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RPM drop

I have a 2011 Etec 90 that runs fine at 5500 rpm and then drops to 5000 RPM as if someone flipped a switch. Shop could not find anything in the computer download. Any ideas?
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Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: RPM drop

The computer on the motor - EMM - is not a know-it-all. It only records and memorizes certain items and running history. It is best to be thought of as just another tool for troubleshooting.


Your sudden loss of rpm could be a fuel delivery problem or some type of ignition or timing abnormality and which one has to be determined first to narrow down the malfunction.


Monitoring fuel pressure and using the "flight recorder" feature of the diagnostic software would be the initial troubleshooting step.


It would be best to have a dealer check over your motor for you.




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