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Why worry? It's an E-TEC!

by on ‎06-19-2012 05:25



Basic boat maintenance is usually something that I put off not because I find it mundane, it's just one of the jobs that gets put further down the list of priorities -- even lower than a lazy Sunday on the lounge watching motorsports and drinking beer.


With a tournament looming, it was time to give the boat, electronics, and batteries a check to make sure everything was in working order. The last time the boat hit the water must have been a whisper shy of 3 months ago. All fuses, electronics, connections, and plugs were in good order, with no signs of corrosion or build-up on the battery terminals. Even the lockers, hinges, and locks were inspected and sprayed with Lanox. 


The main switch panel, with navigation lights, sounders, live well, and bilge pumps, all checked out OK. The electric motor was deployed, and the foot pedal worked as well as it could while not being on the water.


The last thing was to hook up the engine muffs and hose and give the engine a crank. The ignition was set to the On position, engine systems check lit up, and the all too familiar beep told me all was good. Ready to turn the key and fire up the engine, I hesitated for a second thinking, "Will it start?" I turned the key and the motor roared to life instantly. "What a great sound," I thought to myself -- sporty, throaty, and yet distinguished.      


I needn’t worry; it’s an E-TEC. It starts first time every time!  


Until next time, stay safe and do some minor maintenance.



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on ‎06-21-2012 07:11

Hi, I'm Bill.

Have E-tec problem.

Engine runs great (3 yr. old) except when in gear @ idle it will stop for no reason.?!

Hit the key & it starts quick.

I moved, but my dealer of 15 + yrs. has done all to fix it. 3 times they have down loaded soft ware from factory but problem has not been fixed.

I'm planing on driving this boat (Pontoon) to FL. I have been boating for over 60 yrs.

Can any body out there help me. When I was a teenager I actualy wore out a Sea King outbpord.

I'll try a local dealer for help.

on ‎06-21-2012 06:32

Hey guys, ive been having some engine troubles. My engine increases in speed by itself at all different stages of RPM and trib etc. Ie. i struggle to troll at 12 km/h without it creeping up to 22km/h and so on.



on ‎07-18-2012 01:03

As there are a number of factors that may be contributing to the experience mentioned in your post - the best advice anyone can give you is to bring your boat to an authorized dealer for inspection.  The authorized dealer should then contact BRP Technical Service for assistance to resolve the situation.


In North America (US & Canada) BRP Evinrude Authorized dealers can be located via the following websites:  

US consumers



Canadian consumers

English: http://www.evinrude.com/en-CA/Find-a-Dealer

Francais: http://www.evinrude.com/fr-CA/Find-a-Dealer