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Taylor posted 09-30-2002 09:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for Taylor   Send Email to Taylor  
This will probably jinx me, but my Merc seems to be starting up really well. Only problem I can see is that if I have the engine tilted up, I seem to have some gas dripping into the motor well. Other than that, all I have to do is pump the primer until it gets firm, push the thottle forward once, push the key in to choke, and she starts right up. Is this normal?
andygere posted 09-30-2002 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Not for a Mercury.........sorry Merc fans, I couldn't resist!
jimh posted 10-01-2002 12:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am assuming your engine has carburetors. Often when an engine with carburetors is tilted forward, the float bowls of the carburetors will spill fuel. On some engines the maker has engineered a catch basin that tries to collect the spilled fuel and divert it (somewhere).

I see this same thing on my 5-HP FORCE dingy engine. Tilt it forward and fuel spills from the carburetor.

Einar posted 10-01-2002 12:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Einar  Send Email to Einar     
I had the same issues with my 20 year old Merc. Started great and ran fine. The leak I had came from the fuel pump. I had to remove the starter for a good look at it but it was easy to fix.
Al
Taylor posted 10-01-2002 03:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I suppose I should have made the title of this 'fuel leaks when engine tilted'
Bigshot posted 10-01-2002 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Normal!

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