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Old 10-01-2012
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Nissan 9.8 priming problem

I have a Nissan 9.8 outboard that I bought new earlier this season. The other day when we were preparing to go out for a sail, I started pumping the primer bulb and it seemed like it wasn't firming up like it normally does, and it appeared that some fuel actually was dripping from the rear side of the engine near where a stream of water exits when the motor is running. It made a rainbow slick in the water, so I stopped pumping. The engine was difficult to start, but it did start, and once it started it seemed to run fine. We went out for a day sail and when we came back in it started right up and ran fine. Has this ever happened to anyone else? Anyone know what is happening? I always disconnect the fuel line and let the motor run until it runs out of gas and dies when I return to the dock.
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