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Captain
Posts: 39
Registered: ‎03-17-2014

Hard Staring

Hello, I have a 1998 Evinrude 200HP Vindicator that just have a hard time staring it takes 10 min or around 15 or 20 tries to get it started it really seems like it's not getting any spark or something it turns great just wont fire. Once it starts it starts on the first crank the rest of the day. Had it tuned changed the primer solenoid changed the vacum pressure switch i know it's an old motor but should'nt be that hard to start anything else i can check.

Thanks, Walleyewhacker

Admiral
Posts: 8,330
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Hard Staring

 

 

Those older carb motors will start up fairly quickly if the starter, battery, cables, and connections are in good shape and crank the motor over fast enough to generate a strong spark.

 

Be sure the plugs are Champion QL78YC gapped to .030" and like new and that the coils do not have any corrosion on the ground straps where they mount to the engine. The surfaces should be shiny.

 

Starting procedure:

 


The most important is a large enough capacity battery and good connections (no wing nuts) and cables with the starter is good condition. The motor has to crank over fast enough to generate enough power to activate the magneto ignition system.

If the engine is in good shape in good state of tune with properly gapped plugs, do not use the throttle when starting, it should be left at dead idle.

The built in QUICK Start feature keeps a higher idle speed until the motor warms up.
Trim the motor all the way in before starting.

Hold the fuel primer ball vertical with the arrow facing up and squeeze until it is rock hard.

Turn the key to ON and press in for 3 -5 seconds then turn to START position while still holding it in.

If the motor is in good shape it will fire off in less than 10 seconds. In cold weather you may have to "tickle" the motor by pressing the key IN momentarily if the motor starts to falter as it warms up.

Once the motor is warm, it should start every time.

To test the operation of your primer (choke) system, run the motor about 1000 rpm and press the key in and hold it. The motor should suddenly run rich and stumble. If it doesn't, then the primer is faulty or the lines are plugged up as long as it is getting voltage from the purple/white wire from the key switch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
                    -- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald 


 



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The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.

The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.


Captain
Posts: 39
Registered: ‎03-17-2014

Re: Hard Staring

Ok Bluewaterbill thank you i got a new starter and new 1000cca battery on it but didn't know about the coils i will check them out all new fuel lines and ball and treat the gas with seafoam every time i get gas.

 

Thank you, Walleyewhacker

Admiral
Posts: 8,330
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Hard Staring

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Cut back on Seafoam as that is not on the Evinrude recommended fuel supplement list. It is more of an "internet thing" promoted by many DIY types. Other snake oils and additives may be also promoted such as lifetime or power-enhancing sparkplugs, octane boosters and other mechanic-in-a-can type of products .

Use what the factory recommends for best results.

 

 

 


"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
                    -- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald 


 



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The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.

The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.


Captain
Posts: 553
Registered: ‎08-20-2017

Re: Hard Staring

I second that on no seafoam. It mixed with any water in the fuel so it can "burn" in the engine but experience has found that in boat tanks it tends to attract water out of the air and have a negative effect. Evinrude fuel conditioner is the product to use.
Some of those older engines need 2 batteries to crank them "cold" and then will crank fine until they sit for a few days again. You can test this by connecting another battery with jumper cables