I inadvertently left the 15 E-Tec HO (brand new in December, 2015 - less than 100 hrs) in the water and ran back up the river a mile or two at about 25 mph. Stopped when I realized my mistake and the engine wouldn't start. Pumped primer bulb, plenty of times, double checked that I was in neutral, double checked kill switch/cord, tried letting it dry out for an hour and nada, nix, zilch. Starter was working just fine trying to do it's job - just wouldn't turn over. Minor note, next morning there was about an ounce of sludge sitting on the driveway under the motor, which I had left down. There's often a little bit, but this was more than usual.
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09-05-2016 06:40 - edited 09-05-2016 06:42
Chances are the E-TEC 15 HO ingested water and hydro-locked the motor. Remove the spark plugs and turn the motor over slowly. It is very likely that you will see water come out the plug holes. If so, pump a few squirts of outboard oil into the cylinders to help protect them from rusting.
Your best bet is to then get the motor to your dealer right away to avoid internal corrosion damage and for the techs to inspect your outboard to get the motor running again and cleaned out.
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