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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎08-27-2016

safety mode issue

I purchased my 150 etec less than 1 year ago. Since that time I have had 3 instances when the motor went into safty mode and i got stranded along way from the dock. Off course i can idle in however this took hours. No indicators were noted such as heat or oil lights. I simply started the motor and attempted to throttle up and return to port. So far the first 2 trips back to the dealer redered me a diognosis of the Throttle position senor may have caused such and issue. last week it happened for the 3rd time. No diognosis yet. Is this a random occurance or is this a common issue with ETEC motors. I love my boat and motor but im to the point of not being able to trust it to get me and my family home.

Posts: 7,054
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: safety mode issue

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What is the model number of your motor?


If it was built before 2014, service bulletin 2014-02(S) may  apply to your outboard as it is about a sticking throttle lever that can cause the same symptoms that you describe. Also a misadjusted throttle cable can do the same thing. Talk with your dealer.  I hope you are not advancing the throttle when you start up as that also does the same thing. Be sure the throttle is at dead idle before turning the key.


Where there any error codes were stored in the motor's computer?




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



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.

Posts: 89
Registered: ‎10-21-2015

Re: safety mode issue

If the Dealer's diagnosis was throttle sensor may be causing the problem, then that is where one should concentrate upon.  BluewaterBill is right on in the suggestions he offers.


That fault and the corresponding SAFE mode is there for a very good reason - to be sure the operator has safe control of the engine.