I got this motor running very well thanks to help from this forum and I have the OMC manual for this motor.
This weekend a problem developed with the primer solenoid. After starting easily the first day, the motor would not start the next day when cold. I got it to start by moving the red lever on the solenoid to the manual position and pumping the fuel bulb. Then it started right up. I believe the solenoid is working since I hear a clicking noise when I press in the key. After I got the motor started I pressed the key to activate the solenoid. Usually, the motor would slow down when I did this but now it does not. Also, moving the red lever back to the manual position when the motor is running does not cause the motor to slow down.
Since I hear the solenoid click when I press the key, I am thinking that the solenoid is working but something is clogged. There are three fuel lines coming out of the solenoid, two small ones and one large one. I pulled one of the small lines that went into the top of the carb. It was not clogged. I did not check the small line that went into the bottom of the carb yet. I think the big line has something to do with recirculating unburned fuel from the manifold so it is not related to the priming operation. So here are my questions:
1) should I take the solenoid apart and look for something clogged?
2) how does one go about checking to see if the two small fuel lines are clogged and what is the best way to unclog them?
3) is it possible for there to be a clog past the fuel line in the area of the nipple that enters the intake manifold? If so, how does one clean that clog?
I have a Mighty Vac and can apply a vacuum or pressure to clear. thanks