Originally Posted by nauticalrich
I will never never never buy any product made by Tohatsu. They are crap.
Got rid of it and bought a Suzky 2.5 four stroke. Believe it or not, same problem. This time I took it back to the dealer and the factory replaced the Carb. Finally it worked.
THE JETS ARE TOO SMALL.
I believe it because its not the engine, its the fuel, ethanol that is. You proved it yourself in your statement highlighted above.
I have not had my Tohatsu 9.8 for long, three years, but I am very satisfied with it. They also make the small Mercury and Nissan's, just different labels and some minor differences.
In any of the smaller engines using something like Sta Bil and running it dry will pretty much eliminate any issues with starting or idle/running...if long term storage such as winter, I would also drain the bowl.
I'll mention it again, there is really no need to waste $80+ on a mechanic, the carb on the Tohatsu is so easy to clean its silly. Cant say the same for Honda.