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    Default 2001 130HP Low Idle

    My outboard has a low idle, in gear it will stall. Otherwise it seems to run great.

    Motor is new to me so have no history, but plugs look normal with a dry light brown colour.

    Is there a way to adjust idle on these FI engines?

    I have a shop manual on order, it will be here in a couple of weeks.


  2. #2

    Default Re: 2001 130HP Low Idle

    Quote Originally Posted by NSDON View Post
    My outboard has a low idle, in gear it will stall. Otherwise it seems to run great.

    Motor is new to me so have no history, but plugs look normal with a dry light brown colour.

    Is there a way to adjust idle on these FI engines?

    I have a shop manual on order, it will be here in a couple of weeks.

    One other question, can I find out myself the number of hours on this engine, or do I have to take it to a dealer?


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Cincinnati, OH USA

    Default Re: 2001 130HP Low Idle

    Last question first.....there is no way to determine the hours on the engine from the ECM. It has a fairly simple ECM, compared to newer motors.

    First question last....You can adjust the idle, but you should check a couple of things first.
    -Be sure that the engine is running on all of the cylinders. Do a cylinder drop test and one by one, briefly disconnect the injectors. If the motor rpm slow down each time, then all cylinders are firing. If the rpms do not slow down, then that cylinder has an issue.

    -Check to be sure that the motor is coming to temperature. 160 - 182 deg F. If it is running cold, then that is an issue.

    -Remove the Idle Air Control and make sure that the screen is not blocked with carbon. If so, clean with solvent, like brakekleen. While it is off, use some small jumper leads and momentarily exercise the IAC with 12v applied to the contacts in the connector. Make sure that the plunger moves back and forth. If it does not, then that is definitely an issue.

    The IAC does most of the controlling of the idle. When you start the engine (without advancing the throttle), the IAC should allow extra air into the intake and when the motor starts, the idle will be somewhat above 1000 rpms. Then it slows down to about 750 rpm. If it does not idle high then slow down, there could be an issue with the IAC, the ECM or the connections in between. If it does idle high and then slow down, but the idle is still too low, then maybe an idle adjustment could help.

    It is possible that one or more cylinders do not have good compression......that could be one of other causes of low idle.

    To adjust the idle per the manual, you need the engine warmed up....put the engine in service mode (shorting the two connectors on the red service plug with a paper clip). The service plug is located under the ECM cover.

    Disconnect the IAC and start the engine. You might need to advance the throttle to get the motor started, then slowly bring the engine back to idle.

    Then you adjust the idle mixture screw on the top of the Idle Air Control. http://www.boats.net/parts/search/Ho...ODY/parts.html
    The screw is located just below the bolt head of part #12 on the drawing.
    It is not easy to get to, and it is probably covered by a thin coat of Honda paint. I have used a flexible screwdriver in the past, when needed.

    The manual says to adjust the idle to 600 plus/minus 50, but you should set it at 650 plus/minus 50. In your case, on the high side is probably in order.

    When finished, you need to erase the codes....since you set a code by disconnecting the IAC. When you restart the engine, with the IAC plugged in, the idle should come to about 750 rpm. In gear, in the water, it should be about 650 rpm.

    The need to adjust the idle is very unusual. There general is something else that is causing the problem.

    Hope that helps some, before you get the manual.


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    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Tauranga New Zealand

    Default Re: 2001 130HP Low Idle

    Some good advice from Mike as usual.
    Also, before making any adjustment, clean out the throttle body. They tend do develop a hard sludge buildup around the throttle flap over a period of time which reduces the idle speed. Clean it out with the throttle flap held fully open(engine not running), and using Throttle Body Cleaner or WD40, etc and a toothbrush.


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    Default Re: 2001 130HP Low Idle

    Thanks for both replies. I am not a "Fuel Injection" guy, mostly work on older carb'ed cars.

    I've put only 4 or 5 hours on this outboard and have no history. Previous owner used regular fuel with ethanol, I've switched it to premium, which here contains no ethanol and is 91 octane. I've also used Sea Foam in the fuel, hopefully it will clean up any deposits. I will clean the TB as suggested.

    My plugs were all a light tan, no oily deposits, looked very normal. If it was not running on one cylinder, would my plugs all look normal? On a carb'ed engine, one would be fouled with fuel. Does it do the same with FI?

    For the startup, idle at 1000 rpm, then drop after to 750 ish, does it do the same whether you start it hot or cold? Mine does start with a higher idle, then it drops to about 650. In gear I think it is below 650, but I'll have to check these details. The low idle problem is the same hot or cold.

    Engine temperature- how do you tell that it is 160-180? I have a IR gun, do I just aim it at something after warmup?


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