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  • Hard to start a 9.9 4-stroke Honda

    Hi again.
    What happens is that the motor would take a bit too many pulls to start and when it does finally catch it, it would behave as flooded for a while (blue smoke, etc). So I guess the fuel gets there but not the spark. The plugs are from this spring, I don't really know if they can go bad this soon. I suspect that it does not get the spark to begin with, and then it appears after a few pulls - this is consistent with what i see if i take the plug out and check by pulling the starter - at first I see no spark and then it comes eventually. The carb is cleaned by a mechanic early this summer.
    What I do now is that first I just begin to pull the starter, and then only after several pulls I prime the carb and engage the choke - otherwise it gets really flooded and it's a complete nightmare to start then.
    I don't know if it's indicative of anything, but the oil pressure lamp does not begin to flash at once when I start trying, but only after several pulls on the starter (oil level is good).
    Are these some electrical problems?

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    Re: Hard to start a 9.9 4-stroke Honda

    Originally posted by makassiouk View Post
    Hi again.
    What happens is that the motor would take a bit too many pulls to start and when it does finally catch it, it would behave as flooded for a while (blue smoke, etc). So I guess the fuel gets there but not the spark. The plugs are from this spring, I don't really know if they can go bad this soon. I suspect that it does not get the spark to begin with, and then it appears after a few pulls - this is consistent with what i see if i take the plug out and check by pulling the starter - at first I see no spark and then it comes eventually. The carb is cleaned by a mechanic early this summer.
    What I do now is that first I just begin to pull the starter, and then only after several pulls I prime the carb and engage the choke - otherwise it gets really flooded and it's a complete nightmare to start then.
    I don't know if it's indicative of anything, but the oil pressure lamp does not begin to flash at once when I start trying, but only after several pulls on the starter (oil level is good).
    Are these some electrical problems?

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      Re: Hard to start a 9.9 4-stroke Honda

      Oh, hey - what a good answer. Thanks a lot!

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