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My 120 hp force outboard motor does not idle, I have to give…

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My 120 hp force...
My 120 hp force outboard motor does not idle, I have to give it throttle manually before it shifts into gear, will not shift into reverse, it dies, but runs great when we can get it to shift into gear. found a loose nut on part of the throttle assembly, tightened it, didn't help.
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Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago
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Has the motor been siting unused for some time?
How old is the fuel?
When it does idle, what is the RPM?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
just bought the boat and it had a half a tank, did not check the RPMS when I had it in idle, so not sure.
Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago
Ok, first, check that fuel for water.
Did the owner start it for you when you bought it?
Did the boat look like it had been sitting?
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