28 HP Johnson running problems

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Posted by James Spicer ( on August 12, 2005 at 12:34:56:

I recently purchased a boat that has a 1988 28HP Johnson on it. The motor will start, but won't idle for long. It will idle longer if I choke it slightly, but after about 20 seconds it shuts off. If I try to "rev" the motor, it stalls. This motor has been stored for the past 6 years, without it being run. I have tried spraying carb cleaner into the carb, and it LOOKS clean. Any suggestions? I do know a little about general 2-cycle small engines, but outboards have always been a mystery to me. Thanks in advance for all the help!!

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