To begin To begin A Flooded Outboard Motor

The term ‘flooded motor’ means the engine has a lot fuel and the fuel has fouled the spark plugs causing the engine to be very hard to start out or not run in any respect.

It’s quite simple to clear out a flooded motor. Simply lift the warm up lever (fast idle, throttle arm) as far as it goes and crank the engine with no choke. By doing this you supply plenty of air to the engine which basically flushes the additional fuel away clearing the plugs allowing them to spark again and begin the engine.

Different motors have different ways of engaging the warm up lever; some have a separate lever to the principle control arm. Some engines have a button on the control arm that you push in so you may throttle the engine in neutral, some motors you’ve got to drag the control arm out to disengage the gear shift. Find out which ever way your control arm works and have a play.

Run your motor (be certain that it in the water or on flushing muffs) and hold the choke on until it dies, (either by pushing in the important thing or holding the choke switch.) This may flood the motor. To verify it is absolutely flooded; keep holding the choke on and try to start it, it ought to be impossible to start out!

Now simply give it full throttle on the warm up lever, and with NO choke crank the engine… It might take a few seconds or a couple of attempts but it will start. Once started, keep the warm up lever up until the motor runs smoothly. Be careful not to over rev the engine. You might have to lower the warm up lever to maintain the RPMs under approx 2000rpm. Will probably be very Smokey for a while.

It’s a good suggestion to practise other ways of starting your motor in numerous scenarios, just in case. You never know someday you might be drifting towards the rocks and in a panic you forget your engine is already hot and doesn’t need choking, if you happen to choke a hot engine it is very easy to flood it. Sp practise flooding it and trying to start out it again, someday it’d save you…

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