Boat Tips & Advice

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You planned for that family outing – going skiing, fishing, or just going out on the lake. But for some reason, your boat won’t start. Below are a few boat tips & advice that can help you salvage your weekend and help you have memories that will last a lifetime.

The Boat Won’t Start

  • Empty gas tank
  • Fuel lines kinked or pinched
  • Water or dirt in the fuel system
  • Clogged fuel filter or screens
  • Motor not being choked to start
  • Loose, broken wire or frayed insulation
  • Reed valves not seating or stuck shut
  • Weak coil or condenser
  • Loose fuel connector
  • Engine not primed – pump primer system
  • Carburetor adjustments too lean (not allowing enough fuel to start engine
  • Timing and synchronizing out of adjustment
  • Manual choke linkage bent – auto-choke out of adjustment
  • Spark plugs improperly gapped, dirty or broken
  • Fuel tank primer inoperative (pressurized system)
  • Poor engine or ignition ground
  • Faulty ignition or safety switch