Hard to start Johnson (sometimes)


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Posted by Ken A (192.31.106.42) on June 29, 2005 at 06:46:21:

I have a 1982 15HP Johnson that can be a bear to start sometimes. Othertimes it will start on the first pull. Once I start it the first time in the morning it seems to start on the first pull all the time for the rest of the day.
When it doesn't start I play with the throttle and choke and keep pulling until I get it to fire up, and I usually can after working on it awhile. Last time at the lake I tried for 45 minutes before giving up and taking the boat out of the water, quite a bummer after an hour drive to get there! The next weekend at home when I went to check it out it fired on the third pull!
Would it help to bring along some "starter fluid" spray and spray it into the cylinder by removing the spark plugs the next time I have a problem?


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