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Jason, Marine Mechanic
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Experience:  Degree in Marine Technology. Gas and diesel marine mechanic.
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I have a Volvo Penta 5.0 that doesn't idle when the engine

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I have a Volvo Penta 5.0 that doesn't idle when the engine is cold. How can I fix this?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** am I speaking with?
What is the model number on the engine?
Does it idle when it is warm?
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
Are you still with me?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I don't know. Do you mean 5.0 GL
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It doesn't idle a whole lot better when it's warm
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
GL would be a family of engines, and not the exact model. Is this engine fuel injected or carbureted?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
Has the engine had a tune up since new? A tune up would be cap, rotor, plugs, plug wires, and all filters
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I replaced to plugs but that's all
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.

The engine either needs a full tune up or it needs the carb rebuilt. Usually you can tell how bad it is if you lift up the distributor cap and look and see how corroded it is inside of there. The cab and rotor should be changed every year, so if yours is 6 years old I know it needs to be changed either way. At the same time you want to get all the fuel filters as well. If that does not fix it by itself, then the carb would have to come off and be rebuilt. Does that make sense?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Sure does. Were would the model located
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.

It's typically on a sticker right on top of the spark arrestor, on top of the carb. Or on the valve cover. It would start with 5.0GL, but have more letters after it. You would definitely need to find it before ordering any parts. GL is just a family of engines, the rest of the letters after the GL will denote it's full model number.

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Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
Hello, just checking in. Any progress?