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1996 Evinrude 115 - just turns and turns

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  • 1996 Evinrude 115 - just turns and turns

    I just bought a 1996 OMC Sunbird with an Evinrude 115. The engine hasn't been started in 2 years. It only has about 20 hrs on it. I've changed all the fluids and the plugs. When I try and start it it just keeps turning and turning and doesn't start. I've tried holding the key in for an 8 count and then tried starting and the same thing happens. I am at a loss as to why it won't kick over. The only thing I can come up with is that the way I have it on blocks the engine cannot be fully tilted in the down position it is almost straight up and down but not quite. Is there possibly a Mercury switch or something like it that would prevent the engine from starting????Any input on this engine would be greatly appreciated. I bought the boat for my 14yr old son and he is excited to get it running.Thanks so much,John


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    Re: 1996 Evinrude 115 - just turns and turns

    John,You are missing one of three components:1. Spark.2. Fuel.3. Compression.Take a good look at every connection under the hood. There is one or more that have an in-line fuse in them. Check those. No spark with the blown fuse.

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      Re: 1996 Evinrude 115 - just turns and turns

      Thanks so much Djohns, I never thought of that. Wow I think this board is so cool... thanks for your input I'm sure it will help!!

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          Re: 1996 Evinrude 115 - just turns and turns

          Thanks Specks, I know fuel is getting in but not so sure about the spark, gonna have to check that tomorrow... you guys are great thanks for the advice!!

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            Re: 1996 Evinrude 115 - just turns and turns

            John,Just thought of something!!! That engine has a kill switch.Are you sure the engine kill lanyard is on the control box or dash??????

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              Re: 1996 Evinrude 115 - just turns and turns

              Djohns, The kill switch is on the dash. it has the attachment connected to it

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