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Problems starting Merc 9.9 long shaft
I'm hoping you guys can help as I'm a total outboard novice, I truly don't know what I don't know:
I have a 2007 Merc 9.9 that is virtually brand new with very few hours that came with my C-25 that I bought 2 months ago. It starts fine and easy on the second pull while in the Marina but on my last two sails it was really difficult to start when we were ready to come back in.
The first time I attributed it to the fact that I didn't open the vent on the gas tank. I had to try and try and finally I think I used the throttle button on the side and it finally kicked to life. We had a high pucker moment as we had doused all the sails before we had the problems starting the engine but we were able to sail out to deeper water and resolve the issue.
The second time I'm not sure, this time I did vent the gas tank. The engine starts after two pulls in the marina. We motor out of the marina just fine, turn into the wind and raise the sails. I try to shut off the outboard and I was hitting and holding the red button on the end of the throttle and it just didn't want to quit. Finally I unplugged the fuel line and it took forever to quit. ( I was told to do this when I return to the marina to run it out of gas, but should I do this while out on the lake?) I pulled her up and sailed but the prop was still a bit in the water. After about a half hour after it had quit running The engine, with fuel line unplugged and starter ositon set to off, start acting like it was running again like just ticking with no thrust. This was intermittent. Finally, when we decided the weather was just a bit more rough than we'd like, I had a very very hard time getting it to start and actually run. Once again, I had to fiddle with the throttle button on the side before it would start again.
It's getting to the point that I'm afraid to take her out as getting back to the marina would be close to impossible just under sail. I'm sure I just don't know what I don't know and maybe someone can help me, send me to an outboards for idiots site or maybe I do have a problem with this motor.
1979 TR/FK #1390
Lake Ray Hubbard
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