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Hi Karen, my name is Jason.
When you say the engine is hard to start, is it cranking over but not starting? Or does it not crank over at all unless you wiggle the throttle handle back and forth a bit?
Hi Karen. If you hold the key to start with one hand, and then wiggle the shifter handle with your other hand, can you get it to crank/start then?
Got it. The problem is going to be a bad neutral switch inside of the shifter box. The neutral switch is there to keep the boat from accidently starting in gear. The reason why you have to wiggle the shifter handle to get it to start is because the shifter box mechanism that the handle is attached to is wearing out, and it is no longer returning to the same "true neutral" position each time. What you would have to do if you want the problem fixed is to replace the shifter box, does that all make sense to you? Did you have any other questions on the issue?
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