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whalernut posted 08-27-2000 08:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalernut   Send Email to whalernut  
Last Sunday I was coming back to my dock and the engine was running great, then when I was tying up the boat I got to the last mooring line when the engine just stalled. The engine was in idle when it stalled. I tried starting it again and it wouldn`t start. I waited over night and tried again, nothing. It went from running great to stalling and not re-starting. When it stalled it did it like it was turned off at the key, not like it loaded up on carbon. It wasn`t at idle long enough to stall from carbon. This tells me that maybee it is electrical and the spark plugs are just not fireing? The engine cranks strong and the engine is getting fuel. Any comments or suggestions what this problem may be? The boat is in the shop and is not finished yet. Please respond-Jack Graner.
Lil Whaler Lover posted 08-27-2000 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
First item to evaluate is the stator. Another possibility is that the flywheel key sheared off. On an engine of that age anything is fair game. Get an estimate and then decide if this is a message from "the boating gods" to get that new four-stroke. Good luck, David

whalernut posted 08-27-2000 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Thanks David, I hope it`s not to serious. If it will cost to much, I will probably get a new/newer engine(4-stroke), and sell the old one cheap! Regards-Jack Graner.
Sawgrass posted 08-27-2000 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sawgrass  Send Email to Sawgrass     
I had a similar experience with my 1980, 70 HP OMC. Fortunately it wasn't a serious problem as I found that I had accidentally pulled the line on the quick-kill switch. Don't know if this a possibility for you and your engine. Hope it's a simple problem!


whalernut posted 08-28-2000 04:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Thanks Rick, mine doesn`t have a kill switch. The problem really does sound electrical though. Regards-Jack Graner.
65whaler posted 08-28-2000 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for 65whaler  Send Email to 65whaler     
Jack,check out this website,, they have a good forum for all boating problems. Good luck, Greg
bigz posted 08-28-2000 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Jack -- yup no kill switch but you do have a neutral safety switch built into the controls just may be the culprit --- a thought -- Tom
whalernut posted 08-28-2000 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Thanks guys, I`ll try all the leads. Regards-Jack Graner.

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