I have E200DHLSC yr 2008. Started up in the am real fine. Ran around the lake several miles fishing several spots. Stopped at one location and raised the engine all the way up to prevent from hitting rocks. After about hour of fishing, engine would turn over but not fire. Squeezed the ball and it was solid. The fuel pump was working as I could hear it running. After several attempts, finally tapped on the fuel pump/vapor serparator and fired up. Ran back to the the ramp and it started up every time like it always does. First time this has happened. Noticed that the last several times out, it was starting a little hard but would kick in after two or three attempts. Is this telling me that my fuel pump/vapor separator is going out?
Have you had any water in the fuel, added an automotive fuel additive, or has the boat sat for months without a conditioner for the gas such as Evinrude's 2+4 ? Very often those items can cause the electric fuel pump to corrode or to get sticky.
Have your dealer check the amperage draw and the fuel pump pressure to check the system over for you.
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Thanks for your reply. I use marine stabile in the gas and evinrude fuel treatment as dealer recommended. I have it at the shop now and will have them check for those items as mentioned. My boat hardly ever sits for two weeks at the most as I am on the water about twice a week or more if my wife lets me.