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Registered: ‎09-07-2020

2014 15 HP HO etec won’t stay running

Hi, just recently bought a boat with a 2014 Evinrude 15 HP kicker that we plan to use for trolling for salmon. It ran great the first day although it had a lot of steam coming out of it, also this is the first Evinrude I have owned so not sure how strong the stream of water is supposed to be from the cooling system. Here is a video of the water stream and steam/exhaust. Does that look normal?


The second day we had it out we started having problems, it started fine and ran about 5 minutes before dying. After that it would start up fine but would soon start sputtering and then die. If I let it sit for 10-15 minutes it would run longer before dying. I am thinking it’s either related to the cooling or a fuel pressure problem but any suggestions on what to look for would be appreciated. I have only replaced the external fuel filter since owning it and am planning on replacing the spark plugs next.

Serial 5387430
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Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: 2014 15 HP HO etec won’t stay running

Pull the motor cover and look at the LED diagnostic lights and the explanation sticker on the EMM (on board computer).


Either one of your mentioned issues could give the same symptoms but if overheating is the issue, a  diagnostic LED would be illuminated.




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