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Hi Neale, my name is Jason.
Outboard engines by nature do not like to idle for long periods of time. Outboards run rich by nature, and they will flood out if left to idle for a long time. What are you doing with the engine, are you trolling with it or doing something else? Why the long idle times?
They typically dont' like to idle more than 10 to 12 minutes. How long were you idling it for?
Did you have any other questions on the issue?
Yes, the engine should have a new set of plugs installed every year.
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