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04-16-2011 06:59 PM
LakeSuperiorGeezer If you have fuel coming out the exhaust, I would guess the engine was flooded, too much choke. Sometimes a spart plug has deposits on it that short out the spark if the electrode gets wet with oil and fuel. If you pushed the choke back in, replaced that spark plug, and given another few pulls, I think it probably would have started. So, change the spark plug, go to full choke, pull her through five times, put the choke back in half way and see if it will start
04-16-2011 05:39 PM
dnf777 If all the above suggestions fail, I might try starting fluid instead of fuel/oil mix in carb. Had an evinrude from the 60s that would only start that way, but started reliably at that.

Lastly, carb overhauls and adjustments almost require an artisan's hand to get right. I'm pretty handy with a wrench, but punt that job to a shop. Saves a lot of headache.

good luck, and always remember, its an inanimate object....not a living being determined to taunt and frustrate you with superhuman powers.
04-16-2011 05:20 PM
Motor not starting

Yes the brown color is just from the exhaust tube! I would recheck to make sure you have good spark. With gas and spark you should get a hint of a cough at least. I would focus on spark.
04-16-2011 03:05 PM
Incantation Ok so i cleaned the carb.. soaked it in cleaner, inspected and it's all clean.. no varnish or anything.

And it STILL won't start! But after pulling say 100 times on the starter cord, fuel started dripping out of the exhaust and it was brown in colour. Not sure what this means.. perhaps the colour comes from the inside of the exhaust channel..

Stumped now.. :/
04-12-2011 11:13 AM
Incantation ^ thanks man.

delite from what i've been told that particular vintage was made by tohatsu..
04-12-2011 08:42 AM
Faster When you strip down the carb pay close attention to the jets and orifices. On the small engines I believe there's an orifice hidden under what looks like a rubber plug. Any crud in these and you're pretty well toast.

They are easy to miss.
04-12-2011 12:38 AM
delite I believe Mariner, Nissan and Tohatsu are the same engines toady. Johnson has been made by a few companies over the years but I dont know who made them in '98.
04-11-2011 11:31 PM
Incantation yea i have the carb sitting in cleaner now.. i don't see what else it could be. think i will buy a rebuild kit for it tomorrow and hopefully that will solve the problem!
04-11-2011 09:08 AM
JimsCAL Carburetor may be gummed up from sitting. If it starts briefly with a shot of starting fluid in the intake, that would confirm its a fuel issue. If so, a carb rebuild (or a new one) may be in order.
04-11-2011 04:47 AM
tommays I would take out the sparkplug and ground it on the block and see if you have spark
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