1998 Mercury 90 Won't Start

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roguewave
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1998 Mercury 90 Won't Start

Postby roguewave » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:30 am

[A 1998 Mercury 90-HP two-stroke-power-cycle outboard engine has] been out of the water for a month, [and] prior to that ran fine. A few minutes ago, I launched [the boat]. At first crank [the engine gave] a little stumble, and then nothing after that.

[Should] staring fliud [be used]?

[Should] the [spark] plugs be pulled to see if they are soaked?

Thanks. --at the dock :)
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Re: 1998 Mercury 90 Won't Start

Postby jimh » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:24 am

Find the owner's manual. Follow the recommended starting procedure, exactly as written.

Check that the safety lanyard is properly seated into the engine-stop switch.

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Re: 1998 Mercury 90 Won't Start

Postby roguewave » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:55 am

Got the engine going. I forgot to squeeze the [fuel hose primer] bulb [until] it was firm. After that, started right up.
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