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tspring posted 08-30-2000 11:53 AM ET (US)   Profile for tspring   Send Email to tspring  
i got a new 30 jonhson for my 13 ft whaler 1965 should the motor be starting right away please help
bigz posted 08-30-2000 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Yes, if you have it set up properly and you followed the manual's instructions to the "T", it should Tom
Clark Roberts posted 08-30-2000 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Tom, if your new motor won't start, make sure that the kill switch "key" is inserted.. it's the plastic fob at the end of the red cord!!! Please advise if you're having a problem! Happy NJ Whaling.. Clark.. The Old Man and the Sea
triblet posted 08-30-2000 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
First, as bigz said, RTFM, at least twice.
There may be some shipping gizmo still
installed, or you may be doing it wrong.
Outboards (at least two-strokes) aren't
as automated as modern cars. There's more
to it than just turning the key, at least
usually. Some of the more modern OBs are
getting close.

Let me go through the ways I've screwed
up trying to start a boat:

- Didn't pump the primer bulb.

- Didn't open the vent on the gas tank.

- No choke.

- No kill switch key.

- Not in neutral.

- Ignition not on.

It should start in a couple or three pulls
or cranks, max.

If it won't, first find someone who knows
motors (sounds like you don't, yet ;-)
First check should be to see if there's

Chuck Tribolet

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