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Thread: 2004 60 hp four stroke Mercury motor won't start

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    Make sure each pin is clean BEFORE you apply the dielectric grease for best results. (I use a tooth pick to apply here)
    Feel for good engagement when you reconnect them. A narrow zip tie around them may be nice to insure the plugs stay together if you feel any kind of plastic latch is not snug.
    This is one of those kind of things that fit in the category of "Aint nobody got time fo dat".

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrandPoohBah View Post
    Make sure each pin is clean BEFORE you apply the dielectric grease for best results. (I use a tooth pick to apply here)
    Feel for good engagement when you reconnect them. A narrow zip tie around them may be nice to insure the plugs stay together if you feel any kind of plastic latch is not snug.
    This is one of those kind of things that fit in the category of "Aint nobody got time fo dat".
    I certainly like a motor to start when I turn the key.
    A boat motor that becomes unreliable is short lived around my place. No worse feeling than needing to get underway and you get a hassle from your motor. I made it 4 miles back to the ramp 100 yards at a time. Fuel pump went out. Pump the bulb up tight, pull the start rope 2 to 3 times, go 100 yards. Then rinse and repeat. My shoulder was dead after that ordeal. I tried keeping the bulb squeezed to keep fuel into the motor. That was a no go. That was a long 4 miles. Wind was blowing away from the launch so you lost ground getting the motor started again
    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle

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    It is a good thing to have a high degree of confidence in your outboard motor.
    Several of my Dad's old friends had a rule - if you "Liked" your motor, you put a safety chain on it. If you didn't trust the motor, no safety chain on it. The way I heard that got started was one of them had an old Scott Atwater Outboard motor with the gas tank on top of the motor that caught on fire once while putting along going down the river. The guy hit the spinners loose, quickly lifted the motor up and off and into the drink it went. "Good Riddance" was the final words to that motor that He referred to as "Broke, busted, and not to be trusted".
    Here's one like it that a man wasted Ten good dollars on: 1952 Firestone (Scott Atwater) 5hp Outboard Motor - YouTube
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    There is a whole lot to be said for dependability
    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle

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