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  1. #1

    Question 1997 120 Force won't start

    Carburetor bowl is full but there's no gas getting to the plugs. Plugs are new and have a nice spark. I'm new to boating but mechanically inclined. Is this a Carburetor issue?

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    Default Re: 1997 120 Force won't start

    IF??? the bowls full then there should be gas drawn in as the motors turned over.

    A little more history?
    Did it ever run?
    You do something to make it stall?
    New parts?

    You say new plugs, you check timing?

    Check for TDC?
    Pull top plug, rotate engine insert screwdriver in the hole.
    Slowly turn the motor until the screwdriver gets pushed all the way out.
    Then front of the motor, above the top carb should be a timing mark.
    It should match the flywheel marks.
    No match? then the flywheel key's sheared?

    You using the choke as you try to start?
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    Default Re: 1997 120 Force won't start

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryjerry05 View Post
    IF??? the bowls full then there should be gas drawn in as the motors turned over.

    A little more history?
    Did it ever run?
    You do something to make it stall?
    New parts?

    You say new plugs, you check timing?

    Check for TDC?
    Pull top plug, rotate engine insert screwdriver in the hole.
    Slowly turn the motor until the screwdriver gets pushed all the way out.
    Then front of the motor, above the top carb should be a timing mark.
    It should match the flywheel marks.
    No match? then the flywheel key's sheared?

    You using the choke as you try to start?
    It has been sitting for over 2 years. I just bought it the previous owner said it ran great. New gas, new plugs, new fuel filter.
    I will check the timing. I do not get a gas smell when I remove a plug after turning over the engine for a bit.

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    Default Re: 1997 120 Force won't start

    I got it! All it was I was not using the electric choke. It started right up after I used it properly. Thanks for all your help!
    Now I'm not convinced that my water pump is working correctly. I put the water muffs on it but I'm getting very little water out of the weep hole and very little out of the vent in the back as well, with the engine running. What should I look for?

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    Default Re: 1997 120 Force won't start

    Don't look.
    Just change the impeller.
    The kit includes everything needed.
    What weep hole?
    The majority should come from the hole in the prop, the port on the back might have some, might not??
    You can install a pee tube if needed.

    U-tube videos, lots of videos cover a lot of repairs.

    approximate cost
    IMPELLER $24
    43026T2

    817275A2 kit. $55
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    Buy American made Cars and Trucks!!!Towing insurance,get it.
    In Scenic Beautiful Sebastian by the sea Florida

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