.
Besides, most of my adventures in life come from being ignorant and ill informed.
Thanks everyone.

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Old 14-05-2013, 17:11   #18
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Re: Outboard Motor Help

I like the owner's manuals and throttle control with lots of pictures. I start the outboard on rabbit and turn it to turtle when coming up to the boat or dock. I also notice that you aren't supposed to throw babies into buckets or put your head in a plastic bags. Well, maybe that wasn't the instructions for the outboard but very graphic anyway.

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