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post #25 of Old 10-04-2013
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Re: New Honda 2.3 outboard not running

I have the same issue with a 2013 2.3 that is 3 months old. Used 3 times, not even out of break-in yet. Sat for about 1 month upright in my garage. Now, full choke is required to start it each time. Then it will only run on about 1/3 choke. Note that the choke does not stay where you put it either so you can't actually use it like that. Gas had ethanol treatment in it.

As for ethanol being to blame, I think mfrs should be able to make a product that functions on the fuels available rather than make a product for which there is no correct fuel in existence. I mean, ethanol is not exactly new and I have no other motors, from my weed whacker to my lawn tractor, etc. that have had any ethanol related problems after years of ethanol use without even an additive. I am sorry, but I don't fall for this blame game and so not only is this my first Honda product, it is my last. Thanks to the tech for supplying the diagrams though so maybe I can try to get mine running and sell it next season.
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