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Re: Outboard Starting Procedure
Sorry for the motherhood but are you in possession of the owner manual? If not, have you tried to find it online? To me, that would be the place to start. Beside ensuring that the kill switch is in and the lower unit is in the water, the initial steps you mentioned (vent, plug fuel line and squeeze primer) are banged on. If the engine is cold (seemed to be the procedure for 8 HP suzuki, 9.9 Evinrude (both 2 stroke) and now Tohatsu 9.8), pull the choke (full), rotate throttle to cold start position, pull slowly to take off the slack and then one or two quick pulls and the engine should start. Most engine will need a little bit of time to warm up during which time you slowly push the choke back in (a bit at a time) and listen to the motor. It will let you know if you are doing it too quickly or too much at a time. The only time you really go to full throttle is if you flooded the engine (a...you will smell it and be...should see fuel/oily spots appearing on the water). Normally, when this happen, I would push the choke all the way in (no choke), rotate throttle to full and then pull the crank. As soon as the engine starts, you bring the throttle down to a fast idle position and let the engine warm up.