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Mercury 90-HP: Replaced Stator, Won't Stay Running
|Author||Topic: Mercury 90-HP: Replaced Stator, Won't Stay Running|
posted 06-11-2015 08:00 PM ET (US)
I replaced the stator on my c.1985 Mercury 90-HP outboard (Tallboy or Black Beauty). The engine started with the throttle [advanced], but when [the throttle lever is] dropped back to [idle], the engine dies. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
posted 06-12-2015 03:58 AM ET (US)
Did it run OK or better prior to replacement? More information is needed to lend a hand with troubleshooting.
posted 06-12-2015 07:30 AM ET (US)
[The c.1985 Mercury 90-HP outboard engine prior to the installation of the new stator] ran fine at low speeds, but when pushed above 3000-RPM it would run for about 45-seconds then drop to 3000-RPM. An ohms test determined the stator needed to be replaced. Before determining it was electrical, [I performed procedures to] troubleshoot the fuel related possibilities, such as carburetors, gas, fuel pump, filter, fuel lines, etc. Is [the remedy for this new problem of stalling at idle speed] something as simple as to switch the yellow wires on the rectifier?
posted 06-12-2015 07:36 AM ET (US)
If you suspect the cause of the problem with the c.1985 Mercury 90-HP engine being unable to remain running at idle speed setting of the throttle is related to an electrical power generation problem from the stator, I recommend you insert an in-line spark checker to see there is good spark ignition voltage present for all cylinders.
I am not expert on these older Mercury engines, but I have seen many mentions of them having separate coil windings in the stator for generation of spark coil primary voltage. One winding is optimized for low engine speed and the other for higher engine speeds. Since your narrative reports you just replaced "the stator", I presume you replaced all the coils in one replacement part installation.
The next component involved in spark generation is typically an electronic device that controls the timing of the spark primary coil voltage. This is often called a switch box in Mercury lingo. The switch box may be affecting spark at low engine speeds.
Of course, there could be other causes for poor idle speed running, such as the fuel-air mixture ratio.
posted 06-12-2015 09:34 AM ET (US)
Spark plugs are new and believed to have good spark in all cylinders. Engine starts and runs in choke position. When shifts into neutral, engine shuts off immediately. I am going to put the old stator back on to see if the problem still exists.
posted 06-12-2015 01:41 PM ET (US)
The engine shutting off immediately is a good indicator the problem is electrical in nature.
posted 06-13-2015 08:18 AM ET (US)
I took a picture of the wiring before removing the old stator, but used the schematics that came with the new stator and there was an error made when installing the new stator. Switched the red/white and blue/white and problem is gone. Not sure why the schematics differed from my picture, but it is fixed.
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