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Does anyone know of a good small outboard repair shop in the Baltimore area? I've got an old Johnson 2hp for the dink that needs to be serviced. Thanks in advance.
You might have a hard time finding a place that will take you. I called half dozen trying to get service on my near 20 year old 2-stroke and most declined. Not worth their time, they want larger motors/$$. Jaws marine in curtis bay did agree to look at it:
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I'm not sure I'd wholeheartedly recommend it, but I think they did a decent enough job. It did cost quite a bit (but probably normal rate around here), and I had issues with the motor again after. But since it's so old that could be other things and not their fault. (As in I; believe they did get it running. But when I tried it in the water again it ran for 30 sec, then died and didn't start again.. Ended up buying new motor)
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Thanks everyone. I'm going to give it a try myself...fuel, spark, compression right? How hard could it be?
I did have one place return my call and say it would cost more to fix it than it is worth.

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Thanks everyone. I'm going to give it a try myself...fuel, spark, compression right? How hard could it be?
I did have one place return my call and say it would cost more to fix it than it is worth.
I PM you as I am doubtful I will continue to post on the open forums anymore. The “ new “ direction feel of the site doesn’t really feel sympatico
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Thanks everyone. I'm going to give it a try myself...fuel, spark, compression right? How hard could it be?
I did have one place return my call and say it would cost more to fix it than it is worth.
Good plan! You can probably find a service manual online....

Clean the plug, squirt some carb cleaner into the intake, use some new fuel, and see what happens. A new impeller should be easy to find and replace. Taking the carb off and taking it apart to clean it up and put a kit in it may be necessary if the old gas has gummed up, but that’s a pretty simple operation also with some patience and attention to how things come apart.....Pine Sol is a great non toxic cleaner for carbs if you have to go that route.

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If all else fails, maybe try a lawnmower repair place?


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But anyway, I will not be spending any money there for my projects, except for the occasional trip to West Marine. In particular, their resident canvas and sail shops probably lost some business.
Old Bay Marina is on Rockhold Creek between Shipwright and Rockhold Creek Marinas. They've a canvas shop I've used. They do a good job, quickly, for a reasonable price, FWIW.
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Re: 2020 Sailing on the Chesapeake Bay

Many years ago, when I was a OMC service center in Bel Air, Maryland, I serviced a lot of small outboards for sailboats and anglers that fished the lower Susquehanna River and adjacent Flats. The vast majority of them had carb problems, mainly from sitting for extended periods with untreated fuel in the tanks and carbs. The vast majority of them were quickly fixed by rebuilding or just cleaning the carbs with carb cleaner. Soaking the carb in cleaner for about 4 to 6 hours, then rinsing it with gasoline usually solved all the problems until the following season. Sometimes you had to reset the float level, which was pretty easy using a gauge supplied by OMC.

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... was going to suggest going to a lawnmower/general small-engine shop too.
They may not know much about the lower units, but 2stroke is 2stroke, everything else is just loads attached to the PTO.
And who knows, maybe the guy there DOES know marine engines too? Or at least willing to figure it out. A good mechanic in one context is still a pretty competent mechanic on another.
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Many years ago, when I was a OMC service center in Bel Air, Maryland, I serviced a lot of small outboards for sailboats and anglers that fished the lower Susquehanna River and adjacent Flats. The vast majority of them had carb problems, mainly from sitting for extended periods with untreated fuel in the tanks and carbs. The vast majority of them were quickly fixed by rebuilding or just cleaning the carbs with carb cleaner. Soaking the carb in cleaner for about 4 to 6 hours, then rinsing it with gasoline usually solved all the problems until the following season. Sometimes you had to reset the float level, which was pretty easy using a gauge supplied by OMC.

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