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Old 20-01-2017, 13:55   #1
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Hey I'm a former IT guy, and I know RTFM but I can't seem to find a tohatsu 3.5 outboard user manual. I called my former "help desk" they laughed and told me I should have stuck to computers instead of running away on a sailboat. Yah I'm in Florida, they in Chicago
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What is RTFM ?
https://www.tohatsuoutboardparts.com...e-Manuals.html
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Old 20-01-2017, 14:59   #3
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RTFM=Read the f*#king manual
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Old 20-01-2017, 17:48   #4
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Tohatsu Outboard Motor - Owners Manuals Number one on the Google hit parade for tohatsu 3.5 users manual...

I'm just sayin...
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Well, in light of recent easily found developments, now I'm also wondering what "IT" could stand for...... Itchy Thumbs, Intersecting Tangents, Imaginary Tenet.
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Old 20-01-2017, 18:05   #7
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Yup, #1 on Google.
If you need some help downloading it let us know.
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I didn't know there were so many experts on the alleged Cruisers forum
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Hey Doug... Don't be thin skinned man. Easy to overlook the obvious and when ya do, ya gotta expect a little ribbing from your shipmates.

Remember, poking fun or not, we did post the pointers to the info you requested.

This "emoticon" exists for a reason. No offense intended. Plus I do like your signature quote...
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Capt Doug, don't let the good natured teasing bother you.
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Okay well I should have been more specific in my very first post and joking about my past employees ribbing me and what I was really looking for was something better than the owners manual what you can get in French German Swahili I don't know and because the owners manual really doesn't give you much information and I was hoping somebody would hop in and say what problem are you trying to say anyway I think I found the answer by trial and error when you get to be old and cranky you know how that goes
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No problem mon.... 2 stroke or 4 stroke? Model number? Problem?

Lots of small horse Tohatsu/Nissan/Merc (all the same) in this neck of the woods. 99% of issues (especially with the 4 strokers) are fuel related. Carbs are dead simple with no air bleeds on the 4 stroke, but jets are tiny and the least bit of crud or varnish ya got starting and idle problems. I run 2 filters on my 4hp Nissan just for that reason. Throw away inside the cowl + Attwood inline glass filter in the tank line so I can see the fuel. Good point to visually check for water. Constant problem. Locals have all gone to using a cheap water separator funnel when buying fuel. Experience has shown that (here in Marathon) no matter where you go, fuel dock or shore station selling Rec-90, a five gallon fill will yield several oz of water... Every time.

In my experience, it's all trial and error. Logical diagnosis, fix possible problem. Did it fix it? Nope, proceed to next possible cause... and so on.
Try not to change too many things at once. You can cause gremlins you didn't expect. Just a couple weeks ago, had typical problem with 4 horse. Ran ok at full choke with some throttle control but no top end and at less than full choke no run at all. FUEL! Start solving issue... Pull and clean carb... Change filters... Picked up an older nice transom mount tank I have been meaning to install, clean and dry so fill her up (with filtered gas) and put on spare (clean and dry) fuel hose and bulb. Started her up and runs like a watch... Problem solved NOT Making a long run out to a friends mooring and she runs out of gas ??? Pump up the bulb and go on. 1/2 mile later... runs out of gas. Got her home pumping the bulb all the way. Fuel pump? Nope works just fine... Filters all new so not that. WTF?

Turns out fuel pickup tube in transom mount tank was old and brittle and had cracked at the fuel outlet connection. Trying to suck air instead of fuel. Replaced with $1.00 of new tubing and presto... Couple of hours scratching my head over that one and then....

If it ain't broke, I'll fix it till it is.

Doesn't take much to foul things up.
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Capt Doug, don't let the good natured teasing bother you.
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and it was just for fun, given in the spirit of comraderie.
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