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I bought boat it sat couple of years. It is a party barge

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I bought boat it sat for a couple of years. It is a party barge 240 with a pro series 40hp outboard. I changed fuel, and it started at home a run for a couple of minutes. It took it to lake it started, a little rough keeping it idle then back off trailer. It then died and will not start. Chg'd plugs but nothing not even an attempt to start
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** will assist you.

Would you please post the full model and serial number of the engine?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Tracker pro series 40 by mercruiser. It's a 02-04 range. Can't get to seriel number as its in the water
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Phone number is(###) ###-####
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Can u call me?
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

I am not available for phone service at this time.

Was the fuel in the boat dumped before you started the engine?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
new fuel put in. Could not clear entire bulb. It ran for about 5 min in lake to back it out then died not restarting. Just opened air filter to spray gummout in carb and tried starter fluid nothing.
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

Ok, can you test the coils for spark.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I took out a plug and grounded it and saw spark. Then Chgd plugs too
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

Ok, did the motor even try to hit when you sprayed the starting fluid into the carbs?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No nothinh
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Nothing
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

Disconnect the black and yellow wire at the switch box and see if the engine will try to fire at all.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Switch box??
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

Is this the two cylinder or the 3 cylinder?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
2 2sparkplugs
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Found a yellow with black line at top of motor. Disconnected no fire
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
somewhat.
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

On part 34 there will be a black/yellow wire, disconnect that one. then try the spark again.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Nothing for firing
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

remove the plugs and see if the ends of them are really wet.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Very minimal.
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

Do you know what the compression of the engine is?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No, don't have the tools for thst
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Do you feel u might be whittling down to an answer or should I pull it out and take to mechanic?
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

Your engine needs 3 things to run correctly, compression, spark and fuel. If one of the 3 are missing it will not run. I can guide you through anything on this engine. But I do need some testing done on your part to get to the correct answer.

Make sense?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
just don't have the tools. I'll need to pull and take home to get rest of the way. Thank you for trying.
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

Once you are home, we can continue if you wish to.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Charles replied 11 months ago.

Your welcome

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