I'm twenty miles off Boston, a week into my summer voyage from Brooklyn
and back on my 1978 Pearson
26, and I've noticed an issue with my outboard motor
, a 2002 Mercury
15 hp 2-stroke. I'm hoping some of you might be able to give me some pointers.
I've been using the motor
a lot and it's been running great, but I just noticed that the carburetor is dripping fuel
while running. Maybe one drip per three seconds. It's hard to tell, but it seems to be originating at the piece on the side of carb itself, where the blue button is that the choke presses down on when pulled out. I had a small fuel
leak before, but I thought I'd gotten rid of it when I replaced the fuel filter
and related hoses. Those all now seem to be fine. The motor still runs fine, just a little smell of gas when throttling down and it occasionally dies if idling too long.
I'm gonna be in Boston for two days and I'd like to fix this if I can. I'm hoping there are some things I can try without attempting an actual carb rebuild
. I've never done that before, I'll be working at the docks and I don't have a ton of time, so any troubleshooting tips would be much appreciated.
Should I adjust the needle and/or float? Clean the carburetor? Is it likely to be causing any other imminent problems right now other than polluting/wasting fuel? Is there anything else I can tighten or adjust?
I have a repair manual for the motor, but my worst case scenario would be getting the carburetor apart and not being able to get it running well again afterwards. So I'm hoping you guys can tell me what the best thing to try first would be.
After Boston I'm heading offshore
bound for Maine
, and I really need that motor to be reliable.
Thanks a lot for the help!