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Outboard Starting Procedure

Happy Monday,

As a first time boat owner I have some questions on the proper starting sequence for my Evinrude 2 stroke 6hp outboard, pull start with long shaft..

I've heard a few things that I want clarified.

Release vent on fuel tank top
Hook up fuel line
Pump prime ball until hard
Full choke and two pulls
1/2 choke with full throttle and pull till it starts

Upon ending the day, disconnect fuel line and run motor until it stops...

Also, can I use a pint Marvel Mystery oil along with the 50-1 gas to oil mixture..?? I've always used MM in classic cars and MC's that I have owned..

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Re: Outboard Starting Procedure

That looks right except for the hair pulling and screaming when it doesn't start just because it doesn't want to.
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Re: Outboard Starting Procedure

Do not put the Mystery Oil in it. Just use the proper 2 stroke oil (marked TCW 3) at 50:1. The Marvel stuff, if it does anything at all, is supposed to free sticking lifters,lubricate valves, etc., which the 2 stroke doesn't have. Also, I would try starting it without the full throttle routine. See what works best for your motor.
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Re: Outboard Starting Procedure

I would consider full choke until your engine "burps" and shows signs of being close to starting then go to half choke. 2 stroke oil is all you need.
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Re: Outboard Starting Procedure

The procedure goes something like this:

*flick*
*prime*
*pbbbtth*
*prime again*
*pbbbttthhh*
*pbbbthh pbbbthh pbbbthh pbbbttthhh ppppbbbbttthhh...*
*pant, pant, pant*
*Open Choke*
*pppbbbtthhhh...ring. RING-DING-DING-DINGGGGGG!!!!!!!*
*Close choke*
*DINGGGGGG!!!!!!...ack.*
*pbbbbthh*


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Re: Outboard Starting Procedure

Not that I've ever done it, but step 0 should be to ensure that you haven't forgotten to install the little kill lever thingy. Step 1 should be to make sure the engine has been lowered into the water so you don't burn out the impeller. Then the rest of the steps you outline look pretty good except the full throttle part. What I used to do on my old Honda was prime as you described, then full choke with throttle set above the "start" setting on the grip (maybe 1/3 throttle or so). Pull a time or two and it will probably start, then, before you can get to the choke, it will die. Half to 2/3 choke the next time, without touching the throttle, and should start right away and you'll have enough time to push the choke in.

Eventually, you'll come to appreciate why we switched to an electric start. Not that it made things incredibly better, but my shoulders were happier.

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Re: Outboard Starting Procedure

All of the above... AND.... learn your motor. You do it. You listen to it. You feel it. Runningthe carb dry of gas at the end of the day is OK, but are you coming back tomorrow for another go? Uneccessary then. I never ran the motor dry. Maybe if you were'nt going to use it for months... then you should be storing it with fogging oil.

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Re: Outboard Starting Procedure

On my Yamaha 2 stroke I do the same, except the third pull is with no choke, not half choke. Anyway, as others have pointed out, engines vary.

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Re: Outboard Starting Procedure

Do not run a 2stroke motor till it dies from lack of fuel just till it starts to run out. The lube oil is in the fuel and running till it quits isn't good no fuel = no oil and that leads to catastrophic failure at a very inopportune time which usually leads to testing ones insurance.

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Re: Outboard Starting Procedure

I too have my doubts about the 1/2 choke full throttle bit.

Most 2 strokes will want full choke and 20 - 25% throttle when cold.

The only reason I would use full throttle was if I had flooded the stupid thing.

Btw my 30 year old Johnson 15hp 2 st started third pull when cold on full choke 1/5 throttle and first pull no choke all day after that.

My current 18 hp 2 st Tohatsu needs choke on any start when it has been sitting for 30 mins or more.
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