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Engine starts but will not idle yet ran perfectly two days

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Engine starts but will not idle yet ran perfectly two days ago - gas tank is half full
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** am I speaking with?
I read what you wrote but I don't see any kind of questions from you, so I don't know what your expectations are. How is it I can help you?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi Jason, what do you think is causing my starting problem.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The engine will start if it's been left for a while but fails to idle and cuts off and cannot be restarted.
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
Is there a primer bulb on the boat? With the engine run at a higher rpm if you raise the throttle?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes, there is a primer bulb. It cuts off before I have a chance to rev the engine
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
Are you pumping the bulb until firm before you start it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes, I did that.
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
So is the engine not idling.... Or is it basically not starting at all? Will it stay running with starting fluid?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
If left for while (time varies) the engine will start but idles for 2 or 3 seconds before cutting out. Then it will not restart unless left for a while.
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
On your throttle handle, do you have the option to put it into neutral and rev it up in neutral? If yes, can you start it wit the throttle 1/4 way open?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is that where press the rubber button on the side of the throttle control?
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
yes
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Can you walk me thru that process ?
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
Push the button in and push the handle forward.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Do I press and hold the neutral button as I move the throttle lever 1/4 forward, and the start the engine?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
R u still there?
Expert:  Charles replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is***** will be assisting you now. do you still need asistance with the engine?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes
Expert:  Charles replied 2 years ago.
Ok, first, check the filter on the engine for water. Remove the housing,and pour the constants into a jar and look for two layers.

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